“It’s Impossible!” – Our Struggle with Self-Worth

What does the word “Impossible” really mean?

To some people, the word means that whatever you are attempting to do won’t work and to some; it is too difficult for them and they give up. But let me tell you a secret; it’s not Impossible; that is just the enemy saying, “That’s right. Whatever God promised you is too much for someone who has committed such terrible sins” But what does God say? Let’s turn to Jeremiah 1:5 to see what Jesus says about our self-worth.

Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you were born I consecrated you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

This verse shows just how much God says you are worth. I like this verse because; when I was younger and still have trouble with to this day is my own self-worth. I would and sometimes still doubt my own abilities and have a low opinion of myself as I felt that my value as a friend to others was less than everyone else around me. It wasn’t until I heard the song called You are More by Tenth Avenue North; that I realized that I was worth so much to God than anything that I felt about myself.

Even after listening to the words, I still felt that I was unworthy of the promises God had for my life and that it was impossible to reach the so-called “standards” of what I previously thought was my God-given purpose on this Earth. Now though, I’m starting to recognize that my idea of self-worth is something of the enemy and so is the word “Impossible”.

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The word “Impossible”; if broken down simply says, “I’m Possible” or “I am Possible” a phrase that in my opinion; God uses to remind us that we were created to be a solution to a possible problem, but the enemy twisted the word into meaning that what God created us to do is “Impossible”. But let’s see what God says about impossibility in Matthew 19:26.

Matthew 19:26
“… With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”

Web Consultant Mike Mobley said in an article entitled, “Scripture on Self Worth” “… There are other times we as Christians need reminders of how God sees all of us with tremendous value”.

Mike Mobley also said, “God sees tremendous value in His children because when He looks at them, He sees Jesus.”

We, as Christians and people, have to remember that the word “Impossible” isn’t God speaking, but the enemy. Kutless, a Christian rock band has a song entitled, “What Faith Can Do” and the second lines of the second verse of the song focuses on the word “Impossible”.

“Impossible is not a word. It’s just a reason for someone not to try” – Kutless “What Faith Can Do.” 

These first two lines describe to us as people that the word “Impossible” isn’t a word, but just an excuse for not doing something and in my opinion; this is where the enemy traps us in doubting our self-worth. Veronica Neffinger, an editor for Christianheadlines.com wrote an article on crosswalk.com, entitled, “Where are you finding your Self-Worth” focuses on this very subject.

She stated that “we tend to replace a Biblical view of self-worth with a much smaller, and even harmful, worldly one.”

In my opinion, that is exactly what we continue to do; we replace God’s words about what we are worth with society’s distorted view on self-worth and that should stop. A good example of this topic in the Bible would be when God first created man. Yes, He already knew the road man would go, but He says in Genesis what we as people should except for ourselves.

Genesis 1:26
“Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…”

Genesis 1:26 shows us exactly how God sees us and how much we are worth. If you aren’t convinced; look at Jesus and what He went through for us; God loved us so much that He gave up His Son because He knew how much we were worth saving. Jesus came to Earth, ministered, was beaten and crucified all because we were worth more to Him. Blogger Mere Ramblings wrote a blog post, entitled, “You Don’t Need to Be Liked” which focused on how society has capitalized on humanity’s need for finding self-worth and how we should look to God for justification of who we are.

She said it this way, “As a Christian, I’m taught that my self-worth comes from God’s love for me, not from anything else… it’s much harder to put this knowledge into practice. We still yearn for love from other places in our life, whether it be from admiration from our peers, from a romantic partner, or from a pet. This I think is because these loves are more tangible. We can see people. It’s hard to see God.”

Mere Ramblings’ blog also has several statements that that I feel we as people should take to heart, no matter if you’re Christian or not.

  • “…why even look for love that is fleeting and fickle when I already am loved by the God of creation who loves me unconditionally for who I am?”
  • “I don’t need to feel worry over the opinions of others. I can love freely because Jesus already loves me.”
  • “– my shortcomings do not make me inadequate.”

In the end, though, if you feel that you are having trouble wondering if you are worthy enough to be in a relationship with this person or worthy enough to be friends with people who don’t believe in God; then look no further than towards the heavens and remember that God is the only person you need know finds you worthy; even when you sin time and time again.

