Never say or think negative things about yourself, such as, “I never do anything right. I’ll never change. I’m ugly. I look terrible. I’m dumb. Who could ever love me?” Matthew 12:37 says, “By your words you will be justified…and by your words you will be condemned.” Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) says, “As [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he.” In other words, the way we talk and think about ourselves reveals how we feel about ourselves and affects our lives.
You need to speak good things about yourself (as private confessions) in line with what the Word says about you. For example: “I am the righteousness of God in Christ. I am made acceptable in the Beloved. God created me and formed me with His own hands, and God doesn’t make mistakes.”
I like starting the day declaring positive, biblical confessions. You can do this while you’re driving to work or cleaning house. I also encourage you to look in the mirror and say out loud, “God loves and accepts me, and so do I.” When you start to speak good, positive truth about yourself, you can succeed at being yourself, just the way God created you to be.
Prayer Starter: God, I’m done with speaking negative things about myself. I declare the truth that You love me and accept me. I can be all that You created me to be.
—from Joyce Meyer daily devotional