One time I was painting a prophetic portrait for a sister, and I saw she was holding a basket. She was holding it close, like she wanted to hide it. Finally I saw inside of it, it was a few fish and a couple of loaves. God spoke to me and said, “She does not think what she has to offer is enough, but reassure her that it is…it is plenty!” It ministered to her, and she agreed, it was something she had battled with.
Tonight my heart is heavy, I am sad for those that feel what they have to offer is not enough. Or those who think “who they are” is not okay. Maybe someone religious tried to make them feel inadequate like they are…because they are different from them. I know for me, it is hard sometimes to share how God uses me, and especially very personal things about how God speaks to me with people that do not believe me.
If I feel judged, or criticized, it just makes me want to hold back, to hold my basket close. Not share my loaves and fishes. Even though Jesus said it is plenty, and people come to me often and tell me how I minister to them.
So be careful and look for friends that make you feel good about yourself, not ones that make fun of you. People that build you up and encourage you…not tear you down…or make you feel less than.
…I love this from the msg bible.
You all have a single Teacher, and you are all classmates. Don’t set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do. No one else should carry the title of ‘Father’; you have only one Father, and he’s in heaven. And don’t let people maneuver you into taking charge of them. There is only one Life-Leader for you and them—Christ.
“Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty…