All of the recent coverage of teenage suicide and bullying has broken my heart because I struggled with low self-esteem and depression throughout my life and I know how terrifying it can be to not feel secure in yourself and your own mind. For anyone who questions their worth and wonders if God loves them, who feels that their very existence is a mistake, I want to let you know that God loves you, He created you and you are a masterpiece in His sight. Satan knows that if he can infiltrate our mind, he can influence how we think about ourselves and disrupt our sense of self-worth. Self-esteem is so important Webster’s defines it as ‘a sense of personal self-worth or a confidence and satisfaction in oneself.’ Our belief or lack thereof in our own value and worth as a child of God affects everything from how we treat others to how we let others treat us.
Satan knows that if we understood “what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:18, 19 KJV). We would embrace our limitless potential in Christ and be bold Christians and our confidence in Him would be a light in dark places. Satan doesn’t want us to know the boundless love of Christ and so he attacks our mind to keep us in bondage by a sense of inferiority. I believe one of the greatest arsenals in his weapon book is shame, which is defined as “a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt and shortcoming.” Satan as our accuser (Revelations 12:10) enjoys nothing more than throwing our shortcomings in our face and making us feel guilty about our past. I can tell you from personal experience that shame can suffocate you, whether it comes from witnessing or experiencing violence, abuse, divorce, addiction, wealth, poverty. One of the devil’s greatest lies is that whatever we went through is our fault and that we are unworthy of God and others love. Oftentimes the isolation shame or just a feeling of being misunderstood and isolated will lead us to seek our self-worth in people, which is dangerous because people are sinful, people will fail you and most importantly people were never supposed to take on what only our Creator can do which is complete us.
Has there ever been a time in your life where you turned to people for acceptance and if so how did God draw you back to Him?