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You have an enemy who desperately wants to define your value. Things that have happened to you and that have been said about you are not valid statements of your worth. Your true worth is based solely upon God’s investment in you.
In Genesis 3, everything was awesome (Cue the Lego Movie soundtrack). Adam and Eve were doing great! No one had to cook dinner. No one had to dress for dinner, or for any other occasion. It was beautiful. God would visit them twice a day just to hang out. It was perfect. God even said it was good. (Genesis 1:31)
Genesis 3:1 (NLT) The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
Did God Really Say? “You can’t enjoy any of this stuff?” The first lie is that God isn’t good, especially not to you. What kind of God would make this nice garden and then not let you eat any of it? That’s not a good God at all. So Eve went to bat for God but then went off the reservation.
Genesis 3:2-3 (NLT) “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
It’s best not to argue with the Devil. Just tell him what God said as briefly and succinctly as possible. That’s how Jesus did it.
Genesis 3:4 (NLT) “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman.
An expansion of the first lie is that you also can’t trust God, He isn’t good. He is holding out on you. God lied to you. But, that’s not the doozy. That was the bait. The big lie came next.
Genesis 3:5-6 (NLT) “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” 6 The woman was convinced…
The Second Lie – You are not enough. The way God made you is inadequate. You can’t trust Him, so you better make your own way. And Eve agreed. And Adam agreed. So here we are.
Who Will You Agree With Regarding Your Worth
Agreement tethers you to someone. An agreement gives influence in the area of agreement. Let’s say we agree on our favorite football team. Maybe we are both Cowboy fans (Wyoming, of course). Because of our agreement, I will listen to you when we talk about the Cowboys. When you say “cowboys”, my ears will perk up. When it comes to the Cowboys, we are together. BUT, I won’t listen to you regarding things that we are not in agreement upon. If we disagree on politics, religion, or some other thing, you won’t influence me.
Agreement enlists you as a witness. Satan doesn’t just accuse you, he enlists you as a witness against yourself. He whispers in your ear, “You can’t do it, can ya? God hasn’t really been that helpful, has He?” Eventually, we begin to agree with Him. We begin to think, “Yea, God has kinda let me down. Yea, I’m not able to do much. I’m not that smart, pretty, strong, wealthy, etc.” Now he has a foothold, a stronghold, a place of influence in your life. HE is now tethered to you. And every time he says something about that thing, you listen.
When Your Enemies Determine Your Worth
Our perceived value will determine our life choices. We will often choose jobs, friends, spouses, and many other things based upon our perceived value. If you don’t think you are worthy, you won’t try. And, you won’t keep trying.
Self-deprecation is not your friend. Making yourself small is not helping you and it’s not humility. “I’m not that smart. I’ll mess it up. I’m always wrong.” When you say things like that, the prosecuting attorney is leaning over the witness stand, nodding his head. He just got you to say what he was accusing you of. He doesn’t need your help. Don’t agree with your accuser about you.
Your sins and mistakes have not made you worthless. They do not define your value. Your family does not define your value. Anyone who has abused, lied, bullied, or anything else to you, has no say in your value. How they treated you was a reflection of their own worth, not yours.
When You Agree With Your Champion
You are very precious to God. An Angel once said to Daniel:
Daniel 10:19 (NLT) “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!”…
Daniel was precious to God. Are you precious to God? Do you think you are? Do you believe you are? When you think of the things that you believe God has not done for you, do you take time to remember what He has done?
Romans 8:32 (NLT) Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
You are who God says you are. What do you think about that? There is something to you. Something more than can be seen on the surface. Something more significant than the past you have lived, the mistakes you have made, or the things that have been done or said to you. So, whose words fill your echo chamber? Your enemy or your Champion? Freedom and victory or fear, failure, defeat, and inability?
Do You Agree With Your Champion or Your Enemy?
You have a purpose, a mission, and a destiny. You can change the echoes. You can break the agreements. The enemy can be evicted out of your head. His influence in your life can be revoked. You can change the echoes from the enemy’s hate to the Father’s love, power, and vision.