1615–25; < Latin dēprecātus prayed against, warded off (past participle of dēprecārī ), equivalent to dē-de-
+ prec ( ārī ) to pray
+ -ātus -ate
So, we can gather by reading the Dictionary.com meaning, the verb, “deprecate” means to belittle, or show disapproval of.
One of the first times in the Bible where a person spoke of themselves in this manner was in the 4th Chapter of Exodus. God is equipping Moses to address the Pharaoh. Moses said to the Lord “O Lord my God, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” Ex 4 v 10 (KJV).
Now, I cannot imagine why Moses would say this to the Lord-perhaps he did not have the information we have today: “For with God, nothing is impossible.” Luke 1 v 37 (KJV) Perhaps he may have have had that information, but was self doubting anyway. I know that I have done this, and cannot say that in the future I won’t make this error in faith again.
Whatever the reason, Moses had self doubt, and spoke of it to the Lord. The Lord responded (paraphrased): Who made you? Who made your mouth, your hearing, your limbs? Was it not I? So, go and do as I have asked, for I will be with your mouth, and teach you what to speak.
Oh Moses… Again he challenges the Lord and says “O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.”
As you can well imagine the Lord was not too happy to have His servant question is judgement not once, but twice : “And the anger for the Lord was kindled against Moses….” Ex 4 v 14 (partial verse).
So, what have we learned so far? As far back as the Old Testament, even the most “Godly” men, (Moses) felt self deprecating, unsure of themselves, or unworthy of the Lord’s wishes, and expressed it to the Lord.
As human’s, we sometimes yo-yo between being boastful and self deprecating. This is generally when Satan has joined the conversation. Self-deprecation sometimes may sound like humility, but in reality, it is a rejection of the Lord’s word: The one that assures us that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil 4 v 13 ) (KJV).
Dealing with a temporary problem for a long time can make us believe we have a permanent condition. Negative labels are easy to apply to ourselves when we have forgotten who we are in Christ.
“I am so fat!”
“Wish I could help, but I’m not that smart.”
“I am so forgetful.”
“Thank you for saying that, but I am really not beautiful.”
“Yes..our marriage did not work out, “I” am divorced.”
Have you been in a place in your life where the temporary seems permanent? I think we all have. It’s time to start a little “TRUTH TALK” to ourselves.
“Yes, I am over my normal weight, but I can exercise more, and eat less.”
“To help me remember where I put my keys, I will place them in the same place every time I step in my front door. Then, I won’t be so forgetful.”
“It takes two people to make AND break a marriage. It was not just “My” fault it ended.”
Temporary DOES NOT equal permanent.
Dishonoring/displeasing God is a very serious thing. God was upset when Moses complained and felt unable to lead the Israelites out of Egypt because of his speech impediment.
Rejecting the spirit of inadequacy is key to feeling/being obedient to the Lord. Keeping our minds renewed daily with the Word, can clean out any potential “cobwebs” (spirits) of self deprecation, and other spirits who try to control our minds.
God does not care as much about what others say about us, it’s the comments we make that sadden Him.
Deflecting complements is only one way we put our selves down. How do you think our Father feels when he witnesses this? We are His PRIDE and JOY! I know I don’t want to cause my Father anymore anger or pain. I know I am His Beloved. He shows me everyday.
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: “God is able to make all grace abound toward me; so that I always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”