OVERCOMING THE LIE THAT I AM INSIGNIFICANT
For years I struggled with the thought that I was a very insignificant person. I thought of myself as someone who was on the outside looking in but rarely asked to join in. I can remember in grammar school always being picked last or next to last for whatever game we were playing. The fact that I was small for my age didn’t help much. I began to expect rejection and it came! I grew up in a very small town in South Carolina called Beech Island, but there was no beach and the island was in the middle of the Savannah River. At that time, it was just a small settlement of mainly farmers, not big enough for a middle or high school. It required an hour bus ride to get us into the city of North Augusta for middle and high school. Because we were “country kids” we were looked down upon which added to my rejection. I can remember one day getting to school and the kids from N.A. were talking about the power going off the night before. One of the girls from Beech Island made a comment and got “stared down” for speaking when not spoken to. She responded, “Well, we do have electricity in Beech Island!” By the time I was an adult, I had bought into several lies of the devil that I was insignificant.
When we listen to the lies of the devil, it empowers him. Then when we believe those lies and agree with his lies it gives him a foothold into our lives. Jesus called the devil a thief in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” Make no mistake about it, you have an enemy of your soul and he is out to steal from you, to destroy your life by whatever means he can and ultimately kill you. You see, because misery loves company, he wants you to spend eternity with him!
There are at least four major lies that we are told as we are growing up, not necessarily directly but mostly by innuendo. The first one is “The Performance Trap” and it says, “I must meet certain standards to feel good about myself!” We fear failure and strive for perfection but never get there. We manipulate others and use others trying to make ourselves look good. We withdraw in fear instead of taking healthy risks that would advance us.
The second is the “Approval Addict” and it says, “I must be approved by others to feel good about myself!” We live in constant fear of rejection. We will try to please others at any cost but we are overly sensitive to any criticism. At times we tend to withdraw from others to avoid their disapproval or what we think is their disapproval.
The third is “The Blame Game” and it says, “Those who fail (including myself) are unworthy of love and deserve to be punished!” We live in the constant fear of punishment of one sort or another. This leads us to inflict punishment on others and blaming others for our personal failure. We withdraw from God and from others. We redouble our drive to avoid failure but it doesn’t always work.
The fourth one is simply “Shame” and it says, “I am what I am and I cannot change.” We live with feelings of shame and hopelessness. We become passive and lose our creativity. We isolate ourselves and withdraw from others as much as possible. 
The devil has used other people to continually reinforce his lies that we are insignificant people, using our past to “prove it.” Religion, unfortunately, uses our past as a tool to “keep us humble.” But that is not humility – as Bill Johnson says, “That is stupidity!” 
You see, Christianity is not a “Religion,” rather it is a relationship with the person of Jesus. Neither is “Church” simply a place you go on Sunday morning, rather it is a gathering of people who have made Jesus the Lord of their lives and Jesus promised to gather with us! Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them!” It doesn’t matter if it’s Sunday morning or Tuesday night, or whenever a few of us can get together, even for a few minutes break at work! Jesus will show up. And why will He come? He answered that in the end of John 10:10. Here is the complete verse. “The thief cometh not but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I AM COME THAT THEY (YOU) MIGHT HAVE LIFE, AND THAT THEY (YOU) MIGHT HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY!” You see, just as the devil wants you to spend eternity with him, Jesus also wants you to spend eternity with Him and to prove it to you, He died to pay the penalty for your sins, your past, to make you into a new person! II Corinthians 5:17, “Therfore, if any man (or woman) be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new!”
We have significance when we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord. His truth about us cancels out the devil’s lie that we are insignificant! Here is how Jesus cancels the lie of “The Performance Trap” that says, “I must meet certain standards to feel good about myself!” Jesus’ answer is “Justification.” That’s a big word! What does it mean? “Justification means that God not only has forgiven me of my sins but also has granted me the righteousness of Christ. Because of justification, I bear Christ’s righteousness, and I am therefore fully pleasing to the Father.” Romans 5:1, “Therefore, BEING JUSTIFIED THROUGH FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ!” and II Corinthians 5:21, “For He hath made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin, to be sin for us, THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM!”
Here is how Jesus cancels the lie of the “Approval Addict” that says, “I must be approved by others to feel good about myself!” Jesus’ answer is “Reconciliation.” What does it mean? “Reconciliation means that although I was at one time hostile toward God and alienated from Him, I am now forgiven and have been brought into intimate relationship with Him. Consequently, I am totally accepted by God.” II Corinthians 5:18a, “All things are of God, WHO HATH RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF by Christ Jesus…” and Colossians 1:21&22, “And you, that were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet NOW HATH HE RECONCILED IN THE BODY OF HIS FLESH THROUGH DEATH, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in His sight.”
Here is how Jesus cancels the devil’s lie of “The Blame Game” that says, “Those who fail (including myself) are unworthy of love and deserve to be punished!” Jesus’ answer is “Propitiation” Another big word that we rarely hear. What does it mean? Propitiation means that by His death on the cross Christ satisfied God’s wrath; therefore, I am deeply loved by God.” I John 4:9-11, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and SENT HIS SON TO BE THE PROPITIATION (full payment) FOR OUR SINS. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
Here is how Jesus cancels the lie that we have to live in “Shame” that says, “I am what I am and I cannot change.” Jesus’ answer is that you must be born again. The big word here is “Regeneration.” “Regeneration means that I am a new creation in Christ.”  John 3:3-6, Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE FLESH IS FLESH; AND THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT.”
HOW TO BE BORN AGAIN
Romans 10:9&10 says: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
You need to believe something in your heart, That Jesus died for your sins and that He rose again that you might have life and have it abundantly.
You need to say something with your mouth. You need to repent of your sins and ask Him to come into your heart and be the Lord of your life.
Do these two things and you will be born again. Christ will come to live inside of you, your name will be written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life and you will spend eternity with Jesus.
Stay like you are and you are giving the devil permission to continue with his lies and continue to wreak havoc in your life and family. The choice is yours. What is God’s will in the matter?
God says to you from Deuteronomy 30:19: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Choose life today and begin to live for Jesus. God loves you and wants you to choose Him and life. You can do it right now by saying this simple prayer from your heart:
Jesus, I need you. I confess that I have sinned against you. I repent of my sin. I believe that you are God’s Son and that you died for me. I receive your forgiveness. Come into my heart, save me, change me and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I confess with my mouth that you are now my Lord and I believe with my heart that God raised you from the dead.
Now you can thank the Lord, by faith, that He has come into your heart and He is changing your life. You can now pray and believe God hears your prayer. Ask Him for wisdom in how to begin living this new life.
“Religion is boring and cruel!”  Christianity on the other hand is alive and vibrant in its relationship with Jesus. When you discover the truth of who God made you to be, you will never want to be anyone else!
Tom and Jeanie Graves
 McGee, Robert S. The Search for Significance, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, 2003: 26-27.
This is an excellent book for “Seeing your true worth through God’s eyes.
 Johnson, Bill, Curriculum, The Supernatural power of a Transformed Mind, DVD Set, Disc I, Session 2, “The lie of insignificance,” Destiny Image Publishing Inc., 2014