LET GO OF YOUR DOUBT
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” JOSHUA 1:9 (NLT)
Doubt will cause you to miss God’s best. James teaches that whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. When you doubt, you allow your circumstances to control you.
There are two things that rob our confidence and cause doubt.
- Comparing myself to others causes doubt. 2 Corinthians 10:12 teaches that people who compare themselves to other people are foolish. You don’t compare to anybody else, because you are unique. God made you to be you; and God doesn’t want you to be somebody else. Most people start off in life as originals and end up as carbon copies—and poor carbon copies at that! God wants us to stop comparing for two reasons: You’ll either find somebody who’s doing a better job than you and you’ll get discouraged, or you’ll find somebody who is doing a poorer job than you and you will be prideful. Let’s stop this comparing. You are unique and incomparable!
- Past failures cause doubt. You might think that because of certain things in your past, God could never use you. Have you ever read the Bible? The spiritual leaders of the Bible did not exactly have sterling records. Moses was a murderer. David was an adulterer and a murderer. Abraham gave his wife away—twice! Paul was a religious radical before he met Jesus. Peter was an insensitive know-it-all! God uses people with checkered pasts because none of us are perfect. God uses average, ordinary, dysfunctional people. If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done in this world.
Believe the Bible when it says that God has a purpose for your life, and that even before you were born he had a plan to use you for ministry. So be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go
HAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.