Day 55: February 24, 2023

Put an End to Self-Doubt

Key Verse to Read and Treasure

Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.—Mark 11:23 (ESV)

I can do all things through him who strengthens me—Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

For Insight

Again and again, Jesus preached and taught, “because of your faith, because I strengthen you, because God has not given you a timid or fearful spirit but one of boldness, there won’t be anything you can’t do.” Oh, that we would believe this wholeheartedly and not doubt the power of God living and working within us, the ability we have to live and conduct our lives, to settle disputes, to solve problems, to make good decisions, to heal and move forward all because God has provided what we need.

I’m convinced that the older I become chronologically the more God reveals some hard truths to me. One of those truths is that the things I have not accomplished, the paths I have not pursued, the victories I have not experienced, the battles I have not won, the things that have stopped or diminished me, have not been as much about the paths God has put me on or the things he determined were not meant for me, but because I walked too closely with self-doubt and allowed self-doubt to determine my paths, set my future and cause my lack.

Many of the things we blame on the enemy have not been to his credit but ours. How many times we do his job for him. Satan does not have to cheat us or steal from us or lie to us, because we do a good job of that all by ourselves. When we live and operate under self-doubt, we cheat ourselves out of God’s blessings and victories, we steal from our own treasures God has lain up for us in his heavenly storehouse, we lie to ourselves about who we are who and what we are not.

Each one must look at their own life and assess if missed opportunities have been God’s plan, the devil’s fault, or our their self-doubt. And seeing the truth confess their self-doubt to God, asking forgiveness but also asking him to open to them new opportunities, second chances and missed opportunities. God told Isaiah, “And your ancient ruins will be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in” (Isa. 58:12).     

In the beginning God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit agreed to create us in their own image and now, filled with the Spirit and having the fruit of the Spirit and the power of our risen Lord Jesus Christ, we can live boldly and be those producers they ordained us to be from the time of Adam and Eve.

When we determine to cease self-doubting we will experience a newness of life we have never known before and the abundant life Jesus promised will be ours to live and enjoy. We will not live in fear, we will not miss blessings, we will not let opportunities pass us by, we will not think we are not good enough, smart enough, or worthy enough to receive the abundance God has already stored up for us but we will walk live and operate in the strength of who God made us to be and Christ died to secure.   

Father, far too long I have allowed self-doubt to rob me, cheat me, lie to me. Today I open my heart to the truth of who I am and knowing I can truly do all things through Christ who gives me strength. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen                           

For Application:

On a scale of 1-10 how much power and influence does self-doubt have in your life? What does your future look like if you release the spirit of self-doubt and operate from the confidence God wants you to have?      

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