Beloved, are you tired of being beaten down? If so, the Lord gave me this word to encourage you today:
“My beloved, you are worth defending.”
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And then I heard Him continue by saying:
“You think you have to let people walk all over you, but you don't. There is a difference between “turning the other cheek” versus thinking so lowly and little of yourself that you give yourself no value.
When you “turn the other cheek,” your self-esteem doesn't suffer.
By turning the other cheek, you are honoring Me–but the correct position from which to do this is the position of knowing how valuable you are to Me, and that of knowing that your decision to turn the other cheek doesn't reduce or diminish your value one iota.
But, My beloved, too often you have simply let people walk all over you–and your self-esteem has suffered every time. You need to know, however, that you are worth defending.
It's okay to have boundaries. It is, in fact, good.
You should know how much I love you. You should be free to refuse to put up with people and situations in which you are abused, for you are My child and you can stand up against injustice when any of My children are abused–even when that child is yourself.
Don't you remember how many times I came to My children's rescue in the Scriptures?
- David, when My enemies burned Ziklag. I told him to go after his wives, children, and people–and that he would surely recover all.
- Hagar, how I provided for her in the desert.
- Think of My people Israel and all the times I showed up and fought for them when their enemies encamped round about them to destroy them.
You are worth defending, My love, My delight.
I love you with an everlasting love. I formed you for such a time as this. Your life is divinely ordained. You have value to Me and on the earth. You are precious and priceless.
And you are worth defending.
Don't think that I have abandoned you to suffer. I have not, I have not, I have not and will NEVER abandon you–and I did not cause your suffering.
I want to help you.
You are precious and valuable. You are worth defending, and you are worth standing up for.
It's okay to refuse to tolerate abuse and injustice.
I say it again: you are worth defending. Ask Me to help you. Use wisdom and follow My principles to stand against unrighteousness. I have given you wisdom; use it and ask Me for more!
Ask Me also for courage, hope, understanding, and discernment. My wisdom, understanding, and discernment will keep you if you use them. My angels are here with you to help you. Use wisdom and act as I walk with you through this maze.
My beloved, you must love yourself in order to love Me properly.
I made you; so, when you hate yourself, you are holding a bad picture of Me in your head, your Creator. Your hatred for yourself reveals your inner perception of Me, for you are made in My image.
I made you; you are beautiful in My sight! But you cannot know Me or love Me when you think I made you poorly, for your thoughts about yourself reveal your thoughts about Me.
You are My workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works; My design; My delight. I wish you knew this.
Beloved, you cannot transform your thinking without repentance.
If you truly want to move on and change your thoughts about yourself, you must acknowledge that your thoughts about yourself and Me have not lined up with My Word. You must confess this as sin, for it is sin. And you must decide to think differently about yourself.
You can transform your thoughts about yourself by studying My Word and learning what I have to say about you. As you read:
- Capture every thought I tell you I have about you and make those thoughts your own.
- Chew and meditate on each thing I say about you, in the context in which I wrote it.
- Teach yourself who you are based on the Owner's Manual and instructions for your life: My Word.
- Remember that I am He who fashioned you; I am your Manufacturer and Creator; and I am the ultimate and only authority about who and what you are.
I love you, My child. I cherish you.
You have immeasurable value and worth, both to Me and to those around you. Your life has indescribable value and worth here on the earth.
You have to choose to believe it, though. You have to choose to acknowledge any area of life in which you have not thought about yourself the way I do, and change that area of your thinking by My grace.
You can do it, and I will help you. What will you choose today? Please, choose life; for I will never leave you nor forsake you, and we can do this together.
Your loving Papa God.”
Thank You for that comforting word, Heavenly Father.
May we all love You enough to submit to Your gracious and loving thoughts about ourselves. Help us to receive and accept Your love, and let it transform our hearts and lives, in Jesus' holy name.
My friend, is the Lord speaking to your heart through this word? If so, please leave a comment below and let me know how He touched you. I love to hear your thoughts!
Note: If you are in a situation where you are being abused, I want to encourage you today to get out of that situation immediately and get to a safe place.
Work on healing your self-esteem, your heart, and your life with the help of a godly, Christian, Bible-based professional counselor if you need to–but heal from a safe place where you are no longer being abused.
If you are being abused, here are some resources that may help you:
- Resources to help you stand up for yourself and say NO to bullying, disrespect, and abuse – from Marriage Today with Jimmy and Karen Evans (my favorite marriage ministry)
- Healing the Emotionally Abusive Marriage – from Focus on the Family
- Resources for healing from physical abuse and escaping domestic violence – from Focus on the Family
I pray these resources will help you.