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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?”
(Luke 24:37-38)

Studies have shown that people who constantly doubt their judgments lead psychologically impoverished lives. We often beat ourselves up with questions about our ability. We become spiritually hesitant and psychologically frozen because of regretful decisions. We question our faith, we doubt our prayers, we feel we’re not good enough, smart enough, and the list could go on.

The devil loves to see us doubt God, His word, and ourselves.

There are so many stumbling blocks and strongholds that keep us from growing in our faith. Self-doubt is a major stronghold that clings to us. Have you had some doubts in your life?

We understand that we are not strong on our merit alone; we need God’s grace, which is sufficient in our weakness (1 Corinthians 12:9). We’re not knowledgeable all by ourselves, we need the Spirit to teach us and guide us into all truth (John 16:13). Maybe you’ve experienced something that has caused you to question your faith, such as a religious leader hurting, manipulating, or abusing children; or a decision you thought was right, that turned out to be drastically and disastrously wrong. Perhaps you doubt God could love you because of our past. Maybe you fear your potential or even cringe in the face of blessings because you don't think you deserve them.

Chronic self-doubt hinders the Spirit of God to work in our lives. If the Holy Spirit can only speak what God gives Him to speak (John 16:13), words that are true, honest, of good report, etc. (Philippians 4:8), and has the complete wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 2: 9-16), and produces wonderful fruit (Galatians 5:22-23), then why do we constantly speak evil doubts in our hearts? Why do we speak hatred over the lives that we have? Why do we question God’s ability to transform us and use us for His glory? Why not let the Spirit have His way?

Today, push through chronic self-doubt that keeps you buried in shame. Remind yourself that God has exalted you over your pasts, whether that’s past mistakes, or things you did deliberately; whether it’s fear of the future or fear that your wounds will come back to haunt you. Sometimes our worst insults and blessing-blockers come from within. However, God created us to live free, sober-minded, joyful lives, not to have low self-esteem, anxiety, depressive thoughts, or to dwell in procrastination.

Believest Thou Are Exalted? Come out of doubt hiding and live an emotionally healthy life for Christ!


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2 comments

  1. Very encouraging lesson. I don't mind sharing that sometimes I struggle with self-doubt. I doubt what God can do through me and in me. I doubt that God can revive me. I doubt that God can heal my marriage. i doubt that God can forgive me. I doubt. So this lesson has shown me that my doubt has become chronic. I want more in life that to be doubting everything. Pray for me on this sisters.

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  2. We thank and praise God for your courage to share how you can relate to the message. We too, have dealt with self-doubt and not only is it crippling, but it hinders our growth in the Lord. The great news is that God doesn't operate in doubt, but in certainty and faith, and He has placed the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind within us that satan tries to snatch away. The key phrase in the study is "The devil loves to see us doubt God, His word, and ourselves." If he can get us to grab the weapon of self-doubt that he hands us and we commence to beating ourselves up with it, then he's won. BUT the story doesn't end with his victory, but with Christ and our victory with him!

    We will be praying with and for you as you work through these emotions. As you pray, try meditating on James 1:5-8, "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do."

    God can do anything we allow Him to do in our lives! Many Blessings!

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