Doubt is a funny thing. It can masquerade as justified concern or prudent cautiousness. It can be the OCD force that makes you line up all your ducks before you act on what God has called you to do, right here and right now.
Doubt can hold back the strongest of us when it dresses as an imposter syndrome...
Doubt can hold back the strongest of us when it dresses as an imposter syndrome, playing on our fears and reminding us of our sinful past and less-than-perfect present. Every time you think of telling your co-worker that God can help her, doubt asks if you really believe that. The moment when you’re ready to affirm that God still heals today, doubt reminds you of the times it appears he didn’t.
“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalm 94:19 NLT
Walk by Faith
What is God calling you to? What person is he asking you to reach out to or what new thing is he prompting you to step towards?
I can guarantee that whatever he’s speaking to your heart is something bigger than yourself. It’s something that’s going to take courage and a whole lot of faith. It will require you to silence doubt and embrace truth – God’s truth.
Whatever is holding you back from stepping into a purpose-filled life can be overcome.
God can renew your hope. He can renew your joy and ultimately remind you of who he is in the midst of all the doubts and anxieties that hold you back.
Consider “Doubting” Thomas
Consider the apostle Thomas, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. People often joke and call him “doubting Thomas” because he’s the one who had to see the nail scars in Jesus' hands before he would believe he was alive.
“One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’
But he replied, ‘I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.’” John 20:24-25
And yet, this “doubting” disciple was the first to preach the gospel in India. He was martyred there for his faith. His life was the seed of Christianity that spread throughout the country.
It Only Takes a Seed
It only takes a seed of faith to grow into the kind of boldness that can change the world.
“Jesus told them. ‘I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.’” Matthew 17:20
Nothing is impossible when you trust in God. When doubts threaten to overwhelm your heart, stir your faith! Feed it, water it, walk it out. Here are three simple ways to help your faith grow...
With faith, you can move mountains. You can push aside whatever threatens to overshadow the goodness of God in your life and in the lives of the people around you.
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What’s your dream? I pray you will be inspired and encouraged to pursue all God has for you. Now, more than ever, we need people of faith to go, do and become the light for the world.