Yesterday morning at church we celebrated with families as their beautiful babies were dedicated. It was a delight to hear the words the children’s pastors, Dave and Abi, prayed and proclaimed over each child regarding their unique design and destiny.
Many of us can remember words spoken over us as children. Unfortunately we remember them because they were more destructive than constructive. Words that knocked us back rather than called us on. “You’ll never amount to anything”. “Why can’t you be more like your brother?”. “Don’t be stupid”. “You’re a disaster”.
Words that maybe were uttered only once by one person, yet echo in our head and hearts all the time and act as a filter for anything spoken to us by anyone else.
Why do these negative words dominate our thoughts and block out the encouragement and affirmation spoken over us?
We may hear the accusation, intimidation and condemnation spoken by the enemy but we can choose whether we want to listen or not. He is a liar (John 8:44) and a deceiver (Rev 12:9). We can block out the words of the father of lies (John 8:44) by exchanging those lies for the words of our Heavenly Father who is the Father of TRUTH (John 14:6). We need to allow the truth of who He says we are to penetrate our souls and to echo loudly in our heads and hearts.
More than that, we need to speak out His words “to silence the enemy and the avenger” (Psalm 8:2).
So what is His truth for me?
I am precious (Isaiah 43:4)
I am beloved (Colossians 3:12)
I am chosen (Ephesians 1:4)
I am known (Psalm 139:1)
I am treasured (Deuteronomy 7:6)
I am His delight (Psalm 147:11)
I am adopted (Ephesians 1:5)
I am God’s child (Romans 8:15)
I am God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
I love the reactions of kids when I give out stickers in my Spanish class to tell them “fantástico” and “excelente”. Today the Father wants to stick the truth of who you really are on your heart.
The Father of Truth doesn’t just give out new stickers but He also removes all the old labels the enemy had allowed others to stick on you.
So the next time the enemy whispers “who do you think you are?” in your ear, remind him exactly who you are and whose you are!!!