by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday March 15, 2006
Turning Inadequacy into Victory
Throughout our lives, a sense of insufficiency will crop up, but we have the power to combat the feeling through the Holy Spirit. Like the many insufficient but willing saints who have gone before us — Moses, Paul, Oswald Chambers, Billy Graham, and more — we can turn inadequacy into victory.
First, acknowledge your weakness. Suppose a neighbor walks across the yard and tells you about his sister’s life-threatening illness. He is upset and scared, wondering what comes after death. You clearly sense God speaking in your heart, urging you to explain His saving grace to the man, but inadequacy nearly drowns Him out. Feeling unsure is a normal human reaction, and following God’s directive requires that we acknowledge our fear: “Lord, I don’t feel capable of witnessing to my neighbor.”
Second, pray for strength. “Father, I know this is what You want me to do, so I am trusting You to be true to Your Word. You said You would make me adequate in Christ Jesus.” The Lord assumes responsibility for enabling you to know what to say, how to say it, and the spirit in which to deliver His message.
Finally, step out in faith. Do something that propels you into the God-given opportunity, allowing Him to prove His power and your adequacy when you rely upon Him.
Let the Lord turn your inadequacy into victory — He delights in proving Himself in our lives. The key is to look beyond our limitations to Jesus Christ’s total sufficiency. Only then can we live joyful and confident lives, even when we are painfully aware of our personal shortcomings.
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