Have you ever said: Is my writing good enough? Do I have what it takes? Do I have the skills I need to be a writer?
In this episode of our Breakthrough Series, CJ and I are going to help you as Kingdom Writers overcome this obstacle of fear. What makes this series different than most training for writers is that we integrate the dynamite of Scripture and prayer to help you breakthrough the obstacles holding you back.
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Notes from this episode:
1 John 4:18 – “Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”
- Knowing our identity is key. Identity was my theme in 2017
- John 13:23 (NKJV) – “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.”
- The importance of being filled and skilled as a writer.
- “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Our, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.” Exodus 31:1-3 NLT
- We need to continue to learn and grow as a writer.
- But the breakthrough will come when we walk by the Spirit and not the flesh. Galatians 5:16 (NIV) “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
- What we create in the flesh we have to maintain in the flesh.
- Story of getting my first C in English. Now I’m a writer. When we are weak He is strong. “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT
- Healing from creative injuries
- Words are spoken over us especially from someone with spiritual and/or relational authority.
- The words we have said about ourselves.
- Replacing the lies with God’s truth.
- Tell your inner critic they are officially infringed!
- “You are loved for who you are not for who you should be. For none of us are as we should be.” – Brennan Manning
Truth will set you free. (John 4:18)
The importance as a Christian author of knowing our identity https://www.facebook.com/christianbookacademy/videos/2081771508746620
Filled and Skilled as a writer http://www.trainingauthors.com/filled-and-skilled-as-a-writer
5 questions to ask when you’re NOT feeling qualified or an expert and wondering if what you have to share is important: http://www.trainingauthors.com/not-feeling-qualified/
Prayer for Breakthrough Insecurity as a Writer
Transcript of the prayer:
The fifth area that we’re looking at is the area of insecurity.
Is my writing good enough? Do I have what it takes? Do I have the skills that I need to be a writer?
We’re going to pray along the lines of 1 John 4:18, “Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we’re afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”
Lord, I ask that we would jump into your swimming pool of perfect love. That we’d be surrounded in every aspect by your perfect love, driving out any insecurity. Drive out any fear. Lord, may our security be found in you alone.
And I think of John 13:23, which says, “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom, one of his disciples whom Jesus loved.” And six times I’m reminded, Lord, that John wrote those words, ‘the disciple that Jesus loved.’ He was known as the beloved disciple.
I pray that each one of us would find our security in those words. I am the disciple that Jesus loves. May our security be found completely in that love. And you would drive out all insecurity right now.
For each writer, if insecurity has been their issue, I pray that you just drive it out. Dissolve it in Jesus’ name, that they would find their full security and worth found in Christ alone. We thank you, Lord, for what you’re going to do in terms of our identity. How we are identified as the disciples that Jesus loves. Then to move out from that identity, we thank you, Lord.
And the picture that God gave me is that many of you have written many words and perhaps you’ve crumpled them up. Put them in a trash can or deleted them. Maybe they’re still unfinished on your hard drive somewhere. But you never published them. You discarded them and you feel like it’s not good enough.
I saw a picture of God and it’s going to make me cry. But He went into the trash can. He started retrieving every crumpled paper and began to make a scrapbook from your writing.
It’s not so much what you write. It’s that you write, that you’re creating with God. You’re writing, that you’re using your gifts.
I saw God wants you to know that He’s validating you. He is so proud of you. And he is retrieving those crumbled pieces of paper.
Yes, it’s a learning process. We grow as a writer. But He sees you and He loves you. And He’s just so proud of you. We pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
I sometimes picture God walking around heaven with a big wallet and He’s got your picture in there. He’s also got a huge refrigerator with your picture on this refrigerator. God thinks of you every second of every day, and it blows our minds. We can’t conceive of that. But it’s true. He loves you. You’re always on his thoughts and you are secure in Christ.
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