How You Can Overcome Self-Doubt in Your Life

God has big plans for you.  There are amazing things He would like to do through you.  But if you’re like me, you’ve had big ideas that you did not follow up on.  Because deep down self-doubt told you couldn’t do them.


When we allow self-doubt to control us, then we limit what God can do through us.  Remember: We can do all things through God who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).  Not because of who we are.  But because of Who God is.

When you feel that self-doubt come on, here are three things you can do.


1. Call it what it is. 


When you question whether or not you can do something, don’t just rationalize it.  Identify why you don’t think you can do it.  Ask God to show you what’s going on in your mind.

Self-doubt has a way of convincing us that we’re just being rational or wise when we second guess ourselves.

Don’t just call self-doubt wisdom.  If God has called you to do something, finding reasons not to do it is not wisdom.  It is disobedience.


2. Do something about it.


Fill your mind with what is true.  Remember what the Scripture says about God.

  • With God, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37); therefore, everything is possible with God.
  • We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), so God can give you the mental power you need.
  • God owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10), so God has all resources at His disposal.

If God has called you to do something, then He can make a way even when there seems to be no way.  It is not helpful to think of ways God cannot do what He says He can do.


3. Keep on moving.


Once you have fortified your mind with truth, keep pressing forward.  We all have only a limited number of times we will go around the sun.  Don’t allow yourself to get stuck because of self-doubt.

I know from firsthand experience this is easier said than done.  But it gets easier with practice.

God will do the work.  We just need to keep moving forward.  And let God move through us.


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