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The Lie of Worthlessness

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Many of us can relate to feelings of worthless.

We can can’t we?
It may look a little different, but we can relate. We’ve had similar experiences of feeling worthless.
We are in week 2 of our series The Lies We Believe and today we are going to tackle the Lie that I believe most easily, and maybe you do too… it is the lie of WORTHLESSNESS.
John introduced us to this tries last week and he reminded us that we are WAR! Everyday we fight a battle to be free… free from the lies that Satan tries to convince us are truths about who are. They are not TRUTHS, they are LIES.
But the lies feel so right, don’t they? The feel like truth… They feel like they fit.
And they feel so right because Satan is so good at lying
And this makes sense that they are lies because Scriptures teach us that Satan is:

  • The father of lies-John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. “
  • The Deceiver-Rev 12:9- “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” Martin Luther said – “Due to his great intellect, extensive experience, ability to present evil as something beautiful…his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal.”
  • On 35 different occasion in Scripture he is referred to as “the devil” which means “slanderer”
  • And 52x, he is referred to as “Satan” which means “adversary.”
  • HE IS NOT OUR FRIEND! HE IS OUR ENEMY

He is a powerful enemy that we need not fear. John referenced 1 Peter 5:8, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. And then went on to say he was a toothless lion because he has been defeated.

Today, as I said we are going to unpack the CORE LIE of WORTHLESSNESS:
What do we mean when we say that something is worthless?
  • it has no value
  • it isn’t worth my time
  • it is unwanted
  • it is unnecessary
  • IT IS A WASTE
Now there are some things that actually are worthless.. the Buell Blast. They make me angry… I don’t know why.
There are many things that give us value, make us feel worth in our lives…
  • family
  • friends
  • work
  • hobbies
  • cars we drive
  • things we own
  • money
  • skills/talents
  • God is the ONLY real source of value –
These other things we use for finding value fade away, disappoint us but God is the only thing that can stand the test of time and really offer us value and worth.
How much are we worth to God? God was willing to die for us. Romans 5:8 –
Unfortunately, Satan is adept at using good things in our life, twist them and use for evil purposes.
2 Corinthians tells us – “for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”
There are at least four steps in overcoming the lie of worthlessness. Let’s take a look at them.
STEP 1 – The Source
  • The first step in beginning to overcome and buy the lie of worthlessness is finding the source
  • Where did this lie creep in?
  • Was it through family relationships?
  • Friendships?
  • Was it when you lost a job?
  • What was it for you?
  • For me it was a downward spiral that started with a bad church experience (elaboration on this)… this church experience left me feeling as though I was not worth the fight… my skills/talents weren’t worth it… I couldn’t do it… I couldn’t cut it in ministry… I was nothing…
  • Once this lie got its hooks in, the downward spiral became a rapid define in self-worth, self-value and belief in my abilities to accomplish anything that let me depressed and hopeless.
  • It became such an ingrained part of who I was that I accepted it as truth, as reality.
It is not reality. I am not worthless. But I believed it anyway.
Theres something insidious that happens when we begin to believe the lie… we begin to benefit from it. We start gain from the lie.
STEP 2 – The Benefit
  • What do you get from believing the lie?
  • How does it serve you?
  • It serves me by not making me responsible
  • Here’s how it works – if I am worthless, then no one expects anything from me… which is great because if they don’t expect anything from me, they can’t be disappointed in me when I don’t measure up…
  • Sometimes it feels good to be worthless – no one ever expects anything from me
  • No expectations, no failures
STEP 3 – The Cost
  • What would it cost to no longer buy the lie?
  • What would it cost me to no longer live in this false reality, this fake identity?
  • What did it cost God to save me from this lie?
  • His Son…
STEP 4 – Real Value
  • Matthew 16:26 shows that the soul is more valuable than the whole world because it’s eternal…but that’s probably valuable to us. And here it gets crazy when you think about our value, it doesn’t make sense.
  • Matthew 6:26 says we have more worth than birds, but hey, that’s not saying much. (Have fun with that)
  • David asked in Psalm 8, when he saw the beauty of the stars he didn’t get why God would set His love upon humanity.
  • Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus went to the cross to defeat Satan. We went there to save us from the LIES Satan tries to convince us are truths about our identity.
We don’t need to buy the lie because Jesus bought us with his blood.
What happened at the cross: by paying for our sin, Jesus disarmed Satan, triumphing over him and publicly displayed his power, purchasing our freedom.
WE DONT HAVE TO BUY THE LIE ANYMORE!
We can be free!

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2 Comments

  1. So helpful! Thank you!

    So many lies to allow God to defeat!

    • Eli Westfall

      February 7, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Yeah, thanks!

      You should cruise by our website, h2ochurch.org & check out the rest of this series over the several weeks.

      How are things going in Jax?

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