#9 Understanding your Position
April 11, 2023
In John 10:10, Jesus says, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." The thief is Satan, and one of the things he seeks to steal is your position before God. Self-esteem is defined as confidence in your own merit as a person, the quality of feeling worthy of esteem and respect by yourself and others. Low self-esteem is when you feel unworthy, alienated, and incompetent. But there is a difference between self-esteem and Christ-centered esteem. It is not who you are but who He is and what He has done in your life. "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends" (2 Corinthians 10:17-18). Apart from Christ, you can do nothing and are nothing (John 15:5). Because Christ is in you, you are programmed for success. When you see yourself as a failure, however, your unbelief shuts you out of the promises of God, just as Israel's unbelief prevented them from claiming their Promised Land.
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