How I received power to overcome low self-esteem

Andrea Janz

I was a slave to my low self-esteem, but the gospel of freedom from sin gave me the power to overcome it.

I hated my personality and I hated the way I acted around other people. I would squirm inside at the way I did and said things. I wanted to bless the others; I wanted to be the kind of person that showed how amazing it is to be a Christian. However, I was hindered by the fact that I didn’t have the confidence; I didn’t think I was good enough. This stopped me from doing and saying things that were actually prompted by God.

Without realizing it, I was saying, “I disagree with God, who created all things, including myself.”

Without realizing it, I was saying, “I disagree with God, who created all things, including myself.” He created me exactly as I am, and I was basically saying He did a bad job; He created me wrong. When I realized this, I immediately realized that this was actually sin. It was unthankfulness and unbelief that God had a perfect plan for me, just as He created me.

I read in God’s word about the fruit of the Spirit, about love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and I knew that this is what I truly want for my life.

An instrument in God’s hands

I prayed to God that He would help me to see myself as He saw me. With His help I began an inner battle to overcome this unthankfulness within me – this sin. Of course God didn’t just take away all of these negative thoughts about myself. But when they came up then He gave me strength to fight them.

Getting victory over sin is a remedy for everything.

I clung to the verse in 1 Corinthians 6:20. “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Each time I was tempted to low self-esteem I said “No. God bought me at a price. He saw something of worth in me.” Having low self-esteem caused inaction. It wasn’t true, nor did it serve to glorify God in my body and my spirit, which are God’s.

Sinning brings unrest and misery. I experienced that myself. But getting victory over sin means that I can be at rest and have joy in my life. It is a remedy for everything. When I live a life of victory I can be an instrument in God’s hands (Romans 6:13), and He can use me and mold me exactly as He wants.

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