This post is all about feeling like you’re not good enough for God.
It’s not uncommon to have the feeling that you’re not good enough for God as a Christian. This is something that so many of us face, and the good news is, you can certainly overcome it!
The truth is that God doesn’t need you to perfect yourself or become sinless before turning to Him (this is a lie I believed for far too long!) The whole reason God sent Jesus to die for our sins (John 3:16) is because He knew that we would never be perfect.
However Christ IS perfect and His grace is sufficient for you!
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Feeling Not Good Enough for God
Am I not good enough for Jesus?
The wonderful thing about following Jesus is that He wants you regardless of where you’re currently at! All throughout scripture, we see Jesus loving, healing, praying with, and teaching all kinds of people; people who were seen as “good” in their society, as well as prostitutes, tax collectors, adulterers, and all other kinds of sinners.
Jesus does not care if you are “good” enough. He simply wants your heart! And as you follow Him, HE will change your heart, remove sin, and purify your motives.
Does God think I am good enough?
As Christians, we are certainly called to turn from sin and do all we can (through the empowering of the Holy Spirit) to be more like Christ.
However, because God knew that we would still miss the mark, He sent His son, Jesus, to doe for our sins.
What this means is that when Jesus was crucified on the cross, He stood in the place of our sins. He nailed our sins to the cross and took up the punishment for them, so that we wouldn’t have to.
Jesus would not have done this if He expected us to be perfect or sinless.
What do you do when you feel unworthy with God?
If you’re not feeling good enough for God, first, spend some time alone with the Lord in a quiet place and ask Him to search your heart.
“Search me,God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
— Psalm 139:23-24
Be open to anything the Lord wants to share with you. There may be sins He is convicting you over (which could be why you’re feeling shame.) Listen closely and see if He lays anything on your heart.
Next, repent of any sins brought to mind. Ask for forgiveness and thank God for forgiving you!
After this, be reminded of the verses in the next section that show us God loves and accepts us for who we are. In fact, He made us who we are and loves us for that!
What does God say about not feeling good enough?
The Truth is… There aren’t any Bible verses about not being good enough for God, because you are enough for Him! The verses below speak to that and will help you understand who He truly says you are.
“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” — 2 Corinthians 3:5
This verse assures us that, in Christ, we are sufficient!
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” — John 15:5
This scripture is the perfect reminder that when we reside in God, He will make us to bear much fruit! It doesn’t say “whoever abides in me and is sinless or perfect”… Nope. It simply says “whoever abides in me!”
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” — 2 Corinthians 12:9
God’s grace is enough for us. It covers all of our sins and mistakes. And even in our weaknesses, God gets to show His strength!
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” — 2 Corinthians 5:21
This verse is such a beautiful reminder that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” — Romans 8:1
Any time that you feel condemned or have thoughts like “why do I not feel good enough for God,” you can remember that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus!
What is the root of feeling unworthy?
Not feeling good enough for God can root from several things:
- Trauma from your past (abuse, someone causing you to feel unloved or unloveable)
- Having a skewed view of God and His love. — Many people often, even unknowingly, equate God to their earthly fathers. For example, if you never felt good enough for your earthly dad, you could portray the same feeling toward God.
- Not having a strong understanding of your identity in Christ
- Believing lies of the enemy that he is using to try and steal your joy.
Bible study on not feeling good enough
There are several bible studies and Christian books that can help you understand what God says about not feeling good enough, as well as overcome the fear of not being good enough for God.
1. Forgiving What You Can’t Forget
If the root of your feeling of unworthiness stems from not being able to forgive yourself or something in your past, this is the book for you.
Through this life-changing read, Lysa Terkeaurst will help you discover how to move on, make peace with painful memories, and create a life that’s beautiful again!
2. So Long Insecurity
Best-selling author Beth Moore will help you overcome the insecurities that are keeping you from believing you are enough for God. She does a fantastic job of teaching you what God’s Truth really says about you and gives you practical steps for walking in the freedom of security in Christ!
3. A Few Words on Your Identity in Christ: A 125 Day Discovery of Your Truest Self
One of the causes of not feeling good enough for God could be that you’re just not quite yet firm in your identity in Christ and who God says you are. This 125-Day guide will teach you who you truly are in Christ!
This post was all about feeling like you’re not good enough for God.
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