“I’m not enough.” You can fill in the blank with smart, confident, talented, gifted, spiritual, outgoing, attractive, or any number of positive attributes. Mine would be confident I still came to put up defensive walls because I’m afraid of what people say about my personality. I still hear my mother saying the things she used to say, and think other people will say them too. But at the source and each one of those blanks is Rooted in “I’m not good enough” Period. It’s one of Satan’s favorite deceptions to hold God’s children hostage to a life that is “less than.” “ i’m not good enough” Is an insidious lie that keeps gods Beth at bay for many of His children. Yes so many fall for this lie me included. Sometimes when you hear something over and over it becomes truth in our mind.
Satan tries to get us to focus on our flaws rather than our faith. When we focus on our faults, we take our focus off God, who equips us, the Holy Spirit, who empowers us, and Jesus who envelops us.
The Bible does not say no one is good enough to earn his or her way into heaven (Romans 3:23). Salvation is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). However, many have taken the truth that they are not good enough to earn their way to heaven and transferred it to “I’m not good enough -Period.” But through the finished work of Christ, and his power working in you and through you, you are good enough to do everything God has called you to do and be.
Giving into the lie of “I’m not good enough” Will paralyze you. It is a coward‘s way out. I might have just hurt your feelings, but listen I’m talking about myself too.
I was asked to speak at a Veterans dinner this weekend. I am really stressed about it. I don’t know how people will react, I don’t know what people will say. And that scares me. I have put up a defensive wall around me for so long. I don’t like to talk because I’m afraid what people say about me. This weekend I know I have to step out of my comfort zone. I know I need to break down this wall if I’m going to continue to grow.
Shrinking back and not moving forward is safer. But it is also boring – and not the life I want to live, I want to live a full life Jesus came to give me. This is a crisis point were many decide not to follow what they sense of God is leading them to do. Then they wonder why they do not experience God’s presence and activity the way other believers do. I sense that God wants me to get out and speak some of this that I am writing. But in my flesh I am too weak. And I don’t want to be with you anymore and I don’t think you do either.
Courage and confidence follow obedience. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood in the Roles of places where my heart is telling me you need to speak up, But my head is screaming “I’m not good enough.”
What lies does doesSatan tell you that you need to replace with God’s truth? I know I have a few.