Not As Good As…..

Maintaining a healthy self esteem is a battle at times for all of us.  Our arch enemy, Satan, understands how important a low self esteem is to bring us down.  He does not want you to be happy, peaceful, or successful. Never forget that this dastardly enemy never means well — ever!  If he fails in keeping you from knowing Jesus personally, his next endeavor is to keep you from having a close, loving, and joyful relationship with God.  How does he set out to accomplish this horrible task?  He does what he has always done from the beginning.  He lies with the goal to make you miserable!

Satan wants you to feel terrible about yourself.  He wants you to believe any good idea that comes to your mind is foolish.  He will whisper that you are stupid, appear silly to others, that someone else could accomplish any task better than you, that you were born a loser and will always be one, that no one respects you, loves you, or believes you to be anything special.  His lies are relentless. 

Your Heavenly Father, by stark contrast, tells you the truth at all times.  He tells you that if He puts an idea into your mind, it’s workable.  He is not concerned that someone else may do the task better than you; He is only concerned that you understand the truth of Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”  He also tells you in Zechariah 4:10, “Do not despise small beginnings for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”  Why does He rejoice?  Because He knows what comes next.  He knows this small task He has assigned to you, that He has trusted to you, is not only doable, but that pressing on to accomplish all He has given you to do will bring inner peace and joy that cannot be measured.  God Almighty desires with all His heart of love that you grow in peace and joy.  He wants you to have a healthy self esteem, to understand that He loves you so much, that if you choose to receive the gift of His salvation, you will live eternally with Him.  He adores you so much it cannot be measured.  Satan hates you so much it also cannot be measured.

Our arch enemy always whispers it can’t be done, you’ll fail, how foolish to even attempt.  He always tells you you’re not as good as someone else.  Your Heavenly Father urges you to go forth, to trust Him to be your everything to get you through anything.  He whispers that He has a plan, custom designed for you, to give you hope and a future.  (Jeremiah 29:11)  You are in the center of His heart.  You are the object of His love; that’s why He sent His Son to pay the ultimate sacrifice so you may live in perfect joy with Him forever.  Concerning that future home, He gives us this magnificent promise in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.  All these things are gone forever.”  Imagine that — gone forever.

God’s eternal joy is yours for the asking.  Tell Satan in Jesus’ name to take a hike.  Refuse to listen to his relentless lies.  Choose instead to focus on Jesus.  Do whatever He puts in your heart to do, knowing of a certainty, it’s not important that someone else could do it better — God chose you.  He wants to bless you for your obedience to His ways.  He knows that with His help you can do anything.  If He didn’t know that, He would have never asked in the first place.  So, lift your face to the heavens and go forth in joy.  Your Heavenly Father is your best cheerleader and enabler.  

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