Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
2 Corinthians 3:4-5
There are a lot of things that I cannot do on my own. I mess things up. I start badly. I finish poorly. I complain and whine. I’m selfish and ungrateful. I’m human. Yeah, I can’t do it on my own. But hey, guess what? I don’t have to.
It’s like I want to vacation in Bermuda. Okay, swim there. Well, I can’t do that. Well, I don’t have to. They’ve made a way for me to there without having to swim there.
I don’t need to fret and worry about what I can’t do when God’s taken care of doing those things for me.
Now, I still have to buy a ticket, get to the boat, and board. They aren’t going to do that for me. I need to do what I know is right and good. I can’t slough off and be lazy all the while expecting God to do everything for me. That’s not the right attitude.
You don’t have to be totally and completely overwhelmed by all the things you can’t do or be. God does have you in his hand and he is working in the details. Trust him to be sufficient for you. “Our competence comes from God.”
Last year I struggled with fear and anxiety. Most of this was stemming from a belief deep down that I wasn’t good enough. I couldn’t do things right. I wouldn’t be able to make things work out in my life the way I thought I could. I replaced the truths I knew and believed, with these unfounded and absurd lies about myself. I didn’t think I doubted God and his ability to do anything, but my thoughts said otherwise. I realized I needed to change. To get the devil’s lies out of my head. I read a book entitled Fearless by Sadie Robertson. I highly recommend you go and buy this book if you struggle with fears, doubts, insecurities, etc. God used this book to greatly change my life last summer.
I did various google searches and created a list of verses that spoke truth into the areas I needed help in. I found verses that reminded me that I didn’t have to do it all on my own, and frankly, I couldn’t. So I needed to stop trying as if though I could. I found verses that told me God had created me special and made me for a purpose. That God had a plan and, even though we don’t always know what it is, that’s okay. He is still going to take care of us. He isn’t going to bring us this far to say “welp, this is where I have to go. Good luck” No, he’s going to be with us every step of the way encouraging us and reminding us of the truth.
I want to share all of these verses with you now and then moving forward I want to go through each verse with you. I want to give you my thoughts and what the Lord impressed upon my heart. If you have similar situations you’ve gone through and verses that have helped you, please share them!
- 2 Corinthians 3:4-5
- John 15:5
- 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
- Ephesians 2:8
- Philippians 4:13
- Ephesians 2:10
- 1 Peter 2:9
- Ephesians 3:20
- 1 John 3:1
- Genesis 1:27
- Psalm 139:13-16
- Romans 8:38-39
- Exodus 3:11-12a
- Matthew 11:28
- Psalm 16:5
- Hebrews 4:16
Watch for the first post about the first verse, 2 Corinthians 3:4-5, to come out shortly! I pray these verses and my thoughts are helpful and beneficial to you as much as they were to me. Feel free to share with me any thoughts!