Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6 v 26)
Let me continue with the poem I started:
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.
Source: A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson (as quoted by nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech, 1994)
It is a beautiful poem and so true.
In overcoming your worry the value you place upon yourself is crucial. Answering the question what does God say I am will help when perhaps circumstances and people are impacting negatively on your value.
Jeremiah 17:7-8. But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
What does the next 12 hours hold for you? Here are 12 scriptures for each hour:
I am His child, John 1:12
I am a friend of Jesus, John 15:15
I am not under condemnation, Romans 8:1
I am a temple of the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 6:10
I am led in victory, 2 Corinthians 2:14
I am free, Galatians 5:1
I am forgiven, Ephesians 1:7
I have peace, Philippians 4:7
I am loved, 1 Thessalonians 1:7
I have clarity, Ephesians 5:8
I am called, 2 Peter 1:3
I have a future, Romans 8:18
Believe these words. Believe what the Bible says you are. Write them down.
For you will face many an attempt from the enemy of your soul to belittle you:
‘Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden”?” (Genesis 3) was a question to Eve regarding her identity with the whole aim of stealing it from her.
“If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread” (Luke 4) though not a question was certainly asked in order to bring doubt to Jesus regarding his identity.
In every circumstance of life that becomes a challenge to you then there will be a question posed about your identity in some roundabout way.
Are you really a Christian? Do you really belong to God? Is He bothered with you?
God has a question but it is given in a positive way, Are you not much more valuable than they?