What Happens When We Doubt Ourselves
I will be the first to say that I struggle in this area.
Too often I find myself sitting, and over analyzing things in my head about whether or not I did the right thing, said the right thing, or made the right impression.
Too often I sit back instead of stand up, keep quiet instead of speak out, and go along with things instead of stop them, because I doubt either my ability to do so, or my ability to deal with the repercussions and responses.
But as believers, when we doubt ourselves, we are actually doubting so much more than just ourselves.
As believers, what happens when we doubt ourselves, is actually a tragedy.
When we doubt ourselves...
We Create Doubt In Others
When we doubt ourselves, others can feel it.
People can tell when we are uncertain and unsure of ourselves. And when we let doubt overwhelm us, we can hinder our testimony.
As believers we claim to know what it is that we believe. We claim to have been changed by the spirit of our resurrected Savior. We claim to have assurance of where it is that we will go after this life is over.
So when we live in doubt in ourselves - which is more often than not, a fear of others and what they may think if we say what we think - others will assuredly doubt whether or not we really believe what we say we do.
That's not to say that we should not be open about our doubts and bring them into the light. You can read more about this in my post: What To Do When Believing Is Hard
But as believers, if we claim to believe that we have confidence in Christ, we ought to live as though this were so.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love, and self-c0ntrol" 2 Timothy 1:7
We Miss Out
Doubt also causes us to miss out on the adventure and the story that God wants us to be a part of.
When we look at an opportunity that God has given us and turn it down because we are afraid that we may not be able to meet the requirements or because it brings us too far out of our comfort zone or because of whatever other reason that is ultimately rooted in doubt, we are missing out on all that God has for us here.
We miss out on an opportunity to grow and learn to trust Him more.
Or when a friend comes to us with a serious issue and we fail to minster to them because we doubt our ability to do so or because we doubt that they will want to be our friend any more if we do (which is really a whole other issue all together), we miss out on the true reconciliation and healing that God provides.
Doubt, at its root, is a lack of trust in who God is and who He created you to be.
We Doubt Jesus
Jesus died for our sins, but He also died so that we could again be reunited with our creator.
Because Jesus died we get to have a relationship with God and we do so by receiving His spirit, and having His spirit be our guide and helper in our prayer life, when we read His word, and when we fellowship together.
Doubt however, inhibits our ability to do this. Doubt when it comes to our gifts, presents itself as comparison and says, "Don't you use your gift, they do that so much better than you...don't waste your time."
When we doubt our abilities and the gifts we've been and the spirit within us, we ultimately doubt the one who has given these things to us.
God doesn't want us to trust in ourselves, but He does want us to trust in His spirit within us.
And with His spirit in us, doubt should be far from us.
Would love it if y'all would comment below with the doubt you are struggling with so that we can encourage one another. Praying right now for His spirit to remove all doubt from us so that we would be bold and bright lights for Him.