Some days are more difficult than others. Lately, it seems the difficult days pile up and create weeks. I’m one of those women who battles depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and lack of self-worth. Yep, just being real y’all. You’d think that since the wounds had healed from so many years ago, I wouldn’t face the challenges anymore. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. All it takes in some cases is a simple hurtful word from someone I trusted with my whole heart, and there I am once again; the little girl who could never do the right things to make my father happy.
Have you been there dear sister? It’s one of the most difficult things in the world isn’t it. Hurt comes in all shapes, sizes, and spellings. I think back to the rhyme I used to recite as a little girl, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Oh what a lie that statement is! Words often times hurt worse than any bruise from a stick or a stone. Bruises heal, but the deep, cutting pain of words can leave lingering pain that last a lifetime.
I found myself sitting back, thinking through the situation, and feeling broken-hearted as I watch a part of my life drift away. Then God called me to read Ephesians 1. It didn’t take me more than a few moments to realize why He needed me in that scripture tonight. Why? Quite simply because it is a place where He reminds me who I am, and who I am not. I am not mean, bad, untrustworthy, hard-hearted, or worthless. Those are the words the Enemy throws at me. Those are the words he desperately wants me to believe. For if I believe the Enemy, then I will tuck my once sassy, now saggy little tail between my legs, and crawl off. That’s NOT God’s desire for you or for me dear Sister!
Ephesian 1 tells me that in Christ, I am blessed, chosen, holy, blameless, loved, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, and worthy of the love my Father bestows upon me. Are you like me and often times doubt this list of attributes? Do you think God is speaking to another person, and that person simply cannot be you? I know I feel that way y’all. I want to look over my shoulder to see who this wonderful woman is…where on earth can she be? Then God whispers to me…”look in the mirror my child”.
Do you believe God’s word is absolute truth? I know that I do. So that means what God says to you…to me, in His Holy Word is absolute truth. Here is what we must believe. “…Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with very spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as he chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…” Verses 1-7.
I have to break that down in smaller bites just to begin to realize how incredibly blessed I am. Jesus Christ has blessed me. Y’all, Jesus Christ has blessed us! Say it with me, “Jesus Christ has blessed me!” Wow Sister, the Son of God has blessed you and me! Why? Because we are chosen! The God of the universe chose you and me before the foundation of the world. Before God ever spoke the planets into existence, before He created day and night, and before the oceans were filled with water, God chose me! He chose you!
Ok y’all, say it with me…”Jesus Christ has blessed me!” Now say, “God chose me!” Sister, say it with some feeling! Add some gusto to those statements. It’s too easy to sit here in our pity party thinking about how unworthy and unloved we are. The Enemy would love nothing more than that. That’s not happening tonight! Nope, we…you and I…are going to embrace the reality that God chose us! Do I hear an Amen from some of you out there? I believe I do. Amen and glory!
Oh dear Sister, we are not done yet. No…God goes further, and He says that He accepts us! Not only that, we have been redeemed through the blood of Jesus. Now if you’re not claiming a serious hallelujah right now, you might want to check your pulse. The God of the Universe loves you, chose you, blesses you, has forgiven you, and has redeemed you by the blood of Jesus! Woohooo!! Amen!
Dear Sister, are you hanging out in the sad places? Are you thinking about things people have said or done that have hurt you? Are you feeling unworthy and unvaluable? Girl, get yourself out of that pit right now! In the name of Jesus, read Ephesians 1 and claim it as absolute truth Sister! Claim it as proof that God loves you! Cast that Enemy out of your heart and mind right now, and call God in to the deepest places of your heart to clear out all of the junk that seems to be cluttering that gorgeous heart of yours! Our God is crazy about you! He’s crazy about me! He wrote about it right in His mighty word so that on days like these, when you’re feeling blue, and believing the attacks of the Enemy, you can cling to His promises.
Y’all, grab that love letter from our Lord. Hold onto it as tight as you can! Hide those words in your heart. Repeat those words of affirmation to yourself over and over again. Use that mighty Word of God as a shield to protect yourself from those sticks and stones and words…oh those horrible words, that the Enemy uses to attack. Girl, use His Word as a sword to pierce the Enemy, and then claim in the name of Jesus the mighty victory that you have been rewarded by having faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.