When I walked into the classroom that night and saw the women patiently waiting for me to arrive, my first thought was , WOW! How did I get here? How have I come so far that the Lord see’s me fit to teach other women about Freedom and living a healthy lifestyle while overcoming addictions and self esteem issues.
How I ask?
Because to be honest, some days, (not all of them) I don’t think I am good enough to help others overcome. Especially when I have not (really) overcome myself.
My thought is, don’t we need to have “arrived” and be completely victorious before God can use us?
The answer is no.
According to 1 Corinthians 1:27-29,it says, But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are. 29. so that no one can boast before him.
This passage of scripture reminds me that God chose the foolish, weak and lowly me. The me that came from addiction, abuse and rejection. The me no one thought would amount to anything great.
I have to remind myself that God does want to use someone like me so that His name can be Glorified. With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.(Mark 10:27) And HE works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
So I have come up with 3 easy things you can do when the thoughts and feelings of “I’m not good enough” attack.
Do it anyway~ I didn’t feel equipped to lead those women but…. I did it anyway. I had to make a conscious effort to push those negative thoughts out. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says; Take every thought captive and make it obedient to the Christ.
I am not saying that it was by any means easy but I did it!! See Gods power work through you in those weak moments. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. AMEN!
Search the scriptures~ Equip your mind with the word of God. Read, study, write and confess the word of God over your self and mind. Say who God says you are. Chosen, loved and valuable to be used by Him, for His purpose. Say I am More Than Enough.
Do whatcha gotta do! ~ I have to be honest, when I left that class I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things. And all of a sudden I found myself in the ice cream isle picking out my favorite flavor of Halo top ice cream. I got home, turned on the t.v and had a mini pity party. I just needed a moment to feel sorry for myself and sulk in all those “I’m not good enough” thoughts. But it didn’t last long, we know His mercies are new every morning, (lamentations 3:22-23) so I woke up, put on my big girl panties and got to work. Seeking God, reading His word, worshipping (my biggest weapon) and I shook off those feelings of insecurity and replace them with the power that is only found through my relationship with Jesus Christ.
Apply these three simple, yet sometimes hard, principles to your daily life and watch what God will do in you and through you!
And remember… YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH.