Word 4U Today

SELF: MADE

SELF: MADE

The first lie ever told was one that appealed directly to our oh-so-human sense of pride.

Satan told Adam and Eve that, if they ate the fruit that God had told them not to, they definitely wouldn’t die. Satan said that they’d become just like God instead (that’s in Genesis 3, by the way). That lie was a lie of power, and of status, and Adam and Eve bought it.

A lot of people would have done so; after all, we’re mostly inclined to follow our own egos (if you don’t agree, just check all the selfies on Facebook). That’s why Satan hasn’t had to update that particular battle tactic since Eden. He still tells us lies about ourselves to try and get the upper hand.

Whether it’s lies that flatter our ego and make us think we’re so much better than everyone, or lies that lead us to believe the opposite, Satan tries to make us forget God’s truth about us. And that’s so not healthy. The only way that we can have a really, truly, *good* view of ourselves, is if that view comes from God.

In the Psalms, David talks about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14 to be exact), and that’s exactly right. We are wonderful. YOU are wonderful, because God made you. And, because God made you, you are His, and therefore are completely at par with every other human being.

We are all unique, and equal. No better, and no worse, than anyone else.

Let’s start to live like it.

What Now?

Read the whole of Psalm 139. Whichever verse stands out to you, write the number somewhere on this page. Now, draw a little outline-figure of you around that verse. That will remind you to center your idea of yourself around God’s.

‘…The humble…retain honor.’  Proverbs 29:23 NKJV

Joy Ferdiz

July 7th, 2014

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