Read: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8
Whether we mean to or not, we all have a tendency to get wrapped up in our day to day lives. Before we know it, we can miss spending much needed, daily time with God, leaving us open and exposed to lies that Satan would have us believe. All too quickly, we find ourselves trapped under the weight of the idea that we’ll never measure up. During the month of June, we’ll be looking at four common ways that Satan convinces us we’re not enough, and how, when we turn to the Bible for answers, we can find our significance in Christ.
Do you find yourself afraid to try something new because you’re afraid you’ll fail? Are you driven by a need for perfectionism? An “I’ll just do it myself so I know it gets done right” attitude? Then you might be stuck in the performance trap. Wanting things done right doesn’t seem like such a bad thing at first, but when we lose the ability to have grace with ourselves (and others), we feed into the lie that we must meet certain standards in order to feel good about ourselves. If we look at the Bible, we quickly discover that none of us are perfect. Romans 3:23 says that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” None of us can ever live up to a self-imposed standard of perfection, and trying only ensures failure. But Jesus Christ, who is perfection, loves us passionately and wants to replace our empty hopes for perfection with the promise of a fulfilling purpose.
Don’t miss our next post later this week as we explore God’s answer to the performance trap.
Pray: God, help me examine my life. Unmask any lies that I might have begun to believe in, and help me begin to define my life by Your truths. Allow me to be honest with myself, accept my shortcomings with humility, and embrace your truths with joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.