Today’s Truth

Today’s Truth

But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash (Matthew 7:26-27 NIV).

Friend to Friend

I have learned a lot from Charlie Brown, which is a little scary. Here is one truth that his psychiatrist, Lucy, taught me. She is counseling Charlie Brown at her lemonade-stand-counseling booth. Charlie Brown is all ears.

Frame 1: “Your life is like a house, Charlie Brown.”

Frame 2: “You want your house to have a strong foundation, don’t you?”

Frame 3: “So don’t build your house on the sand.”

Frame 4: (A strong wind swooshes by and blows Lucy, Charlie Brown, and the makeshift stand into a heap of rubble.)

Frame 5: Lucy’s final advice: “Or use cheap nails.”

There’s a lot of talk about self-worth in our culture. But true self-worth is not an issue of giftedness, talent, intelligence, or beauty. Those are cheap nails. When we base our identity or our worth on the accomplishments, opinions of others, or appearance, we are in danger of crumbling to pieces with a word of criticism, a bad hair day, or hint of rejection. We will always fall short in our quest to be better, look better, or accomplish more.

Self-worth is really an identity issue. When you base your self-worth on your identity in Christ and His finished work of redemption on the cross, it is unconditional, unshakable, and unchangeable.

Listen, the devil will do anything and everything he can to keep you from believing the truth about who you are, what you have, and where you are as a child of God. Make no mistake about it, he knows that you are a chosen, holy, dearly loved child of God who has been forgiven of all your sins and created to fulfill a great purpose that God has already planned for you. He knows it, and he hates it. His goal is to keep you from believing it. And if he can keep you from believing the truth about who you are, what you have, and where you are as a child of God, then he has won.

You can access the power of God’s promises about who you are, what you have, and where you are in Christ to consistently subdue and eventually erase feeling of inferiority, insecurity and inadequacy that keep you stuck in a mediocre faith. You can replace the devil’s overbearing lies and replace them with God’s overriding truth about your identity in Him and His power in you.

If we base our significance, self-worth, or self-esteem on anything other than the strong nails of our identity in Christ, then we are at risk of collapsing when the strong winds of adversity come our way. The truth is: you are who God says you are.

Let’s Pray

Lord, help me to remember that my worth is based on who I am as Your child. According to Your Word, I am valuable, chosen, and dearly loved. Forgive me for dipping my cup in empty wells rather than in Your Living water.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

OK, so Today’s Truth was a downer, so let’s look at the rest of the verse!

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock (Matthew 7:24-25 NIV).

So with my own version of “paper, rock, scissors,” which person do you want to be? Sand or rock? On which will you build your house?

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8 Responses to “True Self-Worth”

  1. Mina says:

    This was a perfect devotion this morning for me. Yesterday we had an announcement go through all of the organization showing the Org changes. The changes that happened and how the message was given really made me feel as if I was not an important factor. One person was constantly pointed out and lifted up and I felt that was wrong. She did not deserve that over all the others who were affected too. Never the less, this helped me realize it’s not about any of this, our greater purpose is about our relationship with God. Our message and portrayal as a child of God is what is important, not what happens at work in terms of Changes in an org. How I hammer the nails of Christ in me and in my life and how I carry my tools with His purpose for me. That’s what is truly important.

    • Mary says:

      Great devotion. Mina I had never thought of the statement you made here, “Hammer the nails of Christ in me and my life” I love the realization you bring to this in this statement.
      God loves us all and we are all His kids we just don’t all act like it because we always will find fault with ourselves. That is why we have His GRACE to live under.

  2. Brenda Vason says:

    Thank you Sharon for this devotion. Thank you Mina for your comment. Like you there are many changes being made in my organization and I can certainly relate to your comments. Today and every day from here on, I’m dipping my cup in my Living Water as Sharon so eloquently spoke in the devotion. I am God’s child and I trust his assignments. I will represent him well and allow him to shine trough me in Jesus name!

  3. Tara says:

    This was perfect for me. So many times I look for others approval and when I make mistakes I feel inadequate. I also worry a lot. Thank you for this wonderful devotion. I just need to be reminded I was created for God and he is my provider.

  4. Marie says:

    I needed this so much this morning. I am in a group meeting with some women of our church and our pastor. Somehow, I always seem to be the lowest on the totem pole. Thinking how God sees me always puts me in a better mood for this meeting. You devotion hits the nail on the head. Thank you so much

  5. Mandy says:

    What a wonderful devotion! It really hit home for me. I have recently been trying so very hard to BE BETTER by not falling into Satan’s traps so easily!! But this mornings devotion was a big boost! I suffer with self identity issues and realized how much I truly am letting Satan affect my faith. I am Mediocre and only I, along with my blessed God, can fix this. God doesn’t think I am mediocre! I put myself there! Self Realization!!

  6. Alena says:

    This was an awesome devotional today – I wish I could have learned this many years ago, but I am learning. The way you put and it was so easy to understand. Thank you for that. I need to hold my head high and know I am a daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! It is a beautiful day and beautiful way to start the day with reading this and knowing who I really am not who people say I am but what does Jesus say who I am and His Father says I am. Praise the Lord! God Bless you for your devotional today. It is just what I need I have felt so down and today I know it is going to be a good day. God Bless

  7. Jessica says:

    It is so easy to forget our true worth. God created each of, took the time to design every detail about us. What a beautiful love that is. He sacrificed his Son, so we could have eternal life in Heaven. There is no love greater than that! Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me for forgetting the importance you have place upon me. You made the ultimate sacrifice for me. Your Grace and Love are shown on the cross, and they are shown when I look in the mirror. I am your creation. Please forgive me for ever judging your creation, for forgetting the worth I have. Thank you always for Your eveverlasting Love and Patience with me. In Your Name we pray, Amen!

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