As she told me these statistics…I could feel myself stiffen up….and the 1st words out of my mouth were….Well I guess I am way below average then.
(I also told her how 2nd marriages have an even higher divorce rate then 1st marriages and don’t last near as long. This I could find the statistics for all over the internet….but that is not the point either!) J
The point is….My first reaction was not the most positive I know, BUT…. in the past this information would of REALLY devastated me. In fact it probably would of ruined my day. (Or week, or month, or year) It would have been like a poison dart to my heart. I continually have battled with negative thoughts about myself and this would of fed those thoughts big time. I can just hear the self talk….I’m such a loser….I’m not loveable…..There is someone for everyone but me. It would go on and on.
As I have mentioned before I have a singles life group that meets once a week at my home. It is men and women and I can say the core group of us have gotten quite close. A few weeks back after being prompted by a sermon by our pastor at church, we decided to write down all the counterfeit names Satan tries to give us. Such as….Unworthy…unlovable….not good enough….Stupid….Loser….etc…these are the negative thoughts that can run through our heads. (Like my 1st response to my friends statistics….I guess I’m way below average then.) Then we took a challenge to go to God’s word and wrote down what God tells us we are. It was an interesting night to say the least. We burned our counterfeit names in my fireplace and shared the scripture passages that told of our true identity. I can’t tell you how freeing and amazing this night felt.
I am a beloved child of God 1 John 3:1
I am complete in Christ Colossians 2:10
Nothing can separate me from God’s love Romans 8: 38 & 39
Let me tell you nothing is more powerful then combating Satan’s lies with God’s Holy Word. I am learning more and more each day that Satan in a counterfeit. He loves to pose as someone in authority. He is not! If he can get us to buy into one of his lies….He thinks he has mastered us. But the word of God is powerful. Use your sword! Get into the word. It stops him dead in his tracks. Those of us in Christ have the authority!
One verse that I found was extremely special to me. As you know my name is Tiersa. It is in fact, Hebrew and comes from the name Tirzah. It means Pleasant and Delightful. As I was searching the Bible for my true identity in Christ I came across this verse.
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great Delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.
Think about this and let it sink in……My God delights in me. He quiets me with his love. He sings over me. He is mighty to save. He is with me. What a blessing and a honor!