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Self-Esteem vs. Holy Confidence



If you’re feeling less than, unworthy, undeserving, or incapable of... then you’re in the right place.


At some point in our lives we have all been guilty of allowing the voice of others to roar louder than the voice of God. We have all chosen to believe the lies of the enemy before resting in God’s truths. I believe this has been and still continues to be an issue for so many individuals. Today, you have the decision to make it stop.


First off, I want to start out by defining self-esteem.




self-es·teem

[ˈˌself əˈstēm]

NOUN

1. confidence in one's own worth or abilities; self-respect.

synonyms:

self-respect · self-regard · pride in oneself/one's abilities · faith in oneself · pride · dignity · morale · self-confidence · confidence · self-assurance




If you take a double look at the synonyms box you should see the words that specifically stood out to me... faith in oneself and self-confidence. How many of you know that without Jesus we are nothing? Also, that the only one capable of defining us and giving us our worth is the one who created us?


See now, the difference between self-esteem and holy confidence is one is always changing by the words others speak and the shifts of our daily emotions and one is never changing, always constant, and are the promises God has given us in his word.





That boy/girl says,

“You aren’t pretty enough”

“You don’t have enough swag”

“Your personality stinks”

“You aren’t skinny enough”


But God says,

“You are fearfully and wonderfully made” - Psalm 139:14

“You are my workmanship, created for good works” - Ephesians 2:10


Someone tells you,

“You won’t get that degree”

“You can’t beat that team”

“You will never amount to anything”


But God says,

“You can do ALL things through me who gives you strength” - Philippians 4:13


The world says,

“You aren’t loved”

“No one cares about you”


But God says,

“I take delight in you, I will quiet you with my love, and I will rejoice over you with singing” - Zephaniah 3:17

“I have shown you my love by laying my own life down for you at the cross” - Romans 5:8


The world says,

“You are alone”


But God says,

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” - Isaiah 41:10

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9


The world says,

“Your past is too bad”

“Your reputation is ruined”


But God says,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” - 2 Corinthians 5:17




If we continue to look to the world to define our worth and our capabilities, then we will never be able to have the holy confidence God desires for us and we will be left with insecurities and a low self-esteem.


The only way to silence the lies is to stay in the Word of God and speak His truths over yourself daily. He delights in you. He loves you. He made you wonderful and new. He does not leave you alone. And he gives you His strength in times of despair.


I challenge each of you to believe and stand firm in what your creator says about you and to discontinue buying into the lies that have been spoken over you.

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