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Derek Prince: Do you Realize How Valuable You Are? (Transcript)

Full text of Bible teacher Derek Prince’s sermon: ‘Do you Realize How Valuable You Are?’ which was delivered on July 26, 1998 in Cornwall, England.

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Derek Prince – Bible teacher

We’re going to begin with a proclamation. We always begin by proclaiming a Scripture. This one is taken from 1 John 4:16.

1 John 4:16: We have known and believed the love that God has for us, God is love, and He who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”

Now, I think it would be good if you were all to say that phrase by phrase after us. Don’t try to say it with us, but say it after us, because it’s the most beautiful verse. It’s an exciting verse.

‘We have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.’

Now, the title for my message this evening is a question: DO YOU REALIZE HOW VALUABLE YOU ARE?

And I suspect that most of you do not realize how valuable you are.

One of the prevailing weaknesses of Christians is a poor sense of self-esteem. And it advertises itself in many ways. Some people, when you talk to them, they never look you fully in the face. They always keep their head bowed and their eyes never make contact.

Or others advertise it by the way they dress. You know that dress clothing carries a message. The way you dress says something, either positive or negative. It’s never neutral.

When I see a young girl in baggy loose clothing, that leaves, you know, there’s no way to know what her form is. I say to myself, a case of poor self esteem.

And there are many other ways that it indicates itself. I believe it’s a very common religious problem. Sometimes we misinterpret it as humility. But if you have a poor sense of self-worth, you can’t be humble because you’ve got nothing to be humble about. It’s altogether different to be humble.

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When you know your own value, then you can be humble.

CREATION OF MAN

And so I want to give you the reasons why you should value yourself, why you are valuable. And I want to go back to God’s original purpose in creating man as it’s recorded in the opening chapters of Genesis.

But before I do that, I want to remind you that the creation of Adam and Eve was somewhat down the program in God’s creative works, He had already created a glorious host of angelic beings: seraphim and cherubim and archangels and angels and many other glorious beings.

But there had been a rebellion headed up by one of the chief archangels, whose name originally was Lucifer, but it was changed to Satan.

Lucifer means the bright, the brilliant, the shining one. Satan means the adversary, the enemy.

And the reason why Lucifer fell was pride. And let me say to you the far, the most dangerous sin that ever threatens us is pride. It is a disastrous sin, and we are all vulnerable to it in one way or another.

Those of us who are in ministry, if we have any kind of success, we easily get taken over by pride. And I’ve lived long enough to see ministries that were ruined by pride.

My personal prayer is Lord, by whatever means is necessary, keep me from becoming proud.

WHY DID LUCIFER REBEL?

Now the reason why Lucifer rebelled was that he was proud, and he had a lot to be proud of.

In Ezekiel chapter 28, the latter part of the chapter, many of you are probably not familiar with this passage, but Ezekiel 28 deals with two persons. The first half deals with the prince of Tyre. The second half deals with the king of Tyre.

The prince of Tyre is a human ruler, but the king of Tyre is an archangel, the one who was Lucifer. And this is how he’s described, beginning in verse 12.

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Ezekiel 28:12-13: “Thus says the Lord God: ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz and diamond, beryl, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.‘”

The most glorious being! And he occupied a place of singular honor.

It says, ‘You were the anointed cherub who covers;’ who covers the throne of God. One cherub was set apart to stretch out his wings over the throne of God, and that honor was given to Lucifer.

I don’t know whether you’ve ever observed that all the pictures that we have of cherubs or cherubim later on in the Tabernacle and in the Temple, there are two of them, one facing the other.

And I think that was God’s way of saying, just remember, there’s another one just as beautiful as you are. Don’t ever get caught up with your own beauty.

But this is what it says about Lucifer.

‘You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you. You were on the holy mountain of God. You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.’ (Ezekiel 28:14)

That’s no human being that that’s addressed to. That’s an angelic being.

‘You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.’ (Ezekiel 28:15)

So there was this glorious heavenly being of inexpressible wisdom, glory, majesty and power with the singular privilege of covering the throne of God. And yet iniquity was found in him. He became proud and pride was his downfall.

And he was cast out from the heaven of God into a lower region.

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Then I just picture the three members of the Godhead, the three Persons of the Godhead taking counsel together and saying the problem was we made him too beautiful. It was easy for him to become proud. So let’s do it a different way.

I mean this is just my imagination. Let’s take something so humble and so insignificant that he can never become proud. And so that was how Adam was created. A remarkable creation.

And Adam was made of dust, just common dust mingled with water. And then molded by the hand of God. And we have here the reason why God created him.

REASON WHY GOD CREATED MAN

Chapter one of Genesis, verse 26 and 27.

Genesis 1:26-27: Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image.”

You notice God is talking in the plural, which occurs several times in Scripture. This is the mystery that God is one, and yet more than one.

Let Us make man in Our image according to Our likeness.’

Now, those are two words: image and likeness. The Hebrew word for image recurs in a different form in modern Hebrew, in the phrase to take a photograph, it describes the outward likeness.

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