My guest bathroom is a mess. About a year ago, a little section of paint started peeling. One child (no one will admit to it) pulled at the little bubble. And pulled. And pulled. Soon, a big section of drywall with rough brush strokes of the original yellow glared at us. We scraped and peeled until forty years of paint came loose. This, combined with the ugly vanity, the cabinet door that hangs awkwardly from its hinges, and the linen closet without a door, makes our hall bathroom quite the eyesore.
The bathroom needs a facelift. I stand in the middle of the mess completely overwhelmed and uninspired. I think to myself, “I do not have the skills or the tools necessary to pull this off.” And I am mostly right. I don’t know how to refinish a cabinet or replace a faucet. I know how to paint walls, but these walls need a good bit of preparation before I add a coat of Colonial Gray. Install a closet door? No thank you.
I know it can be done. Entire channels are dedicated to the craft of home makeovers. I watched the transformation in my own home when we paid a contractor to re-do our master bath. This time, however, our budget demands a DIY approach. We have resources which include YouTube tutorials, countless trips to the home improvement store (because you never get it all on the first trip), and time. I know all of this in my head, but I can’t muster the courage to start.
My bathroom issues translate into my spiritual life. I read God’s promises, hear His call, and say to myself, “I do not have the skills or tools necessary to pull this off.” And I am mostly right. While I possess gifts, talents, and passions, unbelief holds me back from the fruit of powerful faith and full obedience.
My unbelief originates from the lies I believe.
- No one wants to hear (or read) what I have to say.
- I am not enough.
- I do not have what it takes.
As these lies take root, doubt begins to grow.
- No one will read this. I am wasting my time.
- People are tired of hearing me.
- I will never finish my to-do list.
- I’ve taken on too much. I can’t do it all.
The lies and the doubt join forces to create a monstrous level of unbelief. My faith isn’t big enough to follow God to the unknown. The primary reason my faith falters? My faith is in my ability.
The reasons I can’t are all about me–my skills, ability, discipline, power.
The truth is, I am not enough, but my Jesus is.
I am rendered ineffective when I believe I have what it takes—when my eyes focus on my own abilities. Believing it is all up to me is the original lie. It worked for Eve: “you will be like God” (Gen. 3:5). She saw independence, knowledge, power. But even after eating the fruit, she wasn’t enough. Away from the Garden, separated from God, she was incomplete. “Enough” was found in total dependence on and close fellowship with God.
What truths can I remember in order to combat the lies that I (alone) am enough?
- Christ is enough. (2 Cor. 12:9)
- God is all powerful. (Eph. 1:19)
- In Him, I am complete. (Col. 2:10)
- I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13)
- All of God’s promises are fulfilled because of Him, not me. (Deut. 7:9)
We can walk in faith and obedience, but not solely our own strength and abilities. A powerful faith is a faith in our powerful God. Full obedience is possible when we rely on the strength of Christ within us.
Take on that thing in front of you that feels so overwhelming, but don’t depend on your own abilities. Turn to the resources available to you.
- The promises found in God’s Word.
- Direction through prayer.
- Encouragement from God’s people.
- The rest found in relying on His strength.
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