THE SPIRIT OF PERFECTIONISM August 20, 2015

Sometimes as Christians we can get very negative opinions about ourselves.

We look at other Christians who seem to be God’s gift of evangelism, music, or hospitality and we play the compare game.

I know a lot of Pastors and Bible teachers who over analyze themselves to the point of self-accusation.  We listen to that voice that says, “Why did I say that? or “I am not qualified”.

As Christians we need to be very aware that Satan is the accuser and we are his targets. So what if we aren’t always perfect. We were not meant to be. GOD IS PERFECT…WE ARE NOT! Knowing this can be a big relief and a big responsibility. We don’t have to go around beating ourselves up because we messed up a conversation or missed an opportunity.

Yes God will teach us through experiences but He is not the accuser, Satan is. We need to check and see whose side we are on. God convicts and Satan accuses. There is a big difference. Our responsibility is to say, “yes” to God when He encourages us and give Him full credit, and say, “no” to Satan who wants to chew us up and spit us out.

2 Cor. 4:14-15We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 15 All of this is for your benefit.   And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

By:  Pastor Daniel Leavitt