This past week my husband and I decided to take our family to an amusement park. We all share a love for amusement park rides. But for the past few years we’ve had some problems with some of the rides, the ones with height requirements, my kids weren’t tall enough to ride all the rides.
I’m a understanding person, and I completely understand why there are height requirements and I agree with those requirements. But trying to get your kids to understand those requirements is a whole other game. When your kid backs up to that big ruler on the ride that they have been so eager to ride all year and find out that they still don’t measure up, is disheartening. In the past my husband and I have encouraged our kids to not let the rules for that one ride spoil the fun of getting to enjoy so many other rides, but it didn’t seem to help their perspective.
But this week things were different, for the first time, we all met the height requirements! Words cannot express the excitement my kids felt when they realized they were tall enough!
In the past when my kids found out they weren’t tall enough, the following statements could be heard for the next 30 minutes, “I’m never tall enough, or old enough, or strong enough, or good enough.” I know these statements are the grumblings of a child, but I can relate.
Your not enough is found in that relationship that didn’t work out, that college you didn’t get accepted to, that team you didn’t make, the weight you struggle to loose, that test that you continue to fail, that job you lost or the financial struggles you continue to have. And each of these struggles seem to solidify that inner thought of “I’m just not enough.”
And in our own strength we will either exhaust ourselves trying to defy the voices of “your not enough” or we will just give up and start agreeing with them.
Your not enough, is a lie that is dressed with shame and works to project a false authority over you. In my last post Identity Theft I shared how Satan is the father of lies, and the lie that he baits us with is that what he says goes. So when he tells you that your not enough he will then shove a scenario in your face as “proof” that he’s right.
The question we need to ask is, “Who am I listening to?” because the word God speaks over his children is completely different. In Colossians chapter 2 verses 8-10 in The Passion Translation says:
Beware that no one distracts you or intimidates you in their attempt to lead you away from Christ’s fullness by pretending to be full of wisdom when they’re filled with endless arguments of human logic. For they operate with humanistic and clouded judgements based on the mindset of the world system, and not the anointed truths of the Anointed One. For He is the complete fullness of deity living in human form. And our own completeness is found in Him. We are completely filled with God as Christ fullness overflows within us.
God always speaks a better word. So if you want to know who your listening to, then listen to you self-talk? Are the words destructive, shame-filled and discouraging or are they full of life, encouragement and love? Do those words build up or tear down? Take some time and listen to what you are saying to yourself.
As verse 8 points out, beware that no one intimidates you to lead you away from Christ’s fullness. Christ completely fills you, in him you lack nothing. So the moment you begin to think “Im not enough” is when you believe your lacking, and Satan will use intimidation to keep you from considering that it’s a lie.
Your complete, your enough, you meet every requirement and qualification because of Christ — God said so and He never lies. You are so completely filled with God that Christ overflows within you! That’s pretty full! There is no need to exhaust yourself trying to appease the lie of not enough.
For years I exhausted myself trying to be enough. I compared myself to others, focused on my failures and always felt like I was lacking. But the day I asked God, “who am I to you?” He responded with, “Enough.” That day changed my life.
God began to reveal to me, through scriptures, exactly who I was in Him. I could have people share their positive opinions of me all day long, but when God spoke, truth was revealed and change happened in my life.
So the next time your identity comes under attack with the words, your not enough, ask God what He says about you. And remind yourself of the truth in Colossians 2, then stand on that promise!
Until next time, be blessed!
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