Last year I heard someone ask this question in a workshop. I started thinking about it in earnest.
What is keeping me from doing the things I want to do or am called to do?
Is it negative self-talk or thoughts?
The leader of this workshop also challenged us with this question:
“If I talked to you like you talk to yourself, would we be friends?”
Stop and read that again.
Do you downgrade yourself and sabotage your effort with a mindset of inferiority or do you let others do that ?
Sometimes we speak and think negatively about ourselves without even realizing that we’re doing it.
After I do something that I’m not pleased with, I sometimes say to myself, “That was so stupid. Why did you do that?”
It’s a bad habit that I’ve been working on breaking for a while and it’s sometimes a daily battle.
I’ve realized that women (and others) do this too…
I’m doing a Bible study by Lysa Terkeurst called, “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way.”
This morning’s lesson was on realizing what you allow to speak into and over your life.
She wrote, “What gives power to all that I fear others are thinking and accusing and saying isn’t the people themselves. It isn’t even the enemy (of your soul).
I’m the one who decides if their statements have power over me or not…
Who told you that you were anything less than a most glorious creature of the Almighty God ?
Who spoke words over you that stripped you bare and broke your heart?
Whatever statement was spoken to you that came against the truth must be called a lie! ”
Was it you that spoke these things or someone else?
Know this. It’s YOUR Decision whether or not you accept these words or ideas !
Earlier this week I was listening to Jennie Allen’s podcast “Made for More” podcast. She was interviewing Dr. John Perkins, a minister and civil rights leader. He was born in 1930 into a sharecropping family on a large plantation near New Hebron, Mississippi. He spoke of how white children on the bus would holler things out the window at him when he was walking to school. He spoke of things that others would say to him to make him feel inferior. But he said he never believed those things. He said that God protected his mind from those ideas.
God can do that for you too.
“What are some of the negative things you’ve been told by others? What are some of the lies you tell yourself that feed your insecurities?”
Rehearse these statements of truth from God’s word to help you.
You are wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
You are fully known by Him. (Psalm 139:1)
You are loved by Him. ( John 10:14)
He created you for a purpose. (Ephesians 2:10)
Ask God to help you believe what is true about you and Him. Tell Him any of the truths about yourself that you have trouble believing, and ask Him to get you to the point of embracing these truths.”