Midweek Push: God is Enough

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Hey Friends!

We would like to introduce you to our friend and sister in Christ, Gyquetta Jackson. She is a devoted wife, mother, and servant of Christ.  She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and sharing God's Word.

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He is the same, yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

God is Enough, Yesterday, Today and Forever

Not so long ago, I was conducting research for a travel assignment for Virtuous Magazine. I had been stretching and striving to use every ounce of my life’s experience in service unto the Lord.

En route to my destination, I stopped in for a short visit with my beloved Aunt Bern.  During our visit, I was excited to share my aspirations with my mother’s eldest sister, and she listened patiently as I rambled on and on about one endeavor after another. When I finally paused for air, she took my hand tenderly in hers, looked intently into the windows of my soul, smiled that magnanimous smile of hers and tenderly said, “Child, you don’t have to jump over the pecan tree.”

I must have appeared confused, for then she continued…she reached over and held my face in her hands, and said, “You are Precious.” “Do you know how precious you are? You are a child of God – do you hear me?”
 
Cease Striving and know that I am God” (Isaiah 40:6)

I nodded, “Yes, ma’am,” but it would be several months later before I even began to process the gravity of her words. Even now, I am still digesting her meaning, but I believe she was trying to tell me that I don’t have to stress and strive to prove my worth, that just because I am the child of “The I AM,” that I am enough.

God is El-Shaddai, God Almighty–the God who is more than enough” (Exodus 6:3)

I know that I am not the first to feel inadequate for the task of service unto the Lord. Saints have been feeling inadequate to the calling of the Lord since the first century. Moses felt unworthy, Gideon sought confirmation of God’s will, and David taught us how to lean on the strength of the Lord.

Wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24)

I am also not the first to be humbled at the notion that God would call me His child, that He would call me by His name, that I should be called a saint, even that I should be called into His service at all.

I love our brother Paul. I love his plain-spoken acknowledgment of his own personal inadequacy. He openly shares his imperfections and frailty with us in his oft quoted admission: “I am chief among sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).

but I would rather glory in my weakness, for in my weakness His power is made manifest…

But Paul doesn’t stop there. He goes on to encourage us to have boldness and confidence in our service to Christ in spite of our imperfections. By inspiration, he teaches us to glory in our weaknesses, to acknowledge our imperfections, and to serve Him anyway.

I have not yet arrived.  But this one thing I do, forgetting that which is behind, stretching forward to that which is ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:12-14)

When SWAP first invited me to offer a word of encouragement for this Wednesday’s Mid-week Push, I was thrilled at the opportunity. In fact I scripted one article and then another, and yet another. It seemed that God had given me so much joy to share with you, but at the same time that He was
working through me, He was also working on me.

Who is man that you should consider him?” (Psalm 144:3)

After draft number four, I began to wonder whether or not offering my service to SWAP was the best idea after all. I began to question my worthiness to speak to you and doubts about my qualification crept in; what did I have to offer to a group of sisters who are strong in the Lord? Like Moses, I felt inadequate to the task; like David, I wondered, “who am I that the Lord should consider me?” I feared that my offering may not be good enough; that I was not good enough.

ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free” (John 8:32)

At the eleventh hour, Truth dawned – it was never about me in the first place.  It doesn’t matter whether or not I am ‘good enough’ because God is enough. My faults and failures, past sins and shame no longer matter because I am hidden in Christ Jesus. It is Christ who created me and sustains me. Now, I know for sure, that if there be any encouraging word, it will never be because of my own strength, talent or ability rather because God’s magnificent grace is sufficient for me.

…And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things at all times, having all that you need you will abound in every good work…” (2 Corinthians 9:8)

My aunt Bern was right that day. I am precious, I don’t have to accomplish magnificent feats or earn my place in this world. It is acceptable for me to be here occupying space, taking in the fresh air, observing the beauty of the Lord and sharing in the inheritance of Christ.

Sisters, the message that I offer to you today is that you are acceptable – you are good enough because God’s Power in us and through us, makes us and our efforts to His glory enough.

