Do you ever feel like you hit a slump?
Sometimes in our daily lives, God tests us with challenges. In the past 2 weeks, I have felt not only like I am questioning my major, but that most of my peers are exceeding me in extra curricular/ resume builder activities. This normally wouldn't bother me, but since Junior year is coming and life is fast approaching, I felt like I haven't been good enough.
The good news is that I am. I am good enough. I am perfect in my Lord's eyes! I looked to the scriptures in search of encouragement and proof of God's love and acceptance.
2 Corinthians 3:5-6
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
* All believers struggle with feelings of inadequacy, but they should not doubt God. He alone qualifies his people for Christian service. Their power comes from above.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, o Lord endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
* To perfect means God is using an experience "to mature or strengthen or complete" His servant. Pressures help to eliminate the unimportant things that separate believers from fellowship with God. In the midst of their troubles, God remakes and renews them.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
* Branches cannot bear fruit independent of the vine. Therefore, one must abide in Him.
Out of the Lord's mercy, we are given eternal life.
Only through Christ:
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the spirit.
* For those who walk with God and by the spirit, there is no condemnation!
How God sees me:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
* Study notes taken from the NKJ Jeremiah Study Bible
Watch this video about eternity. What a great illustration by Francis Chan.
What intrigues me after watching this is what people and I worry about.
Will it matter in eternity if I was accepted into the University's membership clubs I wanted? or if I had more than 11 "likes" on Instagram?
What will matter, is eternity and being able to spend forever and ever with my Lord who died for my sins on the cross.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of god is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
I urge you to now understand that you are good enough. What you do on this earth is insignificant compared to eternity. When you are feeling down, God is there with you.
Until next time,