Central to the Heart

Inspiration and Encouragement


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Brokenness

shatteredBroken people have broken ways of seeing themselves: You’re not good enough. Nothing you do will ever matter. Why do you even try so hard; you’re going to fail. Everything you say is worth nothing. When you leave here, you won’t have made an impact. YOU ARE A NOBODY!

I wish feelings like these would stop consuming so much of our thoughts. The devil wants us thinking like that. In fact he will probably say things like: Go ahead and hate yourself. Get mad at the world around you. Be ungrateful for who you are. Be angry. Be upset. Deny God loves you.

Please God, help us. Help us to not believe lies. Help us to stop feeling worthless. You see us as Your treasured, valued, and precious children. You love us so much! Help us to stop being controlled by our fears and the lies the devil tells us. Our fears lead us to these negative thoughts that are lies, but God, Your perfect love casts out all fear. Help us to believe your TRUTH.

Why do we think we are not enough? Why do we think we are failures? Why do we think we have nothing in us that is worthy?

None of us are perfect, and as a result we keep seeing ourselves as people we are not. We feel like we have no value because we do not feel perfect. Instead we feel broken.We may strive for perfectionism so we can be ‘good enough,’ but even our definition of perfectionism can be messed up.

We are just broken people, yet in His hands, our brokenness can be made beautiful and our weaknesses can be made strong (see 12 Corinthians 1:9). I hope we can believe His TRUTH and live by who He says we are even through our brokenness.

 

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God Wants You

god-wants-usWhenever you feel like you are not worthy, what is it inside you that makes you feel that way? It is easy to hate ourselves for every thing we feel is wrong with us.

So many times we try to find our worth by looking at what we can and cannot do and we end up becoming discontent, ungrateful, and more negative about our situation.But, what if your worth was truly found when you were just being you?

This may be a complicated question to some because some may not really know who they are. What does it mean to just be you? Honestly, I am not sure if I know who I am. Yet, something inside me knows that no matter how I may think about myself or what I may feel about myself, God is my Creator – He is the One who made me, and He is the One who ultimately gives me an identity.

When God looks at you, what do you think He thinks of you? I can tell you this much for sure, God loves you, He accepts you, and He wants to be with you – the real you (your brokenness, mistakes, failures, insecurities, imperfections, and all)! When you come to Him with all your broken pieces, He takes care of it; all you have to do is come. He wants YOU!


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Letting Go Part 2

intentionalLet go of everything that’s pointless. Let go of those lies, those fears, those worries, and only hang on to what’s important – only hang on to what is True. Just trust God and let Him handle everything and He will because He cares for you like 1 Peter 5:7 says cast all anxiety on Him and He will take care of it. Pretty simple right? Unfortunately it’s not that easy.

I can say I want to give God all my worries, all my fears, all my doubts, all my everything up to Him, but when it comes down to it, letting it go is a process that doesn’t just automatically happen overnight. It is a continual choice we have to deliberately make every day, and it is not easy. That is why prayer and reading God’s Word are so important. That is why it is extremely important for us to come together as a community of believers to encourage one another and to hold one another accountable for out actions.

Yes, it is an intentional process where we have to put forth effort. It won’t be easy  to live our lives with purpose, living the life we were created for, being who God says we are; which is who we are in Christ, but it will be worth the effort. Life is not about living with negative thoughts that bring us down. That kind of life is ultimately focused on who the devil says we are. Who wants to believe the devil? He’s the father of all lies!

We have to be intentional about letting go of all our fears, doubts, worries, concerns, problems, and struggles we have. God is constantly going to be giving us opportunities, putting us through great trials, and testing our faith, but we must remain strong because the strength of Christ can be ours when we let His Spirit enter into our lives.

Think of that for a moment… the Spirit of Christ is inside of us all the time! How often do we take this amazing truth for granted?

We can overcome any challenge we are up against because remember our identity is in Him now because He gave us His Holy Spirit, and it is through Christ that we are more than conquerors! It is through Christ that we have strength to make an impact!

My encouragement to you is this: Trust that God will help you with whatever big or little battle He puts you up against. It may take time and it may be hard to do, but nothing is impossible! He will help get rid of the barriers that are blocking you. He will help you let go of the things that hold you back. Have faith!

Are you willing to do what you can, where you are, with the influence and strength God has given you through His Son Jesus Christ? Will you live for Christ because He died for you?

Pressing on to the end is a battle. You may feel like giving up, but keep pushing, keep trying! Please don’t give up – after all He never gives up on you! Let go of what is holding you back and He will bring you through!

My thoughts and prayers are with you too.


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Who You Are in Christ: Part 2

in ChristWhen we believe God sent Jesus to die for everyone’s sins we can receive our identity in Him. In Christ we are good enough, we are accepted, significant, valued, victorious, redeemed, healed, holy, set free, strong, His masterpiece, citizens of Heaven, God’s own royal priesthood, we are the salt and light of the earth, we are His children, and we are not ashamed! We have no condemnation, we are new creations, and we are more than conquerors! We are saved by grace, through faith, and because of that our identity is in Christ! And in Him is our strength!