Overcoming Perfectionism In 2016 | ITC3
Welcome to Episode 3 of the In the City Podcast with Dr. Jonathan G. Smith. Perfectionism simply just doesn’t work in life. When we try to be perfect in our spiritual walk as Christians, it can be particularly damaging. In episode 3, you will learn how perfectionism can short circuit your relationship with God and distort your understanding of how he views you.
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This Week’s Topic: Overcoming Perfectionism
Sometimes perfectionism can work for us, but when it comes to our spiritual lives, perfectionism always works against us.
Perfectionism is particularly destructive when we confuse God’s perspective of us with our view. God simply doesn’t look at us the way we think He does.
If we believe that we must somehow continue to live perfect lives to gain God’s favor, then we have failed to understand what the Bible teaches.
Perfectionism can also cause us to look outside ourselves for sources of our unhappiness, rather than realizing the problem is internal. In our spiritual lives, this can happen when we no longer feel the joy or excitement of our early faith experiences. We can become bogged down in the Christian life because we have failed to realize that belief in Jesus is no guarantee of a perfect life.
What is the solution to this perplexing problem? To begin, we need to understand how our status changes with God when we confess Jesus Christ as savior and king.
What You’ll Discover
God’s G.O.A.L for our salvation.
- Guilt – Recognize guilt and shame drive much of our behavior (Hebrews 10:1-3, NET)
- Offering – Remember Christ was our true Offering (Hebrews 10:8-10, NET)
- Accept – Accept that God views us differently (Hebrews 10:14, NET)
- Live – Live in confidence and assurance knowing God accepts you
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How has perfectionism damaged your relationship God or with someone else?
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