Healthy Self Esteem Vs. Self-Idolatry


August 3, 2014 |  LOVE EMBRACE INSPIRE | By Tiffany Nicole

Yes, we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and we ought to know that and walk in that, but there is a difference in loving yourself the way God loves you and self - idolatry. The Bible clearly states in Exodus 20:3 the 10 commandments that there shall not be any other god before the Almighty God in our lives. Many people fail to understand that idolatry is anything that you put before God, and that includes YOU! Whatever we value more than God is our god.

Here at LoveEmbraceInspire.com we are big advocates of healthy self-esteem and self worth, but we always reference one attaining this healthy self-esteem through finding their value and divine purpose in Christ. Learning who we are in Him will evolve into understanding our purpose and call, thus bringing on a confidence (in Christ) that we've never before experienced.  That does not mean that we think more highly of ourselves than we ought, which the Bible specifically talks about in Romans 12:3:

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

So what is self idolatry? First lets take a look at the word SELF. " Self is perceived personality: somebody's personality, or an aspect of somebody's personality, especially as perceived by others." (Dictionary.com) Now lets look at the word IDOLARTY. Idolatry is idol worship: the worship of idols or false god, extreme admiration: excessive admiration or love shown for somebody or something."  (Dictionary.com) 

Now loving ourselves and understanding our worth is important in order to successfully carry out God's plan and will for our lives. He needs us to believe in ourselves, what He has gifted us with, and go out into the world and fulfill that purpose. The important key to it all is to understand that the love we should feel for ourselves should be in light to how God loves us and sees us and to walk in the confidence that God wants us to. Taking a million selfies a day, gloating, boasting and looking to gain the world's affection and admiration is not healthy self-esteem, but it's actually the very opposite. The need for validation, affirmation and worth should not be sought and received from the world, but from the Almighty Creator.

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So though we are confident in Christ, we also should be humble. Lately, so many people, women especially, are using the verse of Psalm 139:14 and exploiting it to justify their self-idolatry and self worship. Many Christians have lost sight of putting God above everything, and to give all glory to God for all of their successes. Lately, it's all about being successful in the WORLD and getting all the shine, admiration and fame that ultimately belongs to God.

One thing God hates is a pride. "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall" Proverbs 16:18. The Bible also states in Daniel 4:37 "those who walk in pride He is able to put down." And also in Jeremiah 50:31 "Behold, I am against you, O most haughty one!" The Bible gives so many scriptures on self-idolatry (pride, boastfulness, egos, selfishness) it's time for us to reconnect with what our God says, for it's better to be humble, than to be prideful.

If  we are to boast, let us boast in the Lord sharing of His goodness and unfailing love. Let us boast of His forgiveness that He has bestowed upon us. Let us be the trumpets preparing the way of the Lord, not for ourselves.

2 Corinthians 10:17-18 "But HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD. For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends."

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