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Satan, self-esteem and self-talk

Satan appears to be our friend and supporter (John 8:44), but he will do anything to destroy us. We can resist him (1 Peter 5:8-9; 2 Peter 3:9), but it requires spiritual strength and maturity to do so.

One of Satan’s goals is to destroy our self-image. We either think too much of ourselves so we become our own god (Luke 16:18-31), or we consider ourselves worthless.

If we don’t love ourselves, we may be incapable of healthy relationships. What we think of ourselves permeates every aspect of our lives. It can feed on itself, growing in magnitude.

Ultimately, self-loathing makes a relationship with God almost impossible.

When our self-esteem is broken, our self-talk is poisonous. What we say to ourselves becomes increasingly ugly as we beat ourselves up. We can surrender completely to darkness in the process. Satan’s voice mimics ours as we spiral down.

Negative self-talk becomes toxic in our system so that the good around us becomes malevolent through dark lenses. No longer trusting anyone, we fall back on ourselves as our only hope and the cycle continues.

Simply put, if we change the tone of our self-talk, we change our world.

Satan changes the definition of meekness and humility to mean helpless, weak and pitiful. Yet, God wants us to put him above all and to remain strong in doing so (Ephesians 1:19). In fact, God lifts us up when we bow to him (James 4:10).

When we elevate Christ and dig deep into his word, we see our value (Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:16; Psalm 139:13-14). We just have to walk by the spirit and by wisdom so we can avoid these two pitfalls (Romans 8:14).

Brethren, be strong and positive. We should always be energized by our identity in Christ. Any other voice is worthless (Mark 8:34-38).

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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