If you feel inadequate…

Do you ever feel inadequate to do ministry? To tell others about your faith? To share the gospel or encourage others in their walk with the Lord? I think we all struggle with this on some level. I know I do. For example, tomorrow night I am speaking to a group and my hands are already clammy — my tummy beginning to turn. It is so tempting to feel under qualified when moving closer to the time of an event.

If you are in ministry (of any kind), you know what I mean.

If you are a Bible study leader, you know what I mean.

If you are a Sunday school teacher, you know what I mean.

If you are a pastor, you know what I mean.

If you teach preschool, you know what I mean.

If you need to share with a friend about Jesus, you know what I mean.

If you are the only Christian in your home, you know what I mean.

Any time the Lord puts me in a position to speak, share, teach or even write this crazy lil’ blog, the enemy wants me to feel quite silly about it.

Well this morning I am combating those lies with Truth. I encourage myself with the following Scriptures often. I thought you might enjoy them, too. Read them out loud. Claim them over your own life. Here you go

That in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge – even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Chris. 1 Cor. 1:5-7

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison, that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Colossians 4:2-4

So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. May frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, everyone of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:14-17

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…Ephesians 1:17-20

Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things…in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. According to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith… Ephesians 3 (the whole thing)

A great door of effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me. 1 Cor 16:9

For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 2 Cor 16:9

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us. 2 Cor 1:21

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3

Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! Psalm 34:9

These are all true of you, Child of God. YOU have the mind of Christ. YOU have no lack. YOU need not be ashamed. YOU have been called to His own Glory. YOU are enriched in all speech and knowledge. YOU have a Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. YOU stand firm in Christ. YOU are anointed. He has opened a door for YOU. He will accomplish His Word through YOU. He saw YOU being formed in the secret place. He ordained this day for YOU. He has given YOU power and all things that pertain to life and godliness.

YOU have no lack!

Hallelujah. Be blessed today! And for goodness sake, let us walk victoriously in these truths! Whoo hoo!

Do you have Scripture that speaks to you? Please share with all of us by leaving a comment.

And if you have someone who needs these passages today…forward it on.

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One thought on “If you feel inadequate…

  1. This one is great for a lot of situations, "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, whose thoughts are fixed on You!" (Isaiah 26:3)Thanks for another encouraging post, Becky!

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