“I’m not _______________ enough.”

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”

(1 Corinthians 3:16).

 . [tweetherder][/tweetherder]You are enough and have been equipped by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to do everything that God has called you to do.

It seems the message of “I’m not good enough to earn my way to heaven on my own,” has been transformed into I’m not good enough…period. God created man and woman and said, “It is good.” 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 the lie, “I’m not good enough.”  If feeling inadequate was an Olympic event, I would have been on the Corn Flakes box. See that picutre above? That is my kindergarten class. Now look and see, who is the most insecure scared lookin’ kid in the class? I wonder if you can spot me.

Insecurity was the undercurrent of my entire existence until I finally realized who I was in Christ. Bible teacher Beth Moore said, “In 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.” That was me.

[tweetherder][/tweetherder]Many women are living in silent defeat, comparing themselves to other women who are living in secret defeat. I’m not a good mother. I’m not a good wife. I’m not a good Christian. I’m not a good witness. I’m not a good housekeeper. I’m not a good decorator.  I’m not a good cook.  I’m not a good….  Women are caught in a cycle of the “I’m not good enoughs.” 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 Macy’s parade passing by.

Unfortunately, I wasted many precious years held captive by the enemy’s lies before I held up my chained hands to God and said, “I’m ready for you to set me free.”

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.

Balaam’s donkey was…well, a donkey.

And yet God used each one of them to impact His kingdom.

God doesn’t call us because we are particularly gifted or talented. He uses us because we are obedient and dependent on Him. He doesn’t call the qualified – 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.

Let’s 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 Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn 

Go back to that first sentence in today’s devotion.  What would you put in that blank?

Is that the truth?

What do you think God would say to you about what you have written in that blank?

OK, I want you to tell me one truth about who you are? Need some help picking a truth? Click over to my website, click on the Free Living Life Resources, and open up the list that says “My New Identity in Christ.” Print it out! Tell me just one of the truths that you’re going to ponder today. Leave a comment on my blog post or on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sharonjaynes.

Also (I’m breaking a cardinal blog rule and asking you 2 questions) take a look at the picture at the top again. Which little girl do you think is me?

Want More? 

Are you ready to begin walking in the truth rather than stumbling over the lies?  Are you ready to begin seeing yourself as God sees you?  Then you’ll want to read my book , I’m Not Good Enough…and Other Lies Women Tell Themselves.   But be warned.  This book could change your life!

 

27 Responses to “I’m not _______________ enough.”

  1. Susan October 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    I am redeemed and forgiven through Christ’s blood. Ephesians 1:7
    Thank you for this list. As I go about my day ~ I will mediate on this as I spent time with God this morning and need to focus on being forgiven. God bless you!

  2. Tracy October 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Hi Sharon!
    Thanks so much for today’s post. It’s just what I needed to hear. Recently, I set off on a new career: to make jewelry that touches the soul. My goal is to create quality, beautiful jewelry that is inspired by scripture and will encourage the believer. I’ve really been struggling with whether or not my work is ‘good enough’. Thanks so much for the encouragement! I’m going to rely on the fact that I am God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for me to do. Ephesians 2:10

  3. Carol October 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    I am the Fragrance of Christ.

  4. Carol October 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    I am born of God and the evil one cannot harm me! (1 John 5:18)
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Philippians 4:13)

  5. Janice Bentley October 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    I am chosen and appointed by Christ to go and bear fruit. (John 15:16)
    I am trusting that our ministry to exotic dancers last night is fulfilling this truth. Believing that all wil eventually find new life in Christ and new jobs.

  6. Janice Bentley October 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I think you’re the little girl on the left in the middle row. Same cute smile.

  7. Judith October 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Hi Sharon,

    I love your books and Girlfriends In God! My blank would be IM NOT EDUCATED ENOUGH. I didn’t finish college to help my sick father run his business. This has haunted my whole life. I am educated I have been a liscensed esthetician for 22 years, but I have allowed this LIE to rob from me.

    I have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16 and that’s enough for me. I get it!! FINALLY!!!

    Thank you for all you do.

    Blessings,

    Judith

  8. Sarah Fulton October 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    I am accepted by Christ. Romans 15:7
    Those are words I desperately needed to hear! Praise the Lord for meeting our needs before we even recognize the need ourselves!
    Thank you for your ministry!

  9. Johnese Burtram October 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    I fully understand the I not good enough syndrome. I, like so many of my sisters, find this the struggle that often defines life. Thank you for reminding us of who we are in Jesus. However, I am concerned that any of us would ever say, I am good enough. I am absolutely NOT good enough. The ONLY one good enough is Jesus. Only He can say I AM good enough. I think the question is am I accepted. YES, YES, I am accepted by the God of the Universe because of the effectual sacrifice of Jesus. Because I am accepted, forgiven and regenerated by the One who is good, I can reflect His goodness in a world fraught with comparisons that are neither accurate or productive. We are His workmanship created to do good.

