Monday, March 21st, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 31)
Overcome: By Revaluation
So God created man in His Own Image; in the Image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Genesis 1:27 (NKJV)
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your Eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your Book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
Psalm 139:13-16 (NKJV)
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
Let me begin this devotion by confessing something recent and personal. Starting with childhood insecurities, a demon of worthlessness haunted me.* Maybe because I was heavy and shy. Maybe because my parents worked a lot.
Maybe because I wasn't much like them: attractive, popular and connected. Suffice it to say, our house had spirits, but not the One Spirit every home needs. Being freed from whispers of worthlessness is a truly special delivery. This liberty is freshly acquired.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your value, measured before your birth, is greater than the Eiffel Tower. It's richer than trillions of dollars. It's brighter than any diamond. It's higher than the presidency. It's broader and deeper than the sea. God created you like no other:
His Own Hands made you and fashioned you. You are an intricate unity, designed for a wonderful purpose.** Your destiny requires agreement with God's adoring visions of you. But this agreement must come from you--as no one but you can deny it, and no one but you can affirm it.
If a person, parent or demon whispers wily words of worthlessness, saying you'll never do anything good, exciting or noteworthy, deny them in the Name of Jesus. Then be about your Father's business.
To Be Continued...
* I realize the subject of demons (especially demons hounding believers), is controversial. If you're new to AMTC, please check out our 50-part series on Deliverance, http://amtcdevotions.org/deliverance-part-1-what-about-it. Some of you may wonder how the supposedly high-achieving founder of AMTC could ever feel worthless. Here's how: my feelings of worth were founded on achievement, not Jesus. Anything not founded on The Rock will falter and fall. It's only a matter of time until all (worldly) successful people will realize its emptiness. And unless they turn to God, they will experience its failure at the end. Let me hazard another controversial guess: many of the most exalted people are trying to chase away that same demon: worthlessness. But only agreement with God and the power of His Spirit will accomplish that feat.
One more thing: I have been told by God that any verbal self-denigration (word curses, putting myself down) will open the door for worthlessness to re-enter my life. Therefore, let us all leash our tongues before speaking negative words over ourselves.
** 'Your Hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity' (Job 10:8).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.