good enough re posted just because

I wonder at what point we go from confidence to insecurity, or from grace to guilt. What comes into our lives and teaches us that we are not good enough, or that we do not measure up. What tricks us into not believing Gods grace is sufficient. I can trace mine back to events that turned the playing field away from God. I think is is important to look back and identify what caused you to break, and then even more important to take those moments back. You can not undo what happened just as you can not prevent what else may happen, but you can take back what was stolen form you. Our confidence is in Christ, we are good enough, because we are his, we measure up because he created the "we" that we are. And his grace is sufficient. I have heard some talk about walking in guilt because grace seems to easy. Well for us it is supposed to be easy. It is a contrast to the effort of the cross. What Jesus did for us was harder than anything we can fathom. And in his extreme comes our freedom. Accepting his grace is part of recognizing his sacrifice. And grace is not permission to sin, it is knowledge that our sin is forgiven. God knows where we fall short and only in his power will we find strength to change, so it only makes sense to be wrapped in his grace. But we also have to get to a place where we are not wanting more for the image others will have of us. Our desire has to be more for God. It's like going to church, if your thought is "well if I don't go what will They think of me" Or "I go to church so i know they think I am good" Man If either of those cross your mind just stay home. I walked in guilt for a long time and what kept me there was worrying about what this one or that one thought of me. Never looking at what God may think of me. If we compare ourselves and our walk with another then we are not walking in Gods shadow, we're walking in theirs. And the thing about walking in mans shadow, it's small and will keep you looking down, keeps you locked it guilt focused on making the "right" move.
What do you think walking in Gods shadow feels like?

12 comments:

Christy said...

Oh I am so guilty of worrying about what others think of me and Im trying to so hard now to only worry about what God thinks of me.
I have been having the same thoughts about am I "good enough" Im so glad you did this post! Thanks!

Michelle V said...

What a wonderful post! I have struggled with overcoming the things people had caused me to believe about myself and to realize how God sees me! It's still a struggle, but you're right, once I realized what had caused it, it was easier to move forward!

Blessings
Michelle

Jeanne said...

I hate insecurity. It's probably my biggest weakness. Ugh, I HATE it. And there are a zillion things to be insecure about. I do believe I'm closer now than I've ever been to truly believing I'm secure in every way in my Sweet Love (Joey, too)! It's just so wearying (if that's a word) to constantly cast down those lies. I love you. Thanks for sharing this. :) Why is the truth harder to believe than the lie?

Denise said...

Things that make you go hmmm. Keep those thoughts coming!!

Sheryl said...

WORRY??? ME??? YES!

One of my favorite names is one that Hagar called Him. She called Him, "The God who sees me."

I must remember that. It makes me feel safe, loved, cared for.

Deborah said...

my thoughts were the same as jeanne...why is it easier to believe the lie? I always have to fight the "I'm not a good christian so why even try" mentality instead of just walking in that grace.

Rachel said...

My favorite part is grace is not permission to sin, it is knowledge that our sin is forgiven. I think that is an excellent statement! There are many times when I question what I've done by what others might think of me, not by what God thinks of me. Once again, you've written a thought provoking post, girl!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Girl...you've got some deep insight. This post is so dead-on.

Xandra

jennykate77 said...

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This is a great post...I think it's important to realize that the devil wants us to think that we are never good enough, but in God's eyes we're perfectly imperfect...we're human...but He loves us unconditionally! Isn't that wonderful!

I'll be back to read more!

Hope you're having a great day! :)

The Cannon Chronicles said...

Good stuff! It is good to hear these things! God is enough and we should just rest in his grace.

Ang baylis said...

"If we compare ourselves and our walk with another then we are not walking in Gods shadow, we're walking in theirs." Ouch, ouch, ouch! Thank you, dear friend! You are more than good enough. You are so right that the confidence has to come from Him!
I love you,
Angie xoxo

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