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Posted by Rick Warren

I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me.  I'm ready for anything and I'm equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me.  That is, I am self sufficient in Christ's sufficiency. Philippians 4:13 (Amp)

"Who are you going to believe? What other people say about you or what God says about you."

When God puts his Spirit in our lives, it gives us confidence. Not the phony, baloney, boot-strap, self-help psychology that the world talks about - "I'm okay, you're okay." When I look around I want to say, "I'm not okay and you're not so hot either!" But the fact is God says, "You are okay." And if God says you're okay, then you are okay!

I've met all sorts of people who are considered highly successful according to the standards of the world. And yet a lot of them feel incompetent, insecure, and incapable.

How about you? Perhaps you look at your life and think it's working.  Sure, you have your problems, but compared to others, you're probably considered successful. Yet, inside there is still a gnawing, inner insecurity and a lack of confidence and a feeling of incompetence.  Why is that? 

It's because you're still listening to old tapes from your past. You're replaying them in your mind over and over. You are acting on the basis of things that people said to you twenty, thirty, forty years ago and they were no more true then than they are now. Old tapes that say things like, "You don't matter." God says, 'Yes, you do!' "You're a loser!" God say, 'No, you're not!' "You'll never amount to anything." God says, 'You are important to me!' 

You need to quit believing those lies and start believing God.  Quit looking in a distorted mirror of what peers and partners and parents have said to you. Start repeating what God says about you: "I am acceptable, I am lovable, I am valuable, I am forgivable, and I am capable." 

Who are you going to believe? What other people say about you or what God says about you.



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