Copy of I am..ENOUGH| Week 2: No Additives
THE FIRST LIE
The first lie was believed by man and it was not that God didn’t love them, nor was it that God was selfish. No. The lie was that we humans were lacking something, that we were not enough as God has created us and we needed to become “more”.
Humanity is God’s masterpiece. Of all creation, humanity, the only beings shaped in God’s image, He called “very good”. God gave humanity perfection at creation and, if you think about it, they had plenty to eat, perfect weather, lots of places to explore, no traffic, pollution, or overcrowding, sickness, or bills, they worked for leisure, they hung out with animals and more importantly could talk with God face to face every evening. They themselves were perfect because God made them that way. They were Enough.
That one lie made humanity think they were not good enough and because of that, they disobeyed God. The real sin is not that man disobeyed God (that was a symptom) nor were they punished for seeking knowledge. The real sin was that man decided to add “something” to what God had already called perfect. For the next several thousand generations man has had to live with that lie “I am not enough.”
BUT Jesus came to counteract that lie with the Truth: that we have always been enough. If we were not “enough” then God would not have wasted his time, effort and suffering on saving humanity. It would have been much easier to make Humans 2.0.- “now with more obedience”. But how could He, the perfect creator, create anyone more perfect that you?
Read and underline the verses on below in your Bible. Write any verses that jump out at you on some paper or a journal, so you don’t forget them.
Read and underline the verses on the following page in your Bible.
Deuteronomy 33:12 (NIV)
“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”
John 15:5 (NLT)
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
Psalm 16:5-11 (GNT)
5 You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands. 6 How wonderful are your gifts to me; how good they are! 7 I praise the Lord, because he guides me, and in the night my conscience warns me. 8 I am always aware of the Lord's presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me.
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
How does it make you feel knowing that God is your strength?
Were there any words that jumped out at you from the scriptures you read?
What would change if you fully relied on God’s strength?
Take a few moments to reflect and thank God giving you His strength.
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