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When We Feel Inferior

Read | Ephesians 2:10

Many Christians wrestle their whole life with a crippling sense of inferiority. Such feelings, which can be devastating, are a barrier to good relationships and genuine contentment. There is, however, a way out for the believer. Feelings of inferiority can be healed.

After salvation, the first step toward healing is to get God’s viewpoint of yourself. Ephesians 2:10 spells that out clearly: it says you are His workmanship—He is at work in you, and He doesn’t turn out shoddy products. In fact, the word workmanship here means “masterpiece.” Would He allow His masterpiece to end up inferior? Absolutely not! His work in you is perfect. If you doubt that, you might be looking at others and thinking that you don’t measure up to them. Of course you don’t. God has designed something different for them. Because you are unique, there’s no one with whom you can compare yourself. God is fitting you for a purpose like no one else’s.

Another step in the healing process involves understanding what God expects of you. Too many believers set higher standards than God does, and they count on instant maturity. Of course, God wants us to become full-grown and reflect His image, but He doesn’t expect it overnight.

Our Creator knows the weakness of our human frame, and He is supremely patient with us. When we fall, He expects us to come to Him for cleansing and then to keep on moving ahead. Each of us is “a work in progress,” and in due time, God will complete His masterpiece.

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  • February 10, 2013 07:44 AM

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    For today I remind myself of My Creator, Peace to all
  • February 06, 2013 03:36 PM

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    he sure is good!!! his mercy endures for ever
  • February 03, 2013 11:44 PM

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    Thank you! So blessed to have these devotionals!!
  • February 03, 2013 11:23 PM

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    Pastor Stanley so many times it is how others treat us as inferior. When you try to walk in confidence it seems there are plenty around ready to tear you down. This has been the most crippling thing in my experience. That is what tends to real havoc on me and vBulletin I don't seem to be able to rise above it. Please pray for me.
  • February 02, 2013 04:36 PM

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    Amen. Thank you Jesus....
  • February 02, 2013 09:42 AM

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    Thank u Lord for Dr Charles Stanley....Let your Will Be Done in Me Today Use Me Dear Lord; I Love You.
  • February 02, 2013 08:27 AM

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    Thanks for this article. Too many times I have allowed my mess ups to hinder me in different areas of life. Close friends have expressed the harshness I would put myself through but all knew my desire to please God in my life. When I didn't please God it was a devestation of guilt for me. I've lighten up a little towards myself but I'm also increasing my obedience to God's Word. Have a bless day!!!
  • February 01, 2013 03:59 PM

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    Thank you Lord for reminding me of Your awesome love. This is what I need right now
  • February 01, 2013 03:12 PM

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    God is fitting you for a purpose like no one else. This struck a cord in my soul.
  • February 01, 2013 02:52 PM

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    I love the part about "there’s no one with whom you can compare yourself".
  • February 01, 2013 09:37 AM

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    Much needed!
  • February 01, 2013 09:33 AM

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    As I sit at home today in a state of waiting on the Lord for help, this devotion spoke to me and I was encouraged.
  • February 01, 2013 09:17 AM

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    Awesome God
  • February 01, 2013 07:50 AM

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    Thank you pastor stanley. My husband and I wrestle with this all the time. I never feel worthy to praise God and he always feels like he can not measure up! Pray for us and our growth in Jesus Christ.
  • February 01, 2013 07:44 AM

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    needed to hear that message today
  • February 01, 2013 07:17 AM

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    That is a wonderful start to an enormous subject. We are also crippled with feelings of "superiority". It has caused wars of enormous destruction to all mankind. Many people crave to feel superior, driving the fanciest cars and owning the most extreme mansions to project their superiority, their superior life. Meanwhile, while doing these things, we overlook the great need all around us and throughout the word. If only we could substitute our subtle craving for superiority, with an equally strong craving to give, and and a stronger craving to be obedient to God.
  • February 01, 2013 06:43 AM

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    gracias mi señor por lo que has hecho en mi vida
  • February 01, 2013 06:16 AM

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    Love this
  • February 01, 2013 06:06 AM

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    Amen..thanks God for the confirmation
  • February 01, 2013 06:00 AM

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    Encouraging. God's Word for me today. Thanks
  • February 01, 2013 04:42 AM

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    true dat, today God will use me

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