Sisters, I want to encourage you today, to place your confidence and your trust in the Lord. Our strength and success is not in our sense of fashion nor style of hair; the secret is neither in our intellectual prowess nor our incredible talents which may be heralded by the world (amazing though they are). Our security is neither measured by our bank accounts nor our dress size rather it can be measured by the degree of our faith in Christ Jesus. Sisters, we can be confident in our adequacy not so much because of who we are nor what we’ve done, rather because of who we belong to and what He has done.

As we progress through this week and even throughout this life, let us carry these seven truths hidden securely in our hearts, that we may be encouraged to continue in well-doing, to serve the Lord with joy and with boldness, having the confidence that God has always been enough and will forevermore be
enough for you and me:

1. God is enough for what we are facing right now. Jesus taught us to take one day at a time: “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11), “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). “The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift – that is why it is called…the present.” God does not want us to live in state of regret about our past nor fear of our future. God is not the lord of “I was,” nor is He the lord of “I will be.” The God we serve is the Lord of right now: “I AM THAT I AM, Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you” (Exodus 3:14).

2. God’s grace is enough. “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). We often proclaim ‘The Matchless Grace Of Jesus’ to one another as we give praises unto the Lord.  I love that hymn because it reminds me that the power of God is far greater than all my needs. “But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory” (Philippians 4:19).

3. God is enough because His Love never fails. His Love is Powerful and so far reaching that it spans to the lowest depths and the greatest heights; His Love is timeless and spans the centuries encompassing our past, present, and future. “nothing shall ever separate me from the Love of my God…” (Romans 8:38-39).

4. God is enough because He is secure. You and I don’t have to worry about defending ourselves or whether or not we are protected. We do not have to prove our own righteousness because He is righteous. We offer our service and souls to Him; we faithfully defend His Honor and confess our Hope before men, and He takes care of the rest for He is our rock, “He is our refuge, he is our fortress,” He is our strong city (Psalm 91:2).

5. God is enough because His Promises are Faithful. “His mercies are new every morning. Great is Thy Faithfulness. The Lord is my portion says my soul, therefore I will trust in Him” (Lamentations 3:23-24). “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3). “For no matter how many promises God has made they are “yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the Glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

6. God is enough because He is an infinite Source of Strength.  You may remember the Energizer commercials and the advertisement’s promise that Energizer batteries, like that little pink bunny “just keep going and going and going…”™ You see at some point even those energizers are going to run down – they will need to become re-energized but God’s power outlasts yours, mine, and the energizer bunny’s. “Trust ye in the Lord Forever: For the Lord Jehovah is everlasting Strength” (Isaiah 26:4).

7. God is enough because he is eternal.  “He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last,  the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 22:13), “He is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).


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4 comments

  1. Amen! I have mo words! Just amen! God is surely enough!!

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  2. Greetings sisters in Christ

    Thank you Gyquetta for sharing such a strong, powerful and encouraging story, journey with our savior. Thank u S.W.A.P. Sisters for all that u do..

    God is good all the time

    Michelle

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  3. Amen, Sister Jackson! Nicely written and delivered.

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  4. Ladies thank you for my mid week push....this is so POWERFUL.

    Ladies I have a few favorite parts of this message. One of my favorite parts is when Sis Jackson tells us we are acceptable, and we are good enough because of God's power in us and through us. Sis Jackson also encouraged me to place my confidence and trust in the Lord. She also emphasizes our strength and success does not come in fashion or style. Another point she brings out is, it doesn't matter the size of your bank acct, or dress size, our security is measured by the degree of our faith in Jesus Christ. I also loved how she pointed out the seven truths that is hidden in my heart. The first one really stuck with me. I'll explain what the truths mean to me below:

    1. God is enough for what we are facing right now. She says don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will take of itself
    2. Gods grace is enough. If it had not been for his grace, where would I be.
    3. God is enough because his love never fails. To me this means God loves children and he has the Greatest Love of all time.
    4. God is enough because he is secure. God is my protector at all times. I don't have to worry about defending myself.
    5. God is enough because his Promises are faithful. He never breaks his promises. My favorite hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness. Wow what a powerful hymn.
    6. God is enough because he is an infinite Source Of Strength. When I'm Down he will pick me up.
    7. God is enough because he is eternal. My God is my Alpha and Omega. My God is the same yesterday and today.

    Ladies, I didn't mean to be long winded but it was hard for me to point out just one favorite part. I love the theme is God Enough...

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