[This devotion on negativity is a part of the Weekend Word devotional series. Come back every Saturday to get refreshed through the reading of God’s Word.]
Today’s Scripture: 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
(Revelation 12:10, NIV)
“You’ll never be good enough.”
Maybe you’ve heard these words spoken over you. Maybe you’ve spoken them over yourself. Now, you’ve heard these words so often that you’ve started to believe them.
Words like these, whether they’re spoken to us by another person, or we’ve spoken them over ourselves, rob us of the chance to be effective in God’s kingdom. They steal our joy, our hope, and our strength.
But they only have the power to do this if we internalize them.
We can’t control the things people say about us. It’s hard sometimes to even control the thoughts that enter our minds. What’s important is how we handle these thoughts when they come.
The Bible calls Satan our accuser. He is constantly trying to “inform” God of all those things that supposedly make us unfit for God’s service: that we’re not good enough, we’re too messed up, too broken, too sinful. His job is to accuse us, but the Bible says that Satan will be cast out. He is defeated.
If Satan is defeated, why are we trying to do his job for him?
We do his job when we internalize negative words spoken over us, or when we speak harsh words to ourselves. Words like “I’m stupid,” “I’m useless,” or “I’ll never get this right.”
The more often we speak negativity over our lives, the more we start to believe it’s true. We begin to believe that we’re worthless, that we’re stupid, and that we’ll never make a difference in the world.
Thankfully, these aren’t the words that God speaks over us. Yet, it’s sometimes easier to believe the lies Satan tells us than to believe the truth that God wants us to hold in our hearts.
But if the things you say over yourself end up being what you believe, there’s good news. Instead of doing Satan’s job for him by speaking negativity, we can become more confident in who God created us to be by speaking God’s truth.
When harmful words are spoken over you by yourself or by others, declare some of these words over yourself instead:
- “I am loved.”
- “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins“ (1 John 4:10).
- “I am strong.”
- “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).
- “I am a child of God.”
- “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
- “I am wonderful.”
- “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14).
- “I am forgiven.”
- “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
- “I am more than a conqueror.”
- “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us“ (Romans 8:37).
- “I am God’s handiwork” (His masterpiece).
- “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
- “I am chosen, royal, holy.”
- “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
God says all this about us and so much more. Why should we make the devil’s job any easier? The next time a negative thought enters your mind, immediately replace it with God’s truth.
Today’s Thoughts: Is there a lie about yourself that you’ve begun to believe? Can you replace it with any of these verses? What other verses do you know that you can speak over yourself on a daily basis?