How many times has the world said these things to you? How many time have you said them to yourself? How many times have you had things like this spoken over you? How many times have you believed them to be true? How many times have you listened to these lies of the enemy? Like me, too many no doubt…
For us, as people, especially as women, it is so easy to believe lies about ourselves. When all the world shouts is “You are not good enough as you are” from so many directions, from our TV screens, from the internet, from people around us, even friends and on occasion the Church.
The above images are from my favourite tv programme ‘One Tree Hill’. I find it insane that even in a fictional scenario, a woman as beautiful as ‘Brooke’ played by Sophia Bush could feel these things about herself. But she does, because the lies of the enemy are not restricted to you, or me, or the ‘least attractive’ or least confident, but effect almost everyone.
Anywhere, at any point in life it is so easy to look around, compare yourself to others and conclude that you are not as pretty, capable, smart, confident, talented or good as them. But that is an utter lie!! You are perfect just as you are! And do you know how I know? Because the Creator of the Universe, the God of heaven and earth, the King of Kings, and Savior of the world tells me so…
The Bible is just bursting full of the TRUTH God intends you to know and believe. The Scriptures speak constantly against the lies of the world, and uphold the truths of how the Father sees you.
Regardless of what you have done, how you feel, how many times and in whatever ways you have messed up, how broken you feel, or how far from God you may be … the truth remains you are an adored beloved child of God.
You are Beautiful (Ps 45:11) – ‘The King is enthralled by your beauty…’
You are Unique (Ps 139:13) –
You are Unique. Be true to who you are…
You are loved! (Jer 31:3) – “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
You are special (Eph 2:10) – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
You are unique. Created by God for His glory- to do his good works, things that only you could do. He wants you to live entirely for Him, doing all that you were called to do, and being all that you were called to be. To show people that you were here, for His glory.
You were created for a purpose (Jer 29:11)- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
You are cared for (Eph 3:17-19) – ‘17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.’
You are lovely (Dan 12:3) – ‘Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. ‘
You are important (1 Pet 2:9) – ‘But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.’
You are royalty. Daughter of the King of Kings, a member of the Royal priesthood. You are special.
You are Forgiven! (Ps 103:12) – ‘As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.’
Is 1:18 ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…’
You are a New Creation (2 Cor 5:17) – ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’
You are family (Eph 2:19) – ‘So then, you Gentiles are not foreigners or strangers any longer; you are now citizens together with God’s people and members of the family of God.’
Whenever you are doubting how precious you are, it’s so important to remember not only what God says about you, but also that you are surrounded by a family, a sisterhood of women who no doubt often feel the same way that you do, and you can remind you who you are in His eyes.
Ultimately the key thing to remember is that you belong to Jesus. You are His and he adores you. Whatever you are going through or feeling, no matter what you circumstance NOTHING can take that identity from you, and NOTHING can remove you from His love.
Did you know…
That you were handmade
To be just who you are
Every hair you have is counted, every tear drop, every scar
Every feature is gently fashioned and finished off by hand
Unique though not unequaled, essential to His plan
No one else can do what you do No one else can play your part
Made in God’s own Image
And loved with all His heart.