So, the next time you feel unworthy of God’s love or you think something is impossible; What Will You Do? Will you give into the impossibility or will you stand strong and say, “Lord, How do you see me?” Please comment below and join the discussion.

God’s Blessings,
Joshua Reid

 

References

Mere Ramblings. “You don’t need to be liked.” Writingandcandour.wordpress.com. Writing and Candour, 14 July 2017. https://writingandcandour.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/you-dont-need-to-be-liked/ . Accessed 14 July 2017.

Mobley, Mike. “Scripture on Self-Worth” Before the Cross, http://www.beforethecross.com/scripture/scripture-on-self-worth/ . Accessed 15 July 2017.

Neffinger, Veronica. “Where Are You Finding Your Self-Worth”, Crosswalk.com, 02 Dec. 2015. http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/christian-trends/where-are-you-finding-your-self-worth.html . Accessed 15 July 2017.

“Kutless, What Faith Can Do.” YouTube, uploaded by 2emilyl, 7 years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur6Zznc407U . Accessed 15 July 2017.

“Your Are More – Tenth Avenue North.” YouTube, uploaded by marina l, 4 years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5i8WbMCva8 . Accessed 15 July 2017.

 

Picture References

Church Iglesia. “Luke 1-37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/church4u2/32209939022/in/photostream/ . Accessed 15 July 2017.

Viral Creek. “Nothing is Impossible”, http://quotes.viralcreek.com/nothing-impossible/ . Accessed 15 July 2017.

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on ““It’s Impossible!” – Our Struggle with Self-Worth

  1. Thanks for commenting! This is a great post. I was told recently that was is impossible in our eyes is a chance for opportunity for God to work. He can do the impossible and He will (just as He has in my own life). We just need to accept His love and help, which is much easier said than done, because accepting His help means letting God intervene, and it’s hard to let go of the reigns sometimes.

    Also – I love the song What Faith Can Do by Kutless, it’s been one close to my heart since high school. It’s so powerful.

    Looking forward to seeing more posts in the future, Joshua!

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      • Thank you for the the comment. If you don’t mind me asking: Was there a situation in your life that caused to think that the situation was “Impossible” and that you were unworthy of being God’s child?

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      • I think saying I felt unworthy of being God’s child might be a little strong, but I ran a Young Adult’s Retreat for the Lord this spring, and I definitely had my doubts, wondering if I was the right person for the job. Things that I was confident about before kinda fell out. But just as I started to doubt myself, that’s when God really pulled through! My registrations doubled and He provided an amazing weekend for some amazing young adults. Overall I know God’s gonna make things work. He always does.

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  2. I apologize for saying that you felt that you were unworthy of being God’s child.

    It’s great to see how just when you were about to doubt yourself, God shows Himself strong. He continued to bless you and help you lead the retreat.

    God is Great!!!
    Remember: Psalms 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”

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    • Oh no, don’t worry. There have been times where I have felt unworthy of God’s love, definitely, but not really where it intersected with an ‘impossible’ situation. Feeling unworthy of God’s love, for me, is followed by repentance (because usually sin is the culprit). In the situation described above, I was just saying that while I doubted being right for the position, I didn’t feel unworthy of being a child of God specifically.

      God is super great! He even helped me with another ‘impossible’ situation this morning. Has there been an impossible situation for you that God had made possible?

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      • Although this wouldn’t be considered an impossible situation, but more or less an internal struggle with who I see myself to be in Christ. Several months ago around November 2016, Pastor Dewayne Freeman came to my church (Grace Church) where he said to me that God had a calling of leadership over my life. At the time and even now, I still wrestle with the thought that I have a calling to be a leader as I’ve never before seen myself to be one.

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      • Stepping into a leadership position can definitely be a mental struggle. If it helps any, in a way all Christians are born to be leaders. We must stand with God and represent Christ, which usually means standing against the world. We are also called to make disciples, which is definitely a form of leadership (I still struggle with this one). If it’s fear that’s making you wrestle, spend more time in God’s word, because God’s love casts out all fear. Jesus qualifies the called, He doesn’t call the qualified. He will equip you with what you need. God shines best when you’re out of your comfort zone.

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  3. Thank you for the comment and You Are Right!!!

    More often then not; when we’re in our comfort zone, we don’t and cant receive the blessing(s) that God has in store for us. It’s only when we step out of our comfort zone do we receive the blessing.

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