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(By: Sharon Jaynes of Girlfriends in God.)

I'M NOT _______ ENOUGH

Todayís Truth
ďDonít you know that you yourselves are Godís temple and that Godís Spirit lives in you?Ē~1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV)

Friend To Friend:
Iím not _____________ enough. You can fill that blank in with smart, talented, gifted, spiritual, or any number of positive attributes, but the root source of each one of those lies is ďIím not good enough.Ē It is one of the enemyís favorite weapons and he uses it to keep Godís children in bondage to feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy. The bottom line is that the enemy wants you to believe that you are ďnot enough.Ē Period. But you are enough. You are enough and have been equipped and empowered to do everything that God has called you to do.

It seems the message of ďIím not good enough to earn my way to heaven on my own,Ē has been transformed into Iím not good enough Ö period. God created man and woman and said, ďIt is good.Ē We are so valuable to God that He gave His only Son to restore our brokenness.

To be honest, I could have been the poster child for this lie. If feeling inadequate was an Olympic event, I would have been on the Wheaties box. It was the undercurrent of my entire existence until I finally realized who I was in Christ. Bible teacher Beth Moore said, ďIn the dead of the night when insecurities crawl on us like fleas, all of us have terrifying bouts of insecurity and panics of insignificance. Our human natures pitifully fall to the temptation to pull out the tape measure and gauge ourselves against people who seem more gifted and anointed by God.Ē That was me.

Many women are living in silent defeat, comparing themselves to other women who are living in secret defeat. Iím not a good mother. Iím not a good wife. Iím not a good Christian. Iím not a good witness. Iím not a good housekeeper. Iím not a good decorator. Iím not a good cook. Iím not a good Ö. Women are caught in a cycle of the ďIím not good enoughs.Ē One by one, the petals fall from the beautiful flower God created us to be. Like ticker tape, our fragmented pieces of confidence litter the streets like the Macyís parade passing by.

Unfortunately, I wasted many precious years held captive by the enemyís lies before I held up my chained hands to God and said, ďIím ready for you to set me free.Ē

Consider this:

Jacob was a liar.

Moses was a stutterer.

Gideon was a coward.

David was an adulterer.

Rahab was a prostitute.

Esther was an orphan.

Balaamís donkey was Öwell, a donkey.

Yet God used each one of them to impact His kingdom.

God doesnít call us because we are particularly gifted or talented. He uses us because we are obedient and dependent on Him. He doesnít call the qualified Ė He qualifies the called.

The truth is, if you have experienced new birth in Christ, when God looks at you, He sees Jesus. And friend, Jesus is good enough.

Letís Pray
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You today. Because of Jesus Christ and His work of redemption in me, I am deeply loved, completely forgiven, fully pleasing and totally accepted by You. Because of Jesus Christ in me, I am equipped and empowered to do all that You have called me to do. Now, LORD, help me act like it.

In Jesusí Name,


"When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything You gave me.'" ~Erma Bombeck
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