You are not worthy of love.
You will never amount to anything.
You can’t do anything right.
You are ugly.
You are too fat.
You are boring.
Have you heard these things before? Maybe you have told these things to yourself. I know I have. These are all lies. Whether they are told to us by others or we tell them to ourselves, they are lies. Sometimes it is hard for us to see the truth, though, isn’t it? Why is that?
In my twenties, my life was far different from what it is today. I spiraled on a roller coaster of depression. I would have moments of highs in my life when everything seemed to be going just fine, but I would quickly fall into deep sadness and self-deprecation. Now, I have days confidence, but there are still other days I have an overwhelming feeling I do not belong. My inner critic tells me I am not worthy of anyone’s love or admiration.
As an adult child of an alcoholic father, I have battled with self-esteem issues over the years. My dad never told me I was ugly, fat or boring, but others in my life have said those hurtful words to me. Moments of rejection have entered into my heart relaying to me I am not worthy of love, I can’t do anything right, or I will never amount to anything. Those are lies.
Our enemy, Satan, wants us to believe lies like these. He doesn’t want us to flourish. He doesn’t want us to do things right. He doesn’t want us to have love because God is love (1 John 4:8). Satan is the father of lies. When these lies attempt to enter into my mind, I have to remember to combat the father of lies with the Father of truth.
We are warned in the Bible against Satan’s devious ways.