Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. -Isaiah 43:1
Google tells me the dictionary definition of “redeem” is: compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something).
I can’t speak for you, but I’ve been consistently told a lot of bad things about myself by people who were supposed to love me. I was constantly told the same bad things by family on a daily basis during the years where my inner voice would be formed. My inner voice is mean to me. M-E-A-N. It’s really awful. It is something I have to battle daily because if I make a single mistake, it’s full out war inside my head. If I ever think that I am becoming a burden on someone, all the old things that were said to me play on repeat in my mind.
“You are lazy.”
“You will never do anything.”
“It’s always your fault.”
“You need to calm down, this is why we cannot have _____”
It’s enough to make anybody think they weren’t ever wanted.
How do I battle it? How do I battle the human flaws that remind me I am weak and need something bigger than myself?
I start with Isaiah 43:1. God has redeemed me. Jesus’ blood is compensation for my sins. His blood paid the price I could never pay. I start there because it is the most important truth. I have been redeemed. I am a child of God’s. He has called me by name and I belong to him.
It’s all right there in black and white.
Write it Out
- What bad tapes play in your head?
- What truths can you use to battle the lies that play like records in your head?