Stop Doubting Yourself!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, April 26, 2019

The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Luke 10:17

When the disciples returned from their first evangelism exercise, they were justifiably excited. After all, this was the first time they cast out demons, healed the sick and performed miracles. They were so excited that Jesus had to dampen their enthusiasm and tell them not to rejoice because the spirits submit to them (Luke 10:20).

Though the disciples had been hanging around Jesus and saw him do works of wonder, they did not know they had the power to do the same. Evidently, they doubted their selves and did not think they had the authority, the power and the ability to have such success in their first missionary journey. Jesus saw in the disciples what they did not see in their selves. Sending them out two by two was the Lord’s way of showing them he had confidence in their God-given abilities.

Many people struggle with self-confidence because they’ve experienced failures in life. Some people think that only the extremely gifted and talented are destined for greatness. They idolized celebrities and those who have achieved a high level of success as if these individuals are more deserving and noteworthy.

The Bible offers a different perspective on self-confidence. It reminds us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). Our confidence is grounded in who we are in Christ Jesus. Therefore, we are as good as anyone else. The fact that you and I may not succeed in a particular area does not mean we are not good enough. It may simply be that our gifts and talents are not in alignment with that area of interest. Or, it may just be that it is not our season to do what we are trying to accomplish.

There are times when the failure we experience is part of the learning process to achieve success. We do not fall short because we are not good enough. Failure is not a cause for insecurity and low self-esteem. The best analogy I can use is the flu. When someone has the flu, the body increases its temperature so it can fight the virus that is causing the flu. The increase in temperature is called a fever. To most people, a fever is a sign of sickness. But it is, in fact, the body’s way of healing itself.

We only fail when we stop trying, and quit on our pursuit of excellence. The children of Israel’s entry into the Promised Land was delayed because they doubted their selves. They did not think they were good enough to defeat the giants in the land to take possession of it. God knew they were ready and good enough to possess the land, but they did not.

You are good enough to accomplish anything that you set your mind to do by the power of the Almighty God. Do not allow the stony roads you have to trod keep you from reaching the destination of your dream. Use every setback as a setup for your comeback. Encourage yourself persistently, and do not let other people’s doubt in you influence your confidence in yourself.

No one is better than you in any way. People just have different gifts and destiny to pursue. The fact that there are people who are experiencing success in their area of giftedness means you can do the same. One of the reasons you may be struggling as much may be because you are trying to duplicate their success, or looking at your life in other people’s mirror, and wondering if you are good enough.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please help us to live with Spirit-centered confidence as we cultivate the drive to the good works for which you created us.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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