Summary: Understanding how valuable we are in the eyes of God
As we have lived daily, we have chased money or power or love, yet even in pursuing those things, they are just symptoms of our never-ending search for one thing- AM I ENOUGH? Have you ever pondered in your thoughts that I am worthy and deserving, and does my life serve a purpose? After carefully asking myself the same questions, this message spoke volumes to my heart. There have been moments when I question whether I matter in this life. Church, Joyce Meyers wrote the book - Battlefield of the Mind. This book teaches you how every decision we make, our words, and our actions begin in our minds. Therefore, God spoke to my soul and stated I created you to play your instrument in my Symphony and compose your story. At that moment, I understood that my intimate relationship with God has so much more value. So Monumental, allow this message to speak to your hearts that YOU ARE ENOUGH!
Life, as we all know, is harsh some days and even cruel in this world. And as we strive through this life journey, we all wonder if we matter. We must come to understand that God knows our story. We are valuable to our God because He created each of us for his Symphony. We all are a part of his master plan. As clearly stated in Genesis 1:27, God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself, male and female, he created them. Each of us plays a unique instrument in God’s creation. Nicky Gumbel stated it best in his quote, “Don’t undervalue yourself; God loves you. Your worth is what you are worth to God. Jesus Died for you. Therefore, YOU are created in infinite value.” Church, allow me a moment this morning to expound on three key points to answer the text question: ARE YOU ENOUGH?
1. Do not undervalue your Worth – You are Enough
2. Let go of anxieties and Be Content – You are Enough
3. Let God’s Character Preach your Worth – You are Enough - Psalms 113:1-4
Allow these three points to saturate your thoughts this morning to evaluate how we view ourselves in good and bad times. How many of us can be honest this morning about judging ourselves hard because of a decision that did not turn out as planned? Let me be the first to admit I have done so in my life; judge hard and question why I decided to do that. First of all, that is our carnal thoughts attempting to overtake our spiritual thoughts. Let us look at many in the bible that God used many individuals for his purpose regardless of their flaws. There is a book, “Lord Change My Attitude Before It’s Too Late.” The author opens in the introduction, “READY FOR PROMISE LAND LIVING? This means life is in the wilderness, and it is time for a change!
At this point, we must learn that We Are Enough and that we are worthy of God’s Love in our lives. Let me define the word Undervalued - if someone is undervalued, people think they are less able, skillful, or important than they are. How many of us here today have had that same feeling about ourselves? Be honest about those feelings and thoughts because they can place you in depression, brokenness, anxiety, and even bitterness. How often have we made the mistake of pointing the finger and stating I am not good enough for this or that? And we have even been guilty of doing the same to others. But we must all understand that we are all broken people and need Jesus. Let us look at how this passage starts:
O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether
Allow me a moment to return to the old church with an old Gospel Song, “Search Me, Lord,” Composed by Thomas A. Dorsey:
Search Me Lord; Turn the light from heaven
On my soul, If you find anything that shouldn't be
Take it out And straighten me
I wanna be right, I wanna be saved, I've got to be whole
These lyrics express the need for God to cleanse from any impurities deep within our souls by the statement - “I’ve Got to be Whole,” emphasizing the topic YOU ARE ENOUGH! Therefore, we must lose ourselves to find ourselves in Christ Jesus. Let me expound on precisely what it means. We all live hectic lives today, and when we allow life's obligations, such as family, work, bills, and so forth, we tend to lose sight of our relationship with God.