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When you feel inadequate (2)

‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ 2 Corinthians 1 2:9 NKJV First, acknowledge your inadequacy to God. Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic, says, ‘Deny your weakness, and you will never realise God’s strength in you.’ God told Paul, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made [...]

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When you feel inadequate (2)

‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ 2 Corinthians 1 2:9 NKJV

First, acknowledge your inadequacy to God. Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic, says, ‘Deny your weakness, and you will never realise God’s strength in you.’ God told Paul, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV) Anything that makes you lean on God is a plus and not a minus.

Second, stop putting yourself down. You say, ‘But I lack the qualifications to do the job.’ God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. How? By filling them with His Spirit. ‘… I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit …’ (Joel 2:28-29 NKJV). God isn’t limited by age, gender, race, or academic status. The only thing that limits Him is the limit you place on yourself or allow others to.

Third, don’t buy it. Advertisers spend billions of dollars to convince you that without their product you are inadequate or incomplete. Don’t believe them! Begin to say, ‘I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made …’ (Psalm 139:14 NKJV).

Fourth, view the excellence or superior performance of someone else as a source of motivation rather than intimidation. Meanwhile, don’t lose sight of your unique giftedness. Yes, you are gifted in some area. ‘Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: …’ (Romans 12:6 NKJV). Your gift may be undiscovered, undeveloped, or unused, but it resides within you. Today, unlock it and begin to use it.

SoulFood: Matt 5:8 Ps 24:3-6 2 Pet 3:3-14 1 John 3:1-3

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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