“What’s wrong with me?” I asked myself in a frustrated and condemning tone. I had forgotten an appointment and missed an important call that morning, so that same question had popped into my head more than once.
But it wasn’t just a question, it was an assumption, a label of defect I slapped on myself every time I asked it — not just that day but on so many other days. When I forgot to do something important, was late for a meeting, yelled at my kids, lost my keys, missed a deadline, or walked into a room and couldn’t remember why I went in there. The list was endless.
And every time I asked, “What’s wrong with me?” I actually told myself that something was wrong with me, and I would try to figure out my elusive fault so I could fix or hide it.
But that morning was the first time I started to recognize what I was doing and how damaging it was to my soul, to my mindset. It wasn’t making things better; it was making things worse. Something needed to change.
I was tired of telling myself something was wrong with me.
I was tired of trying to figure out and fix my elusive faults.
I was tired of feeling like a big defect.
What about you? How often do you berate yourself with questions and assumptions that make you feel defective?
I think we all do it for different reasons, but I believe we have at least one reason in common. We have a spiritual enemy who is a pro at pointing out all that is wrong with us (real or perceived) and helping us forget anything that is right with us.
Scripture tells us that when Satan lies, he speaks his native language because he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). His intent is to get us to believe lies that make us feel defective, defeated, and discouraged.
It’s what he did with Eve in the Garden. He got her to take her eyes off who she was and all that she had as God’s child and to focus on what she lacked and spend her time figuring out how to hide her inadequacies.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
Genesis 3:8-11 (CSB)
Notice how God asked them who told them they were naked. In other words, “Who told you something is wrong with you?” By asking this question, God acknowledged someone else was casting shame on them — and it wasn’t Him.
He wanted them to know there was another character in their story, someone speaking lies into their hearts, causing them to move away from Him and each other. We have the same enemy who wants us to believe something is wrong with us, too.
But what if, instead of going along with him, we stopped and asked ourselves, Who is telling me something is wrong with me? Who or what is making me feel defective and defeated? Is it me? Or is it the enemy of my soul telling me lies I so easily believe?
Let’s change the questions we are asking and the assumptions we are making about ourselves.
It starts by recognizing Satan’s schemes and defusing his deceit with truth. So, the next time you feel defeated or defective, instead of asking “What’s wrong with me?” stop and tell yourself all that is right with you:
Period. The end.
With Christ in you, there is nothing wrong with you. Don’t let anyone, not even yourself, convince you otherwise.
What truth do you need to speak over yourself today?
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