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.

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