I am a sinner. I am guilty of a lot of things. I am also forgiven for everyone of them. For years I hid behind the shadows of my sins feeling I was unworthy to serve God on a higher platform and in a bigger way. Yet, all the while he was calling me to do so.
What would people think of this imperfect person, this unqualified person standing before them even if just on paper sharing my story, sharing my faith, attempting to inspire and motivate others when I have fallen so short?
Satan was one happy camper! He had me right where he wanted me.
It had never occurred to me that Satan could be that little voice telling me that I was not good enough, why bother? Keeping me from moving forward for God and toward God.
I was making excuses. I was holding myself hostage. I refused to allow myself to live free. I had not forgiven myself for things that God had already forgiven me for. I was fighting a battle God had already won! If God has forgiven me, who am I not to forgive myself? Ouch.
This seemed an important topic for discussion because I see it in others. People that are frustrated with themselves for mistakes they have made. Continually beating themselves up and becoming weary. Living in the past rather than moving forward in God’s grace.
It is really about learning to receive and believe. God is holding out the gift of grace and eternal love in this blood – stained package. He let his son die so we could be free. If we continue to live in chains, that terrible crucifixion took place in vain. Have you ever thought of it like that? That if we continue to wallow in our past sins instead of letting them go and moving forward in grace to live fuller lives that we are just as guilty of pounding the nails? Receive His gift.
We must BELIEVE that we are forgiven and that God loves us and wants the best for us. We do not have to live lives mired down in the ugly mess that we think we deserve to live in. In fact, we must stop doing so. God wants us to live blessed, happy, full and prosperous lives. Are you living the kind of life that honors the gift?
What stupid lies has Satan been telling you? Seriously…take a moment to pause and think about it. You mess up everyday so God could never use you? You deserve the bad things happening in your life? You will never be good enough? You have to be perfect before God will love you? Now think about this…if you believe any of that rather than believing that God loves you just how you are and where you are…then you are on the losing team!
God has open enrollment. His roster is not full. Lay down the bat that you are beating yourself up with and join the winning team on the field. Victory is waiting. Because of God, you are enough.
Until next time,