You Aren’t God

The Bible talks a lot about how we should consider our “selves”. I know modern psychology, and Oprah, and Joel Osteen, and the like say we need to feel powerful, and able, and special, fulfilled, and important. But I see the Bible telling us something quite different. I see Scripture saying we are helpless, sinful, depraved, that we need someone outside ourselves to save us from drowning.

Modern psychology does not work. We are a people drowning in a sea of “self”. People who are angry, depressed, anxious, violent, and who keep looking within themselves for answers because that’s the popular notion are looking in the wrong direction. How many people are medicated today because of psychological problems from eating disorders, to sexual confusion, anxiety to clinical depression? Even children are given pills for psychological problems.

Our children are taught that they are the most important entity in their own lives. So, when a police officer tells a young person to stop, to put their hands in the air, or to drop a gun, we end up reading about a shooting because the young person feels he is above the law. We hear about unspeakable crimes against children, against women, against the elderly because someone has considered their own desires more important than anything else. Abortion? Don’t get me started.

I was reading in Isaiah this morning and was impressed by God’s take on the whole thing. Chapter 45:9-10 tells us what is created has no business questioning the Creator. 47:10-11 says when we say, “I am, and there is no one else besides me,” evil will come upon us.  Proverbs 26:12 says a man who is wise in his own eyes has less hope than a fool.

These verses are only a few throughout the Bible that warn us about the foolishness of focusing on ourselves. Isaiah 48 spoke to me about who God really is. He is the Creator. He alone is God. And everything he does points to the fact of his absolute superiority.

Isaiah 46:5 asks a redundant question. Do I really want to put myself up next to God to establish equality? Do I really?

This just occurred to me as I was thinking about this subject. When a counselor or a pastor tells us to change our thinking about ourselves by telling ourselves how wonderful we are, we end up repeating things like:

I am powerful.

I am capable.

I am good.

I am worthy.

And in doing so, we replace the Great I AM with a counterfeit. Satan wins. We lose.

May you see yourself through God’s eyes today. You are someone who is lost, who is vile, who is powerless, and someone Jesus felt was worth dying for. Let him transform you into someone truly powerful and capable and good and worthy when he pours Himself into you, when HE gives you everything you need to face this day and its challenges.

There is nothing you can do for yourself that he can’t do so much better. After all, he’s God. And you’re not.

4 thoughts on “You Aren’t God

  1. Noel

    But we have to be careful with the image we have about God, because it could simply be a manifestation of our own ego, instead of the “real” God.

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    1. cazehner Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Noel. That is why I believe so strongly that we should be reading God’s Word, applying to our lives. The “real” God can only be found in the pages of the Bible. Anything else is certainly a manifestation of our own ego.

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  2. blmaluso

    So true…Satan is the master deceiver and that is a great lie that he is feeding us to divert us from the true source of light, love, goodness, and truth…Jesus Christ. It was a long journey for me to learn this truth:-)

    Thank you, and God bless you.
    Bernadette

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    1. cazehner Post author

      I don’t think it’s an easy journey for any of us, Bernadette. It’s hard to admit our utter helplessness, when our society tells us we should be able to handle things. It’s hard to admit we’re sinners when we’re told so often that we are good. I agree that those are Satan’s lies in an attempt to get our eyes off Jesus. Praying for all who are on that journey today. And thanking God for you.

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