  10. valerie October 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    I know full well the “I’m not good enough” blues….but I claim today that as a child of God, I am valuable to God. Matthew 6:26!

  11. Ritela October 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Thank you for the beautiful words of encouragement! We are heirs of the Kingdom of God, how can we not be good enough? But the evil one never ceases to try and discourage us, but we are NOT victims, we are victorious!!!

    I think you may be in the middle row, to the far right : )

  12. Brenda October 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    I am not disciplined enough. Thank you for this message today. I think you are the little girl in the middle with her fingers in her mouth….too cute.

  13. Nancy Beneteau October 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I used to believe that I was not worthy, or accepted. But as recently has the women’s retreat I attended the end of September , God met me and we put that lie to rest once and for all. I know I’m far from perfect and there are a lot of things that need to change and heal. What I do know is I AM ACCEPTED BY CHRIST! I AM A DAUGHTER OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, even though there are some who do not accept me here on earth, I am part of God’s family. When I was growing up I was taught the term, forever family, as a way to explain why I was placed for adoption, what I know about that now is when I took the step to begin my walk with Christ, I entered into my forever family. The rejection I grew up feeling is gone. The mother whose womb I came is now in Heaven along with my Heavenly Father. I can’t wait till the day I can be with them both. All the stuff here on earth I’m dealing with is His plan for and has been all along. I’m just now listening and doing my best to follow it.
    There are days when these lies penetrate and start to work on me, that’s when I know I have someone along side me to guide me through and deafen my ears to the lies.
    I Love My God!

  14. Kate Walsh October 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    What can I say? God you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 You are so loving and caring. You see everything that happens Daddy thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x You come along side us and whisper “It’s OK, you are My Child and that’s all that matters. You ARE good enough for me. Don’t let people put you down. You are more than gold, the birds and the grains of sand on the seashore.” I <3 You.

  15. Sue October 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Being good is not what gets me to heaven. I am saved by the grace of God and not by good works. I hope that you do not believe that only if you are good enough are you going to heaven. Ephesians 2:8.

  16. Maureen October 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    I am a Princess, and my Daddy is THE King!

  17. Lisa October 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
    Thank you for this list of reminders of who we are in Christ. I can relate to today’s devotional a bit too well. I will proclaim this verse especially since I struggle with this frequently. Thank you for all of your encouraging words. I love the GIG devotionals. They are always so relevant and timely in my life. Bless you as you continue to minister to the needs of women all over the world. <3

  18. Kim October 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Oh, how I needed to hear this today! I was in tears as I contemplated that when God looks at me, He sees Jesus. Initially, I filled in the blank with, I’m not “good” enough, for that’s how I’ve always felt. But when God looks at me and sees Jesus – wow. Jesus is infinitely good and MORE than enough. Praise God!!!

  19. Michelle October 18, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    Thank you so much for being so faithful. I read your devotionals all the time. They always make me take a second look at myself. Thanks again!! I believe you are the little girl on the middle row at the far right.

  20. Pavla October 18, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    I am chosen and appointed by Christ to go and bear fruit. There is so much LOVE in this vers, I thing …
    I think you are the little girl with her fingers in her mouth 🙂

  21. Gielizza Marie Calzado October 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    Dear Ms. Sharon Jaynes,

    I have been struggling with insecurity for a while now. Thank you for this beautifully written devotional. God is just amazing. He sent me this message just when I was about to feel really sad about myself again. I thank Him for you. 🙂
    God bless you more and more.

    Sincerely,
    Gielizza

  22. jehrica October 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    HALLELUJAH, My new identity in Christ!
    “I am the salt of the earth.” Matthew 5:13
    Amen

  23. Laura October 19, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

    Like so many have already commented I too needed to hear this. I need and want to stop pushing God away.

    Thank you .

  24. Elise Daly Parker October 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    I have believed many I’m not good enough, worthy enough, Christian enough, thin enough, smart enough…and lately I’m thinking I’m not young enough to embark on the new work I believe God has called me to. For me, the lie often starts with comparison. I look around, assess where I am as compared to someone gooder, worthier, godlier, thinner, smarter, younger, and I always fall short. Praise Him who whispers in my ear, You are dearly loved. You are mine. When I listen to the voice of Truth, I am indeed good enough by grace alone!

  25. Tori October 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Thank you for this inspirational post today! I need this. What I really feel God telling me to do is knuckle down and get busy getting my own freelance/ telecommute business up and running.
    I need help staying focused and nose to the grindstone!
    Oh…and to get diligent once again with exercise!

    Thanks again for this post and your prayers.

  26. Deborah October 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I enjoyed your post for today, I received a lot of what was said. I need to continue to seek God’s Kingdom everyday and to apply his word in my life daily. I believe God wants me to become strong in this area. I have serveral testimonies I need to release because I believe what I have to say will encourage many young women.

    I appreciate your prayers and may God continue to bless your ministry.

  27. Cathy October 26, 2012 at 2:44 am #

    Your posts have been wonderful, I have been sooo blessed by them. Thank you!!!

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