Saturday, September 1, 2018

Good enough



Do you ever hear these words in your mind? Perhaps someone has made you feel this way?

“I’m not attractive enough.”
“I’m not smart enough.”
“I’m not creative enough.”
“I’m not strong enough.”
“I’m not good enough.”

These statements are outright lies, but they seem to be easy for us to believe, and they are lies that we play over and over in our heads at times. These lies beat us down, zap our confidence, and make us less effective in every way. The enemy of this world lurks from person to person, and he quietly weaves these comments into our thoughts. He uses people to drive this point home in us: when we didn’t qualify for a job, or our creativity wasn’t quite what they were looking for, or we just didn’t have the look they wanted. If the enemy can get us to focus on our flaws, our attention is pulled away from our faith. These thoughts lead us to feeling like failures and can paralyze us.

Friend, you are good enough in God’s eyes. He has equipped you to do everything He has called you to do. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” as written in Psalm 139:14. Ephesians 2:10 says, “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

God created each one of us with unique abilities and characteristics. Isaiah 64:8 says, “Yet you, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hands.” Romans 9:21 adds, “Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” Not only did He create us to be unique, but He also added His strength to help us. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

So when you hear these lies in your ear, and you begin to feel self-doubt or discouragement seeping into your soul, remember who you are to God.  Don’t allow yourself to submit and jump onto the bandwagon of lies and despair. Remember that God is for you. “If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31b)?” Ask Him for strength. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak (Isaiah 40:29).”

Ask Him to show you how He sees you.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!And that is what we are!” I John 3:1a

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