“I don’t think she is going to make it into that school.” The words echoed over and over in my head.
Was she right? I couldn’t stop thinking about how she felt about me and if her words were accurate.
She was my teacher. I trusted her and thought she believed in me, but when she whispered those words to her colleague I had lost hope that anyone believed that I was capable of doing good things.
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My confidence plummeted… and believing in myself was hard already.
Even though I heard those words 20 plus years ago as a young girl, they have still stuck with me: causing me hurt and pain; knocking my confidence down a notch; and making me feel that I was unintelligent and incapable.
Words have the great power to shatter your confidence and cause you great anguish for years. They did for me, and I am betting they have for you too.
They can make you question your abilities, appearance, and who you are.
They can be lies to make you feel, and be, less than God created you to be.
Thus, it’s important that you stay in the Word of God to fully embrace who you are and know what you are capable of.
Confidence stems from living in the truth of who God created you to be and who you are.
His Word relays the truth of who you are. Its strength allows you not to let the lies and words of others penetrate you and cause you deep seated wounds that last for years.
Here are three biblical truths about the Word of God to remind you of its power; allowing you to believe the truth of who you are in it:
1. God’s Word is a mighty force; nothing can stand against it.
His words are not just words on a page—they produce the ability to change your mind, heart, attitude and demeanor.
Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) says: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
It’s more potent than any lie. It frees you from the hurt and pain when you go to it.
Knowing its power is imperative when you are wrestling with hurtful words from others.
When you say his Word, you can know it’s literal. You are loved, chosen, good, and made with purpose.
Even if you don’t believe his truth at first, it will change you and take root.
Lies can’t hold up against the truth. It holds power. It will supply the confidence you need.
Say his Word over and over in your head to produce the change you need and bolster yourself in who you truly are.
2. God’s Word is true and doesn’t change.
We read this in Psalm 119:160 (NIV): “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.”
When he says you are loved, it’s true.
When he says you are fearfully and wonderfully made, it’s true.
Believe his words because that is who he is. A trustworthy, faithful, reliable, loving father who has the best for you—always.
Sometimes others will lie to you. They want to put you down for many reasons: jealousy, selfishness, etc.
They are acting out of hurt… but you can trust God’s Word. It’s always true.
These are the words you need to soak in; to pray fervently; and to memorize.
They need to be the foundation in which you see yourself—not the hurtful words of others.
Read them often. Pray them over yourself with authority in a commanding voice.
Because it is who you are.
3. God’s Word brings understanding to our hearts.
When others make you feel low, it’s important that you get to the root of why their words caused you such agony.
Some words and comments sting more than others and seem to affect you deeper.
God can help you receive that understanding and wisdom.
To uncover the lies, truth and understanding are found in his Word.
Psalm 119:130 (NIV) talks about this: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”
His Word can bring you out of the hurt and darkness you are in and into great revelation and breakthrough.
Seek it for understanding and wisdom in your affliction.
God’s Word is so powerful. Confidence stems from living in the truth of who God created you to be and who you are.
When others hurt you with their words, go to the Word for comfort. Find the freedom and truth you need to walk out of your pain to be confident.
Some bibles I have been enjoying:
- Life Application Study Bible NLT: It’s been a great source to really understand the Word holistically. It has wonderful features, such as commentary.
- Battlefield of the Mind Bible: Renew Your Mind Through the Power of God’s Word: It’s so imperative that we keep our minds focused on the truth. This bible is a great resource for this. It has notes that really speak to my heart, as well as reveal powerful insights.