THE STRUGGLE IS REAL
I want you to take a moment for self-reflection. Take a moment and dig deep into your most inner self and consider how many times that you are really unkind to yourself, relentlessly comparing yourself to others. Consider that in spite of how many times that you have heard you are loved you are convinced that that is not possible. That somehow you just don’t meet the criteria to be loved by anyone. We find our inner thoughts searching for evidence that we don’t stack up, that we are not living to our full potential, that we are just “not good enough.”
- I am not good enough
- I am not kind enough
- I am not loving enough
- I am the worst mom ever
- I am the worst friend ever
- I am the worst sibling ever
- I am the worst child ever
- Nobody could possibly like me because I am always sad
- I am always angry
- I am a terrible Christian.
- People would be so disgusted if they saw my heart.
We find that our thoughts are filled with negative self-chatter. These thoughts are often all consuming affecting our ability to function in our normal lives. We find that we are stuck in a relentless circle of negative self-talk and cannot get off of the self-loathing merry-go-round of insecurities and feelings of not being “good enough.’ Is this you?
Take heart there is HOPE!
The struggle is real. The struggle is a spiritual battle not an earthly character flaw.
IT IS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE
Make no mistake about it my friends, insecurities are a spiritual battle. Insecurities are Satan sitting on our shoulder and whispering “sweet nothings” into our thoughts creating self-doubt and spiritual weakness. It is when we are feeling most vulnerable mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually that we must remember God’s clear command for us. He tells us, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) We are not alone in our battles against the evil one and his venomous infiltration into our lives.
Each day we must mindfully battle against Satan and his attacks on our spiritual health. Each day we must put on the whole armor of God. The Armor of God, described by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians is our spiritual defense against attacks by Satan.
THE ARMOR OF GOD
(Zavada, Jack. “The Armor of God.” ThoughtCo, Jul. 28, 2017, thoughtco.com/the-armor-of-god-701508)
Belt of Truth
The belt of truth holds up your spiritual pants so that you are protected against the attacks of Satan and his lies. We expose the lies of Satan by comparing them to the truth of what God tells us in the Bible. Deception is one of Satan’s oldest tactics. Satan whispers into our thoughts doubts, creating self-doubt and spiritual weakness. The belt of truth places God’s word at the center of discernment protecting us from the lies of Satan.
Breastplate of Righteousness
Our heart is susceptible to the wickedness of this world but our protection is our righteousness that comes from Jesus. We cannot become righteous through our own good works. Let your Christ given righteousness cover you and protect and strengthen your heart.
Shield of Faith
Our shield of faith guards us against one of Satan’s deadliest weapons, doubt. Satan shoots arrows of doubt when God does not act immediately or visibly. Our shield holds because of the One our faith is in, Jesus Christ.
Gospel of Peace
Satan scatters traps for us; the gospel of Peace is our protection, reminding us that it is by Grace that souls are saved. The gospel of our salvation through Christ brings us peace.
Helmet of Salvation
We are free from vain searching, free from meaningless temptations of this world, and free from the condemnation of sin. The Helmet of Salvation to protect our thoughts and minds is crucial piece of armor
Sword of the Spirit
The Sword of the Spirit is our offense. This is God’s Word. We can use it to strike against Satan. When we are tempted by Satan’s lies we are able to counter his lies with the truth of Scripture. The Bible is our best defense.
The Power of Prayer
Keep that line of communication open with your Commander. Satan hates it when we pray.
It is by donning God’s armor that we find our strength each day. We fight each battle as it arises and take each challenging moment one moment at a time.
Remember that the “not good enough feeling” is not a feeling at all, it is a view point. That’s right it is not a feeling. It is a point of view, a way of considering a matter. Christ has deemed us worthy through His death on the Cross. His Grace supplies us with a Holy view point, one filled with love and forgiveness. Christ has changed our view point from condemnation; both eternal condemnation and condemnation of self to one of victory. It is by placing Christ at the center we are able to rejoice in knowing our view point is one of victory over both eternal condemnation and over self-condemnation.
Be strong and courageous in your battle against insecurities and self-doubt. The struggle is real. Die to self, give up sinful ways, habits, thoughts, actions and put on the whole Armor of God. Put on God’s armor and ready yourself for the fight against Satan’s negative chatter. When Satan whispers “you are not good enough” You scream at the top of your lungs “You are wrong Satan. You are wrong! Be gone with you. My Jesus has changed my point of view from condemnation to victory.”
I pray that God provide you with through His word the strength to face each day, each moment, each challenge with the view point of victory and strength.
Blessings my friends,