I am not pretty enough. I am the only one that feels this way. I am not good enough. I am a failure. I am too quiet/loud. I am not worthy. Nobody cares what I have to say. I am too young.

LIES! LIES! LIES!

Ladies! Please stop telling yourself these horrible lies. So often we can find ourselves making these excuses up in our heads when we don’t feel adequate to do something. I can’t be involved in that because I won’t fit in. I can’t help with this because I am too quiet and shy. I can’t go to that event because I wasn’t personally invited (even though it was on the bulletin addressed to all women). No man will ever marry me because I am not pretty enough or I am not a “strong enough Christian”. Are you kidding me? God has created you a masterpiece. God has created you to be a helper. And no this doesn’t mean some second hand, do as I tell you robot, but rather God calls women helpers as a complement. God refers to women with this term as He also refers to the Holy Spirit as being to us. Now I don’t know about you ladies but if God is calling me by a term that He is willing to use for Himself, I should feel more than honored to take that title when my Creator gave it to me. God has created you for good works.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:10 

God created you knowing everything about you and yet still wanting a relationship with you (Psalm 139).  So I urge you do not be discouraged and do not continue to tell yourself these lies. Stop fearing man and start fearing God. For you have a God who is strong, and will carry you. You have a God who has already walked through the battle before you even see the battle.

“Cast your burdens on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” 

Psalm 55:22

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

Philippians 4:6-7 

I urge you don’t be content with just believing you will fight these lies when they come but instead prepare ahead of time so that you may battle well against these lies. Don’t be afraid to write down these lies when you think of them and search Scripture for answers. I still have a piece of scrapbook paper in my Bible from a few years ago that has lies that I have believed and Scripture that combats those lies…as I look at the paper today, many of the verses used to fight these lies I have memorized due from quoting them so often to myself and it has truly been a blessing in my life to be able to quote back Scripture as these lies enter my thoughts.

I am a child of God — John 1:12

I am a friend of Jesus — John 15:15

I am made righteous — 2 Corinthians 5:21

I have been justified — Romans 5:1

I have been redeemed — Ephesians 1:7

I am loved — John 15:9

I am a masterpiece — Ephesians 2:10

I am a new creation — 2 Corinthians 5:17

I am created in God’s image — Genesis 1:27

I am free from sin — Ephesians 3:12

I am a co-heir with Christ — James 2:5

I am called — 2 Timothy 1:9

I am victorious through Christ — John 16:33

I am bought with a price — 1 Corinthians 7:23

I am who God says I am.

 

~Much Love, Bible and the Bean

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