Overcoming Perfectionism

“It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect.” Psalm 18:32

I know with my mind perfection is unattainable on this side of heaven, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. I know with my mind that apart from Jesus, I can do nothing, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. I can go from being dependant on God and then soon find that somehow I became self-reliant again. But God isn’t surprised at all. He knew before we were born what our struggles would be, and He provided a solution and a way out. It’s in Christ Jesus that we find freedom from all striving to be and do anything. It’s in Christ Jesus that all fear of not being perfect dissipates. It’s in Christ Jesus that we receive His undeserved and unearned favor.

The higher God takes us, the more He is showing us things about ourselves that we have to let go of—including perfectionism. It’s time to go higher, my sister, and let it go. Here are scriptures I’ve found that is helping me do just that. I pray these will help you too.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

“…Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13b

“But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Ephesians 4:7

“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Matthew 9:13

“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:30

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for any time I’ve depended on myself and not you. I receive your love and forgiveness. Help it sink into my core belief system that apart from you, I can do nothing. Help it sink in that I am not perfect in and of myself. Help me overcome perfectionism, Lord, so I can love better and live without all the striving. Help me to be patient as you grow and mature me in this area. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

12 thoughts on “Overcoming Perfectionism”

  1. I needed to hear 👂 the voice of my (Father) in these scriptures this morning 🌄. Sometimes we forget these lessons when we are with our family and friends 🗣. Thank you (Father God) for reminding use.

  2. Wow. This one hits home and really ministered to me. I received this word wholeheartedly and declare that HOLY SPIRIT will continue to do a great work in me. Amen 💪🙌🙏💯

    1. Amen Father God continue to help me grow with you Father God I need you daily in my life I pray 🙏🏽❤

  3. Oh wow, last night and this morning I was experiencing a real “beat down or beat up” on myself about past mistakes and even fearing drastic punishment from God . I needed a Word from God and He lead me here. With tears flowing I am so grateful for what He had spoken through and in you Keisha. I’m going to hold on and trust Him to continue to use me while giving and showing me His Mercy and Grace . Lord knows I need it ! Thank you Jesus! Hallelujah Lord!!! Thank God Thank God Thank God!!!!!

  4. Thank you Sis. Kesha for this devotional. It reminds me that my strength is only perfect through Christ Jesus. I often strive to be perfect and when I mess up, I feel depressed. I am so hard on myself. I know it is the trick of the enemy. I

    am so glad we serve a God that extends His mercy and grace. It is refreshing for His children to be allowed to rest in His perfect peace. I do need peace.

    Thanks again. Blessings, Shalom and Agape 🙏❤🙏❤🙏

  5. Thank you dear sister for allowing God to use you! The word you send ot is always timely! I praise God for your obedience! I think of the olive press! Although you face difficulties, but when you are all is coming out is the oil! His Spirit lives in you! May God bless you richly my Sister!

    1. “I think of the olive press! Although you face difficulties, but when you are all is coming out is the oil! His Spirit lives in you!” Thank you my sister! Your comment really blessed me. Praying God’s oil continues to pour out of us even in the midst of challenges and responsibility.

      Love, Kesha

  6. I too feel beat up because I was hesitant to ministry to someone I felt the person need to know Jesus care for her in my mind I think I didn’t have enough time to do that I was coming to my stop on the train at the time I forget that God hold time in his hands he want me to do something he would make away I didn’t do it I felt so guilty i pray I know the Lord forgive me but it was very hard for me to forgive myself thank God that mercy triumphs over judge. Thank for forgiveness! I am really blessed! Thank you my sister to be obedient to the voice of God!

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