In her most recent episode on BlazeTV, conservative pundit Allie Stuckey combatted the line that frequents the Christian community: “you are enough.”
Chances are you have heard the phrase “you are enough” before, and possibly have even been given a pep talk stemming from it. The phrase is all over Instagram, reaffirming women that they are in fact, enough while encouraging them to “love themselves.”
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Say it outloud right now. In your car, at your desk, in the mirror, standing in line for your coffee… I dare you to say it until you believe it because girl, it’s so true. ✨ I wear this phrase around my neck and close to my heart as an ever present reminder. When that self-doubt starts creeping in, when the voice inside me starts shouting that negative self talk, I close my eyes and I say out loud, “I am enough.” ?? Let’s try to love ourselves a little harder today. You’re doing great, girl. And you are enough.
Stuckey started off her episode, stating: “Myth number one is: you are enough.”
“No, you’re not,” she said. “You’re actually not enough. The Bible never says you are enough.”
A common myth told to Christian women is: "you are enough." Actually, we're not.
Posted by Allie on BlazeTV on Thursday, January 17, 2019
“Actually, we are severely lacking,” Stuckey added before listing out why human beings are not enough.
“I am lacking, I am incomplete. I will never be enough. I will never be good enough. I am not kind. I am not righteous. I am not generous. I am not beautiful enough. I’m not talented enough. I’m not strong enough. I’m not talented enough. I’m not healthy enough. I’m not organized enough. I will never be enough, ever, and that is okay.”
She pointed out how the phrase creates a false sense of perfection, that causes one to look away from Jesus, and to themselves.
“The comfort in that is not, ‘Yes I am enough in all of my inadequacies,’ but that no I’m not but Jesus is. That Jesus is enough. In Him, I find my sufficiency. In Him, I find myself complete. In Him, I find myself good.”
The pundit clarified: “Not because, of anything I have done, but because of what he did for me on the cross. That he made my slate clean, and this has nothing to do with what I did.”
“No, I’m not enough, but God,” she added. “The two greatest words that are put together, ‘but God.'”
Stuckey quoted Ephesians 2:4-5 which states: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
“No you are not enough, you will never be enough, you will never good enough, there will always be someone better than you, but God.”
She emphasized the fact that “Jesus is enough for you,” and that is the greatest gift He gave us.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,'” Stuckey added, quoting 2 Corinthians 12:9.
“It’s not about not being weak, it’s not about telling yourself that you are enough. It’s not about telling yourself that you are strong, beautiful, or important. You’re not.”
“You are completely incomplete,” she added. “You are completely undeserving of Gods love, but God.”
Stuckey reminded that even though we are incomplete, we serve a God who is gracious, kind, strong, and able, completely making up for our lack of.
“Because He gracious, Because He is kind, because He is strong, because He is able. He sent Jesus to die for you so when he looks at you, he doesn’t look at you in all your insufficiencies, he looks at Jesus.”
“That is the comfort,” she stated. “The comfort for your fear, your anxiety, your comparison trap that you are finding yourself in.”
“God is perfect and He has chosen to die for me and reconcile me to Him, because He loved me, not because I’m good. It’s actually because I’m not good that He did that.”
“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong,” She said, reciting the second half of 2 Corinthians 12:9, also adding verse 10.
She concluded her episode debunking the infamous myth by pointing to human weakness, and God’s strength.
“I’m not awesome, you’re not awesome, but God is,” she added. “So we can boast in our weaknesses and say ‘I am never enough. Not to the world’s standards, not to Gods standards, I am completely broken and totally shattered, and I will never have enough to offer, I am completely insufficient.'”
“But God. God is. But thank the Lord that in His mercy, He decided to look upon me, this wretched sinner who deseres absolutely nothing, and say ‘I will save you,” simply because I am good.'”