“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
– Romans 8:37 (NIV)
Daily Meditation: Daniel 10, Romans 3:21-31, 8:18-39
Women are attacked with lies about “being enough.” At times we are tempted to think that we are enough all on our own merit. We’re strong enough, or smart enough, or pretty enough, or talented enough—maybe even more than the women around us. Women who fall prey to this lie start to assume that they parent better than the average mom, are a better friend or employee than most women, and certainly put in more effort than the average gal. This type of self-centered thinking opens the door to pride, judgment, and ultimately isolation.
Another lie is that we can never be enough. Women who internalize this lie believe that others have it more together and have more intrinsic value; that other women are prettier, or funnier, or luckier, and that they will never quite measure up. Being on the losing end of such comparisons doesn’t seem fair; it feels shameful and it hurts. Sometimes women facing this lie turn to a relationship or addiction to numb the pain.
Romans 3:23 (NIV) says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Every one of us falls short of what God requires of us, no matter how together our lives might seem to be. And yet, because of our identity in him, every single one of us really IS enough. We are daughters of the King. Our lives are filled to the brim with value, purpose, and fulfillment. We are enough because of who we are in him.
We actually go from not enough to something way beyond victory. Only God can make that a reality in our lives, a truth that translates directly into hope, joy, peace, rest, strength, grace, wisdom—whatever you need—and even more, because he is in you. Our God is the God of more than enough.
“Any victory that does not more than conquer is just an imitation victory.
While we are suppressing and wrestling, we are only imitating victory.
If Christ lives in us, we will rejoice in everything, and we will thank and praise the Lord.
We will say, ‘Hallelujah! Praise the Lord’ forever.”
– Watchman Nee
Be fearless: There is no doubt that I am a conqueror; but not on my own. I am only—and undeniably—a conqueror in the power of Christ. I choose to believe I am who God has already described me to be. He is within me!
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Julie Clinton, MAd, MBA, is president of Extraordinary Women and host of EWomen conferences all across America. She is the author of several books including A Woman’s Path to Emotional Freedom, 10 Things You Aren’t Telling Him, and Extraordinary Women. She is passionate about seeing women live out their dreams by finding their freedom in Christ. Julie and her husband, Tim, live in Virginia with their children, Megan and Zach.