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My Life Verse
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3: 4-6 (ESV)
I believed that I was the only person who persistently struggled with a sense of inadequacy. I doubted my abilities and possibilities over and over again. The enemy seemed to delight in taunting me with self-doubt about anything I would undertake. But later when I was working as a Christian clinical counselor, I discovered most everyone who came to see me experienced that same struggle in one area or another. Even those who seemed to not struggle had evidences of those feelings of inadequacy underneath their bravado.
As I was studying Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians some years ago, I came to an abrupt stop when I arrived at 2 Corinthians 3:4-6. Paul was addressing the very issue. His words penetrated my heart and head as never before. I could finally 1) have a clear response to the enemy’s taunts coming straight from scripture; and 2) I could trust that the path He led me to pursue and the dreams He placed in my heart would have His adequacy in me to accomplish. I could not do them on my own and He had already planned for that.
Dear Lord, thank you for the abundance of your provision to meet every need in my life and to provide your adequacy in me to accomplish the call you have given me. I need not doubt or fear or rely on my own ability because you reside within me. Thank you for loving me so much that you thought of everything. You are my adequacy. Amen