Losing Your Self-Esteem

Lindsay RobertsSecond of three parts

One time, a precious lady wrote to our ministry that she was in prison, and she was seven months pregnant. She said, “I’ve accepted the Lord, but I’m desperate for help. I need treatment. I need a new life.” Her self-esteem was in serious jeopardy. When you feel you’ve failed other people, and you’ve failed yourself, suddenly everything about you begins to get lower and lower.

I know men suffer from low self-esteem, but I believe that women, because we are more emotional, suffer more from low self-esteem than men. If you hear about a person who is suffering from anorexia, it’s generally a woman. When you hear about someone with an eating disorder or someone who is self-destructive, it is usually a woman. As a result of low self-esteem, they take it out on their bodies in the form of abusing food, either by overeating or under-eating.

A man will look in the mirror, and even if he has only two or three hairs on his head, he’ll comb those hairs, take one look, and say, “Yeah, that’s great!” And out the door he goes. But a woman will look in the mirror and spend 20 minutes picking herself apart.

I’m fortunate because my husband makes me feel good about myself. I thank the good Lord that I have somebody who builds me up. However, there are those who are rejected by their husbands and by their children. When you are abused as a child and you’re dealt with in a harsh way, many times a pattern begins to emerge. And one of the primary characteristics of that pattern is low self-esteem. Satan will use that against you all the time and try to keep it in your mind.

Isaiah 43:18–19 says, Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing.

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