The Destructive Force of Low Self Esteem

Low Self Esteem can hinder you from obeying God’s call on your life.
It’s one of the most destructive forces in the body of Christ.

Low Self Esteem.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
– 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
– 2 Timothy 1:7 (Amplified)
You can never please God without faith, without depending on him.
– Hebrews 11:6 (LB)
Fight the good fight of faith.
– 1 Timothy 6:12 (Amplified)

1. Low self-esteem will push you into bad decisions.
2.​ Low self-esteem can hinder you from receiving God’s word
3.​ Low self-esteem can damage your relationships.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
– Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)

4.​ Low self-esteem makes you compare yourself with others.

Oh, don’t worry; I wouldn’t dare say that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, and measuring themselves by themselves. What foolishness!
– 2 Corinthians 10:12 (NLT 1st edition)

5.​ Low self-esteem results in selfishness.

If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.
– Matthew 16:25 (NLT 1st edition)

For God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
– 1 Corinthians 6:20 (NLT)
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.
– 1 Corinthians 6:20 (Amplified)
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
– 1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJ)

6.​ Low self-esteem will stop you from glorifying God in what ​He has called ​you to do. You need to realize that you are made ​in the image of God.

For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
– 1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJ)
Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life -the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals, and small animals.”
– Genesis 1:26 (NLT 1st edition)
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
– 1 John 2:15-17 (NLT)
For man is made in God’s image and reflects God’s glory.
– 1 Corinthians 11:7 (NLT)
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.
– Ephesians 1:12-14 (Message)

Things to Remember:

  • We don’t need to be fearful.
  • God paid the price for each and every one of us.
  • We are made in His image and likeness.
  • Understand who you are in Jesus
  • Faith is not afraid
  • It’s your responsibility to stay full of God.
  • It’s not another person’s job to make you happy.