Self-mutilation, self-injury and self-harm–these are the words that describe a condition of a person who purposefully hurts him/herself. Whenever we experience first hand someone struggling with self-harm, we can’t believe our eyes. The evidence of self-hurt is caught in grotesque images of cuts, burns and bruises. People struggling with this condition willfully hurt themselves because of a condition in the heart.
It’s interesting that we instantly seek help for people struggling with physical self-harm, but every day we ourselves experience emotional self-harm and think nothing of it. We speak negative words over ourselves, and we believe this is normal or even okay. But negative self-talk is not okay. We damage God’s beautiful creation with every word that cuts, burns and bruises our hearts and souls.
I struggle with negative self-talk, and I think (if women were honest) many of us do. We want to be thinner, prettier, smarter, more talented, funnier and more adventurous. We examine our flaws with a microscope and purposefully ignore God’s thoughts of truth about us. We self-multilate with every piercing thought and word and wonder why we can’t find joy in our day. But what we don’t realize is that emotional self-harm is a condition of the heart too. We have forgotten what our Heavenly Father says about us, and we have listened to and believed the lies of the Enemy.
Today, we need to stop the negative self-talk–even little mean words can chip away at our joy. We must start each day with a fresh revelation of how God sees us. Our emotions need to be set in truth from the get-go and surrendered to the the authority of the Holy Spirit. God sees us as His sons and daughters. He values us and places His worth in each of us. He has an amazing plan for our lives. He has invested His Son, Jesus Christ, into our hearts and souls. We can’t let the Enemy and our negative self-talk steal what Jesus died to give us–His righteousness, His forgiveness, His grace and His victory. Let us recall and reclaim God’s precious thoughts over us, so we can experience joy every day, not just when we feel like it!
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.” – Psalm 139:17-18
You are VICTORIOUS: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37
You are RIGHTEOUS: “And to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:24
You are ROYALTY: “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
You are NEW: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
You have PURPOSE: “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
You have LIGHT: “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:5
You have a GEAT FUTURE: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
You SHINE: “Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” – Philippians 2:15
You are GOD’S CHILD: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. If indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share with His glory.” – Romans 8:17
Take CAPTIVE every thought that harms your image in Christ. Those arguments of negative self-talk are LIES, and they need to be demolished! Today, how can you make your thoughts stay obedient to Christ?
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
~This article was first posted at the Internet Cafe Devotions!