She was nice looking, perhaps the most popular music sensation of the 1970s, an incredibly talented drummer and vocalist including two top 10 Billboard 100 hits. On stage she was glamorous and loved by the crowd. Thousands of people cheered her on as she performed classic song after song. She guest starred on TV shows, was on the front of magazine covers, and toured the world. Yet, Karen Carpenter died at the age of 32 due to complications associated with the disease of anorexia. She starved herself to death.

As a teenager she was told she was “chubby.” Genetically with her bone structure and body style she was never meant to be slim and trim. Yet in her mind she needed to be to avoid the name calling. So, after making her first two recordings with her brother, at the age of 17 she went on a very rigorous diet. She was driven to never be known as being “chubby” again. And in a heart-breaking tragedy she lost her life.

With the help of God, we must guard our hearts against toxic words that define, motivate and manipulate our lives. Do not allow Satan to deposit toxic words to settle in and take residence. If things have been said about you, or when things are said about you, or when Satan encourages you to speak negative self-talk, things that are not true, ask God to guard your heart.

You are not who Satan says you are. You are not who others say you are. You are who your Creator God says you are. God longed to say to Karen Carpenter, “You are acceptable regardless of your weight. You are not who Satan or others say you are. You are valuable and loved in my eyes.” In the Bible God talks about you a lot!

You are created by the Master Craftsman (Genesis 1:1, 27). You are an intentionally designed masterpiece. You are not a mistake, accident or random happening (Psalm 139:13-14). You are cared for (Genesis 3:21). You have purpose (Ephesians 2:10). You are acceptable (Romans 15:7). You are lovable (Jeremiah 31:3, Isaiah 54:10). You are valuable (Luke 12:24). You are forgivable (1 John 1:9).

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For those of you who have asked God for forgiveness, received Christ as your Savior, and are an actively obedient Christ-follower, you are a child of God (John 1:12). You are protected (Isaiah 43:1-2). You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are the apple of God’s eye (Psalm 17:8). You are treasured (Deuteronomy 7:6). You are a friend of Jesus (John 15:15). You are an irreplaceable member of an eternal family (Galatians 3:28, Galatians 4:7). You are a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20).

We have a critical choice to make. Are we who Satan says we are? Are we who others say we are? Or are we who God says we are? Whose voice will we listen to? Whose voice will define us.

There is a beautiful song called “Who You Say I Am” that was released by Hillsong Worship in 2018. I highly encourage you to listen to this song. “For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you!” 1 Thessalonians 1:4.