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By Joel Osteen - Apr 19, 2013
I know a lady who, for many years, struggled with her self-worth. Growing up, she never felt like she was good enough and didn’t really feel like she fit in. Come to find out, these insecurities stemmed from being a child born out of wedlock. Her mother and father weren’t married, and as a little girl, one day she saw her birth certificate, and a little box was checked that said, "Not legitimate." That phrase became ingrained in her thinking. All through her childhood, her teenage years, or any time she tried to move forward, those words would come up in her mind once again. "You’re a mistake. Nobody even wanted you. You’re not valuable." She didn’t know any better. She believed that lie. It was affecting her personality, her attitude, and even her marriage.

One day she heard the truth that worth and value don’t come from other people. Your significance comes from Almighty God. As she received this revelation, she said, "It was like something exploded on the inside." She recognized those words "not legitimate" were holding her back in bondage. She decided to start hitting the delete button on those negative words from the past. When those thoughts came saying, "You’re not valuable. You have no future," instead of dwelling on them and letting it depress her, she reprogrammed her thinking. "I’m not a mistake. I’m not an accident. God chose me to be here before the foundation of the world. I’m accepted. I’m approved. I am valuable." Her attitude was, "No matter what my birth certificate says, I know I am legitimate. Almighty God breathed His life into me." Today she is living a blessed, free, confident life!

Today, don’t let the negative strongholds from your past hold you back any longer. There will always be critics. There will always be naysayers. There will always be people who don’t believe in you, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that God Almighty already knows the plans He has for you. Good plans. Plans to prosper you and give you a hope and a future. Rest assured, you are legitimate! He created you, He called you, He chose you, and He appointed you to be here in this day and age. Find confidence in Him and let Him direct your steps.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…" (Jeremiah 1:5, NKJV)
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