Guest Post- Day 6: Measuring Up

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Day 6: Measuring Up
Taken in part from Chapter 6
Food for thought: “When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” (2 Cor. 10:12 NIV)
When I started reading today’s devotion, I felt burdened. I’ve read every single comment that ya’ll have sent in, and so many of us (I’m not saying you because I’m right here with you) believe that we aren’t good enough. That we’ll never do enough, be a good enough wife or mother, or that we’ll ever do anything right. It is one thing knowing that I feel that way, after a while I guess I had gotten used to that accusing voice in the back of my head. However, when I read what your sweet hearts struggle with I got fighting mad with Satan.
This has been my prayer the past four years, because of my own struggles. God let me see me the way you see me. Help me to believe I am who you say I am, not who Satan wants to convince me I am. If we ever grab hold of our God given destiny, and trust God’s heart. Satan knows what kind of impact we will have on the kingdom of God. That is why he is relentless and determined to stop us.
Fight back, girls fight. Don’t just accept how you feel as truth. Above all things our heart is deceptive. I wish I could look each of you in the eye right now and tell you how valuable you are, that God doesn’t make mistakes and he created you. Who? Yes you, even with all the weird stuff you do or strange habits, or crazy hair that you don’t like. Whatever none of those things define you. It doesn’t matter if you are short or tall, big or small, red, purple green or white God did not make a mistake. When he created you, yes listen closely when he created you – he was proud of his handiwork and that has not changed. No matter what we do, it doesn’t change who we belong to.
I wish I could hug each one of you who doesn’t feel like you measure up. I would tell you that……..
    • If you are breathing you have something to offer. God is not finished with you yet, you are so special to him.
    • I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Jeremiah 29:11
    • You are enough just the way you are.
    • God isn’t waiting for you to be perfect.
    • We will disappoint people who love us, because we won’t always meet their expectations. That is okay, God didn’t create us to keep other people happy.
    • If you lost a job, or are waiting for a house to sell – nothing is too big for God. The state our economy is in did not take him by surprise. He is able. (Ephesians 3:20)
    • This one is for me too – Stop! Quit allowing the enemy of our soul access to our mind and heart. Kick his tail out. If we hear a negative thought, doubt, shame, insecurity, etc in your head it’s not God. Therefore, let’s commit to each other that instead of believing his truth lets expose it as a lie.

Just like on day 2 – It won’t happen just because it’s possible.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I need God the most I resist getting into the word. I know it will make me feel better, I know it will give me peace. Can you relate? After hearing how the 7-day Doubt Diet has resonated in so many hearts I am certain that God wants to use this time, this season to begin plowing up our minds. Out with the old, in with the new. We have but one choice to make, will we cooperate?

I pray for each of you that you won’t stop fighting, you won’t stop running after God until you receive what is yours – A Confident Heart.

Excerpt From Day 6 – A Message from Renee

Yet Satan wants us to focus on our flaws and feelings of inadequacy, then exhaust our energy figuring out how to hide them. But we don’t have to go along with his schemes. Instead we can recognize his lies, refute his temptations with truth, and focus on God’s acceptance, security, and significance. Then we can thank God for His provision and His promises that remind us of who we are in Him.

I am accepted . . .
Ephesians 1:3–8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
Colossians 1:13–14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 2:9–10 I am complete in Christ.

I am secure . . .
Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
Romans 8:31–39 I am free from condemnation. I cannot be separated from God’s love.
Philippians 1:6 I am confident God will complete the good work He started in me.

I am significant . . .
Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Doubt Diet Tip: When you’re tempted to use the measuring stick of comparison—be sure to measure UP by focusing upward on Christ, remembering who you are in HIM! “The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior (and beliefs) will begin to reflect your true identity!” *
© 2011 by Renee Swope with Revell Publishing. All rights reserved.
*Victory Over the Darkness, Dr. Neil T. Anderson (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1990), 48.
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