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Pastor Ben Koole : When Will I Be a Good Enough Christian?

Progress Not Perfection · 45:08 · Recorded November 7, 2021

When Will I Be a Good Enough Christian?

Am I A Good Enough Christian?

Doubting you are ‘good enough’ will keep you from receiving from the Lord.

*Exodus 3:10-11 * “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

Judges 6:14-15 Then the Lord himself said, “Gideon, you will be strong, because I am giving you the power to rescue Israel from the Midianites.” Gideon replied, “But how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest one in Manasseh, and everyone else in my family is more important than I am.”

Isaiah 6:5-6 Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

In Christ, you are “good enough” to never be condemned again.

Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

In Christ, you are ‘good enough’ to be a home for the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that gives us guarantees everything he has promised us.

1. At any time, you can enjoy God’s presence.

2. You can expect God to answer your prayers.

3. You can be led in power by the Holy Spirit.

Why Don’t I Feel Good Enough?

Perfectionism takes my eyes off Christ and His Church.

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

1. Perfectionism magnifies my failures.

2. Perfectionism puts the focus on my problems.

3. Perfectionism puts me in an earning mentality.

What Do I Do When I Feel Imperfect?

Confess your sin in view of the cross.

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Luke 7:47 “Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven-as her great loves has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Allow the Holy Spirit to set the pace.

Galatians 5:16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

Galatians 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Trust that God will finish what he started.

Philippians 1:6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

1 Corinthians 1:8-9 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; you were called by Him into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Talk it Over Questions
  • “Not guilty; let him go free.” What would those words mean to you if you were on death row? The fact is the whole human race is on death row, justly condemned for repeatedly breaking God’s holy law. Without Jesus we would have no hope at all. But thankfully, he has declared us not guilty and offered us freedom from sin and perfectionism!

  • What ways do you find yourself doubting that you are “Good Enough” for God? Memorize Philippians 1:6 this week to remind yourself that God will finish what he started with you!

  • Pastor Ben shared about Isaiah’s response of not being good enough from Isaiah 6:5-6. God saw something in Isaiah, and God sees that something in you too. What in your life causes you to doubt that you are ‘good enough’ for God?

  • Read James 5:16. Jesus made it possible for you to go directly to God for forgiveness. But confessing your sins to each other still has an important place in the life of the church. Is there a sin you are struggling with that you can confess to someone in your life? After confessing to God, do you doubt God’s forgiveness? If this is you, take steps this week to reach out to a fellow believer to confide in. They can help reassure you that you are forgiven.

  • In what ways can you combat feelings you may have of being imperfect? What is one practical way you can battle those feelings this week? What does the following passage, 1 Corinthians 1:8-9, tell us?

Parents: Talk with your children about how much Jesus loves them, values them, accepts them, and treasures them just as he designed them! Jesus loves everyone, despite their imperfections. Why? Because Jesus treasures us for who we are, imperfections included. Share that your child(ren) that we don’t have to act for others to fulfill a need within or to please people. Instead, we can be who God created us to be!

Talk it Over Questions
  • “Not guilty; let him go free.” What would those words mean to you if you were on death row? The fact is the whole human race is on death row, justly condemned for repeatedly breaking God’s holy law. Without Jesus we would have no hope at all. But thankfully, he has declared us not guilty and offered us freedom from sin and perfectionism!

  • What ways do you find yourself doubting that you are “Good Enough” for God? Memorize Philippians 1:6 this week to remind yourself that God will finish what he started with you!

  • Pastor Ben shared about Isaiah’s response of not being good enough from Isaiah 6:5-6. God saw something in Isaiah, and God sees that something in you too. What in your life causes you to doubt that you are ‘good enough’ for God?

  • Read James 5:16. Jesus made it possible for you to go directly to God for forgiveness. But confessing your sins to each other still has an important place in the life of the church. Is there a sin you are struggling with that you can confess to someone in your life? After confessing to God, do you doubt God’s forgiveness? If this is you, take steps this week to reach out to a fellow believer to confide in. They can help reassure you that you are forgiven.

  • In what ways can you combat feelings you may have of being imperfect? What is one practical way you can battle those feelings this week? What does the following passage, 1 Corinthians 1:8-9, tell us?

Parents: Talk with your children about how much Jesus loves them, values them, accepts them, and treasures them just as he designed them! Jesus loves everyone, despite their imperfections. Why? Because Jesus treasures us for who we are, imperfections included. Share that your child(ren) that we don’t have to act for others to fulfill a need within or to please people. Instead, we can be who God created us to be!

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