By Christa Cottam
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before Me.” Isaiah 49:16
Worthless. Insignificant. Unimportant. Useless.
Has someone spoken those words over you? Have you spoken them over yourself? I know I have. Either way, they’re ugly and can leave us feeling powerless and cripple our faith progress.
But with Scripture as our weapon, we have far more power than we realize.
Our Heavenly Father never created anything worthless. We barely have to open the Bible to discover everything God made is intentional, unique, and filled with purpose. Scripture is teeming with statements about our value and worth in Christ. (I think God knew we were going to need constant reminders).
While Scripture confirms that we aren't worthless, the world determines our value by different standards. Let’s face it; we tend to judge ourselves by those same earthly standards! So, if we don’t stay close to God’s Word, where the truth is laid out for us, we can easily be burdened and wounded by insults and lies.
I hold tight—no, cling—to what God says about me in the Bible not only because it’s the truth, but because that’s where I find the power and strength to reject what the world says about me. Scripture is my ammunition against the lie that I don’t matter.
I relentlessly read these truths, speak them over myself, and write them down until they take root deep within me so I can wear them daily as my armor.
Isaiah forty-nine tells us that God has engraved us on the palms of His hands. Engraving is permanent, and it’s not easy or quick. In fact, it's a task that is only completed if it’s worth it.
I’m worth it, my friend, and so are you.
So, the next time you start to get sucked down by negative, self-destructive thinking, open your Bible and immerse yourself in in God’s truth. He says you matter and are deeply, wholly loved.
Christa Cottamis a spunky speaker and women’s ministry and worship leader with a fire in her belly to tell others about Jesus. Visit her online at WhollyLoved.com and find out more by reading her bio at the end of the book.
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Originally published Friday, 28 June 2019.