Who said there was only one gold standard way to do things right?
Who said you don’t do anything on that list as well as you should?
Who said you should be more?
Who said the talents you have are not praiseworthy?
Who said you should act a certain way?
Who said you aren’t worth it all?
Who said you don’t look good enough?
You don’t speak properly?
You don’t wear that outfit well enough?
Your hair is the wrong color?
Your body is the wrong shape?
Your position at work isn’t honorable?
Who said you don’t live in the neighborhood you should?
You don’t have the house you ought to?
Who said you don’t parent like you should?
Send your kid to the best school?
Have the right car?
Who said you can’t do any of these things right?
Who said you never will and you never have?
Was it someone speaking over your life as you grew up?
Was it someone at a job you once had?
Was it a teacher?
A significant other?
Someone at church?
Someone you looked up to or a close friend?
Who said it?
Someone you wanted to say more?
Someone you wished praised you instead of put you down?
Someone who’s approval you thought meant everything?
So maybe someone pretty important said it.
Think about it.
How did -whoever said it – get that much power to influence you as strongly as they have?
Tell me, how did they convince you?
Is it because you believed it that made it hurt so much￼?
Who perpetuated its value and hold on you?
That part came when you kept repeating it to yourself.
In the name of Jesus, break the chains, and speak new true words over your situations. Believing the words that come from the Lord, who loves you like no one else could, changes everything.
Rebuke all the lies that have ever held any power in your life and walk forward- like a heavy weight released from you, freer, happier, complete, and whole.
And try, guard yourself, clothe yourself, with the wisdom and value God gives you- so as not to give away your power to the wrong person again.
Nobody’s opinion or words mean more than your Heavenly Father, God’s.
But you can’t really ever hear His, and live His, while you are holding onto everyone else’s.
Stop for a minute and think about who said it, before you continue believing it.
So, who really said it?
The enemy or the victor?
The one who opposes you or the one who is for you?
Was it a liar or the author of truth?
Who said you can’t achieve your dream?
Who said that you are incapable?
Was it you who set your limits?
Was it you who questioned your own worth and ability? Was it from a fear of coping with disappointment or of failing to achieve anything￼ great?
If He put it in your heart and you seek it, you shall find it. You shall receive all that you have asked for in His name. It may not look anything like you thought it would or should, but that’s for your best that He does it that way.
So next time the enemy tries to stuff you down, and tempt you to believe that you are anything less than you are, remember whose you are. Remember what’s been done for you. And rise. From the ashes. A new creation, born again, in Him.
You, my friend, are a beautiful creation, infused with God breathed wonderful giftings- you are not stuck- and as you continue to put Him above it all, you are unraveling into the miracle God is making of you.
Maybe you’ve believed it for most of your life. Does that make it true? Did you ever stop and ask, but “who said?”
So, what is next?
What voice will you choose to believe today?