Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

So far so good! (2)

Before I formed you…I…approved of you.

Jeremiah 1:5 AMP
Spiritually speaking, you’re probably not as far along the road as you’d like to be; but thank God you’re still on the road! At one time you were a stranger to God’s unstoppable unconditional love, now your part of the family! Paul writes: ‘You received the word…not as the word of men, but…the word of God, which… effectively works in you who believe’ (1Thessalonians 2:13 NKJ). Did you get that? As long as you keep believing it, God’s Word will keep working in you. Plus, you’ll mature faster when you stop being so hard on yourself, learn to relax and start living by what God’s Word says about you; not how you feel!How you see yourself affects your spiritual progress. Until the way you see yourself lines up with God’s view of you, as revealed in His Word, you’ll keep seeing yourself as inferior and unworthy and that will hold back your spiritual growth. Nobody knows you like God does. And in spite of your struggles and stumbling, He loves and accepts you just as you are. God told Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you…I knew…and approved of you.’ Stop worrying about being rejected when you don’t ‘perform’ perfectly. The world operates like that but not God. Plus, if you were as perfect as you’d like to be you wouldn’t need His grace, right? Check out Genesis 32:22 and read about Jacob’s limp, sometimes God leaves weaknesses in us to remind us how much we need Him each day. So enjoy where you are now and don’t compare yourself with other people. Don’t worry if they’re further along than you. They went through the same places to get to where they are today.

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