I have a friend who is going through a very difficult time in her marriage.
I spoke with her this week about the rejection she has experienced by her husband. He simply doesn’t want her anymore and the pain of it is tearing my friend apart. As I interacted with her, I realized she is dangerously close to allowing her circumstances dictate her worth.
Instead of recognizing her husband’s abandonment as his sin, she is internalizing his actions and questioning her own value and intrinsic worth. Perhaps I could see it in my friend because I’ve done it myself in other life situations. Have you ever done the same thing? Question your worth based on the opinion of someone else? It’s easy to do, isn’t it?
Perhaps that’s why we need practical tools for guarding our hearts. As women, we tend to let circumstances, the opinions of others (even complete strangers!), or the behaviors/responses of others tell us who we are. We say things and believe things about ourselves that we wouldn’t speak aloud to another human being. We lather up in self-doubt, condemnation, and accusations.
Friends, I do it too. Yet the Lord graciously reminded me of Christ’s example this morning as I read His word. Jesus’s confidence in who He was equipped Him to serve in His darkest hour.
You see, self-confidence isn’t about “self” at all. It’s about serving others and fulfilling our God-given purpose, and while we need to walk soberly, in humility and awareness of our dependence on Christ, we also need to know who we are in Him. We need to be clothed in truth and decked out with God-confidence because without it, we’ll never be able to serve others.
John 13:3-4 says, “Jesus knew…
1) that the Father had given Him authority over everything and
2) that he had come from God and would return to God.
So He got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples feet…”
Did you catch that? Jesus knew a few key truths and this rightful understanding of Himself and what was His, is what enabled Him to love and serve others when He should have been running for the hills to hole up somewhere safe.
The same is true for us. Thinking rightfully about ourselves is incredibly important to our health, purpose and stability.
One thing Praying the Promises has done for me is increase my God-confidence. Since I’m affirming the very words of God, I know they are true. They aren’t self-generated statements that I only hope come true; rather, they are statements about me spoken by the God who used words to speak the universe into existence. I figure I can place my full weight on words of that sort!
If you find yourself needing to affirm God’s truth over your life today but don’t know where to start, below are ten daily affirmations from God’s word.
10 Daily Scripture Affirmations for Christians:
- I am precious to God and He will take care of me. Matthew 6:25-44
- God has filled my life with good things. I can trust Him to satisfy me. Psalm 103:1-5
- I am not destined for stumbling or destruction. I have a noble purpose and a hope. I Peter 2:8-9
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
- I am equipped for every good deed and lavished with every grace. II Corinthians 9:8
- The Lord is my Shepherd. I lack no good thing. Psalm 23:1
- The Lord is my rock and refuge. He will be a safe place for me today. Psalm 18:1
- The Lord is my light. As dark as this world may seem, I do not have to walk in darkness. Psalm 27:1
- The Lord is right here with me, an ever present help in time of need. Psalm 46:1
- The Lord is coming. He will save me so I need not be anxious or afraid. Isaiah 35:4
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Friend, I encourage you to begin speaking truth over your life and see what a difference it makes. Start small and don’t worry if you miss a day or two. Just pick back up when you remember again! My prayer is that God will strengthen your heart with His promises this week.