2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Am I good enough?! A question that I so often ask myself when it comes to fulfilling anything that I believe God has placed on my heart. It is also a question that opens the door to fear and insecurity, which either paralyzes me or chases me away from the task at hand. At times I'll start to second-guess if I really heard from God. I mean it all sounds good in the beginning, but once the time comes to put the vision into action...well that's a different story! At some point I'll start comparing myself to others, or magnifying my weaknesses, which again, creates a welcome mat for fear and insecurity. It is a constant battle that I fight with every step of faith that I take...
But then, I'm reminded of 2 Timothy 1:7, which says that God hasn't given us a spirit of fear. So if it's not of God, then it must be the enemy. And of course he doesn't want you to think that you're good enough, because then you'll follow through with the plans that God laid on your heart. Plans that were designed to defeat the enemy, and bring God glory. You didn't really think it was going to be that easy did you?! The devil isn't just going to lie down and let you walk off into the sunset of your destiny. He's going to make you fight for it! And two of the weapons that he uses are fear and insecurity.
Now, let me say this...if you have not planned or sought wise counsel in regards to stepping out on faith, that too can cause fear and insecurity, and rightfully so! It may also cause more burdens in your life than blessings, if you're not careful. Being faithful, and being foolish are not the same thing. Jesus, a perfect man, had a calling, but even he had to prepare and be prepared by God. So trust me, you must also go through the process of planning, seeking, and testing, if you're going to complete God's will for your life. It's not that you're not good enough, but God is a God of order, and you must complete His process.
However, in either case, neither person will ever be "good enough" to do what God called them to do. And that's OK, because God designed it that way. He loves us, wants us to be dependent on Him, and wants to create a lasting relationship with us. He doesn't need us to be perfect, or the most qualified, He just wants us to be obedient and to trust Him.
When we look at 2 Timothy 1:9 it says, "For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus." Right there you see that God called us according to His plan, and not because of anything that we ever could or could not do. This walk is about grace and faith. Through Christ, we are able to say, "God, I know I'm not good enough, but I trust that You can use me anyway." So the next time you are faced with fear and insecurity, stare them right in the eyes, and say "I've got grace and faith, and that's good enough for me!"
God loves you!
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