“What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So, don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
How easy it is to get caught up in life and get overwhelmed. We can get so busy that we wear right down to the core. It’s when we’re weak that the enemy comes against us and starts talking us down. We start getting thoughts about not being good enough to keep up; that we aren’t good at what we do and probably won’t succeed.
We must be careful to learn about Satan and what his characteristics are. We must realize that he is in fact, real and that he is a large threat to our mental, emotional, and even physical health. In this article, I want to discuss our self-image and self-esteem, and the war against them. It’s these that give us our sense of value.
I want to encourage people through this article to change their perspective about themselves; to start looking at themselves as God sees them. After all, He’s the Creator and He’s the one with the Plan for our lives. It is God who formed us and sees our whole life. We often operate based on what we can see and what we feel. This is what the enemy is counting on. This makes it easy to come in and put destructive thoughts into our minds.
The enemy will either be trying to draw us into something through temptation or push us into busyness. Either way, the end results in separation from God. We get too distracted through busyness or we get into sin; both of these cause us to not live for God and this is what makes the devil happy.
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Satan targets young people
Another thing I want to point out is that the enemy, Satan, attacks our children and teenagers very often. He comes to them and puts these condemning thoughts into their minds that mess with their perception of themselves. He gets in there and makes them question their own value and worth.
Why younger people? Satan is weak. He is likened to a lion who preys on the weak, the vulnerable, the sick, and the lonely. Young people are essentially “weak and inexperienced” compared to most adults. With this in mind, we build confidence through experience. So, it’s easy for the enemy to come and attack the mind of someone who doesn’t have a strong foundation.
How many teens have taken their own lives due to low esteem and depression? How many teens turn to intimate and sexual relationships just to feel good and loved and like they matter? And, how many turn to drugs to escape reality and pressure?
I’m telling you, the enemy is coming for the youth, who are the leaders of tomorrow. If he can get in and destroy them and their minds and corrupt them, he will.
Who the devil see’s us as
I want to say that the enemy doesn’t only target the younger generation. I mentioned earlier that he preys on the weak, the vulnerable, the lonely, the sick, and the tired. People who are in these mental and physical states are the easiest for Satan to attack.
Unprotected. I should add “unprotected” to this list of traits the enemy is looking for. What does it mean to be unprotected?
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
If we aren’t walking in the protection of God, then we are unprotected from the enemy. This Scripture shows us that we are living in a spiritual realm where spirit fights against spirit and wars each other for our souls. So many people don’t put any thought into this. They go day by day based on emotions; “Well, I guess today just wasn’t good; maybe tomorrow will be better!”
Satan sees us as protected or unprotected. He doesn’t have feelings like we do. Not only will he knock us down and make us feel bad about ourselves; he will keep pushing us right into depression and ultimately, if he can, right into suicide. Satan is ugly. He is a destroyer. Unless you are spiritually strong and rooted in the safety of the Lord, you are vulnerable to attacks from the devil.Neil T Anderson has helped many people to break free from the bondage of sin. His books Victory Over the Darkness and Bondage Breaker are powerful to help you to break free from negative thoughts and bondage. Also available on DVD (Victory Over the Darkness), and DVD (Bondage Breaker)
Who God sees us as
We are God’s prized possessions. We were created by God, for God. We were created for fellowship with God, and might I add, for eternal fellowship with God. When God was forming us in our mother’s womb, He surely wasn’t thinking of our shortcomings. No; He would’ve been thinking about all the good we would do in His Name and how we would bring joy and glory to Him through our lives.
When we study the character of God, we can see that He is optimistic. He sees the full potential of His Creation. So, when we are attacked by Satan and we start feeling and talking like we’re no good and have no value in this life, it burdens the Lord. He is there, waiting, for us to turn to Him and cry out to Him for help and protection from the enemy.
Again, the Lord’s character is not a pushy type. He wants us to choose Him, but He won’t force us. Satan is counting on people thinking that God is a tough God who rules with a heavy hand. Well, He is and He does; but only to those who deny Him and refuse the Holy Spirit. To those who reach out to God, regardless of mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual condition, He lovingly takes their hand and starts the healing process in that person.
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, ‘For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.’) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We must not underestimate God’s love for us. If you are feeling of low value, reach out to God and start talking to Him. Spend time reading the bible, specifically, verses that describe God’s love for you.
Find purpose through God’s work
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
I have lived on both sides of life; good and evil. I spent many years, more than 35, living in darkness. I allowed the enemy to destroy me from within. I allowed him to get into my mind and destroy my self-image. I got to the point where I had zero confidence to do anything. I immediately felt in my heart that I would instantly fail, so why try?
When I finally turned to God in desperation, He immediately gave me comfort and I could tell there was healing taking place. But this didn’t happen by sitting idle. I had to pray to Him and read His Word, the bible. I had to seek out Scripture that spoke of His promises to us. I had to accept that I was accepted, even in my lowly state.
But this still wasn’t enough. I was certainly starting to understand that I did have value and that I was important, but that God wanted me to do something with my life. I started to realize that when God created me and you, He had a higher purpose for our lives. He had predestined “Work” for each of us to do. That’s why he gave us certain skills and talents and gifts.
I can honestly say, that since I started doing the Lord’s work through this blog and books and even by living as an example of Christ, my self-perception and self-worth have improved tremendously.
Now, I no longer base my worth on what I can do, but instead, on what I can do for God. It’s Him who gives me strength and knowledge and wisdom. It’s Him who protects my mind from the enemy. So, why not seek my worth and potential from Him?
If you are feeling low in life, I understand. The why won’t matter. The devil doesn’t care. He uses any situation he can to attack you. He won’t let up. I can say that if you are struggling with low esteem and low self-worth or value, that you will find comfort in God. It will require some effort on your part, but, turning to God in full surrender is the first step to healing.
In doing this, you can gain valuable knowledge about who you are in Christ; predestined by God to be a champion. We seriously must stop looking to the view of others or comparing ourselves to others. God made each of us unique, and with unique skills, talents, gifts, and characteristics. So, forget about what others think about you, and this includes your choice to follow God. Hey, it’s you that has to live with you; everyone else gets to go home, right?
Start by asking Jesus to come and help and to heal. Be sure to close off any doors to the enemy. These doors are any sins in your life; anything you currently might be doing that isn’t of God’s character. This is the way to a clean conscience. Having a clean conscience before God is the way to right living and being in a position for God to work in and through you.
Life is a journey. None of us will master it in this short time. God knows this. He isn’t calling us to master life; He is calling us to love the Lord and to do good to others. That’s it. Everything else is what we put on ourselves. Being led by God is far different then being led by ourselves. But only you can know this through your own personal journey with Christ.
Oh, and by the way; if you have any doubts about you being able to find relief in God or God’s ability to save you, this is the devil feeding you lies. This is exactly how he works. Get to know his works and characteristics and more importantly, the power that is in you over the devil when Jesus lives in you!
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