You will never be good enough.
You are a failure...as a wife, a homemaker, a daughter, a sister, a friend.
You are miserable. You are pathetic. You are weak.
You don't deserve any good thing. You don't deserve to be loved.
These are the lies Satan tells me.
These are the words that sometimes fill my head.
This is how Satan gets past the truth.
This is how he twists reality.
Yes, I am a sinner...
but I am also a child of God, saved by the grace of Jesus Christ.
No, I will never be good enough--on my own--
but that's why Jesus was good enough--PERFECT--in my place.
So that I wouldn't have to be.
No, I can't do everything right--by myself--
but that's why the Holy Spirit lives in my heart.
So He can help me live a life that honors God.
Yes, I will mess up. A lot.
But I am forgiven because of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose again
so that I could have eternal life.
No one is perfect. No one can, on their own power, live a life that pleases God.
That's why we need Jesus.
That's why God sent Jesus, his only Son, into our sinful world--
to save us from Satan, from sin, from death, and from our own sinful natures.
Now, because of Christ, we are new creations. We are pure, holy, redeemed.
And we have the promise of eternal life.
Jesus said to the people who did not believe in him,
"You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lied, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." -John 8:44Jesus said to those who did believe in him,
"If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." -John 8:31-32Later, Jesus said to his disciples,
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." -John 14:6Satan is the father of lies. Jesus is the Truth.
Who shall I believe?
Who will you believe?
(Growing up, I had an old portable tape player on which I listened to cassette tapes--I'm just old enough to have not heard of CD's when I was really little. My favorite tape was an old "Best of Amy Grant," and this was my favorite song on it. That tape is so worn-out now that it hardly plays properly--but the song is as great now as it was then. Also of note is the pianist in this video. Do you recognize him? It's a very young Michael W. Smith!)