Day 15 | More Than Enough
The “I am never doing enough” lie is one of the great enemies of joy and positivity. To go deeper in this, I am posting one of the devotional from my book, Possessing Joy that will speak into this even more.
Enemy of Joy: Never Enough
There is a message that the enemy of our souls repeatedly speaks. It has effectively drained life and joy out of multitudes. These are words that every Christian hears and must learn to overcome. What are these words? Is it a temptation to lie, hate someone, quit reading the Bible or cheat on our spouse? Even though we will hear things like these, he is speaking something even more damaging. It’s this: “You aren’t doing enough.”
I’m sure we have all heard things like this: “You haven’t prayed or fasted enough. You have not gone long enough without sin. You have not read your Bible enough. You have not forgiven enough. You have not loved your family enough. You have not been consistent enough. You are not sorry enough.” Certainly we have spiritual responsibilities; but if we live in the “never enough” mentality, we have embraced a “works of the law” theology that will actually cut off our flow of grace.
“You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we, through the Spirit, eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love” (Gal. 5:4-6).
In Galatians 5, Paul makes it clear that a works mentality is not only wrong, but causes us to “fall from grace” (to leave the high place of God’s empowerment). This disconnection does not occur because we aren’t doing enough, but because we have been deceived about what moves the hand of God. It is not doing more that “avails much”, but it is “faith working through love.” Our focus in life cannot be on trying to do more to win God’s approval, but it needs to be in building a relationship with Him through Jesus so that we trust His goodness (and we realize that Jesus has already done enough).
Our joy is ignited when we have a revelation of what “It is finished” meant (when Jesus spoke this on the cross in John 19:30). Truly, we will enter into a powerful rest when we have “ceased from our own works” (Hebrews 4:10). We may not completely understand what that means (or how to do it), but we can start by answering the “never enough” lie with “Jesus has done enough and I am putting my trust in that today!” Declare: Jesus has done enough! I rejoice exceedingly in that truth today.
And let’s laugh at this lie - “I am never doing enough or good enough for God.” HAHAHA!!!
Bless you today,
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(2 Corinthians 9:8)
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