Freedom From The Performance Trap
I Corinthians 15:9-10
Take your Bibles and today we're going to find two Bible texts. Put a bookmark first of all in Galatians three three and then turn to First Corinthians fifteen and we're going to start in verse nine there. I'm going to read Galatians three three first and then First Corinthians fifteen beginning in verse nine. Today, I want to speak to you on this subject, Freedom from the Performance Trap. I think many of us have gotten into this problem trying somehow to make ourselves acceptable to God and we've gotten into this thing called perfectionism. Now, you may not think that this applies to you but stay tuned. Alright. We're in a series on grace.
Read Galatians three and verse three. Are ye so foolish, having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect in the flesh. Then First Corinthians fifteen verses nine and ten. Here's the apostle Paul. For I am the least of the apostles that are not meat to be called an apostle because I persecuted the church of God, but by the grace of God, I am what I am and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain, but I labored more abundantly than them all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with in me or which was with me.
Now, perfect is a beautiful word, but perfectionism is an ugly word. What is perfectionism? Well, perfectionism is that disease of judging yourself by your achievements. Now, we're not here to teach psychology, certainly not humanistic psychology, but I want you to listen to how a psychologist described perfectionism. And, a perfectionist are those whose standards beyond reach or reason. People who strain compulsively and unremmitedly toward impossible goals and who measure their own self worth entirely in terms of productivity and accomplishment. Does that apply to you? I judge myself by how I perform. And, therefore, I must perform.
The key words for the perfectionists are these: I must, I should, I ought. An ...
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