How to be filled with peace when you’re filled with doubts
Have you ever had moments where you feel like a failure? Where, no matter what you do, it just doesn’t seem like it’s good enough? Or that you’re good enough? Or smart enough? Feelings of being overwhelmed, disappointed, discouraged, and exhausted unleash a multitude of insecurities. Often, instead of going on, we end up giving in. We begin to question our talents and skills because of one doubt. We second-guess the purpose behind the task and the failure itself.
I have always struggled with insecurities. The devil has a good stronghold on my mind where my deficiencies lie. He knows just what to whisper into my thoughts to make me question my abilities. He knows how to take a truth and twist it to a half-truth. Can you relate? Do you know who could? Eve.
Don't let the devil take a truth and twist it to a half-truth.
The first deception in this world was Eve’s insecurity. The devil asked her: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” (Genesis 3:1) Eve corrected him, stating that they could eat fruit from the trees in the garden. She clarified that what God said was, “‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” (Genesis 3:3) Do you see that slight twist the way Satan worded his question? He placed an inkling of doubt in her mind. Even after she corrected him, he dismissed the notion that she’d die and replaced it with the idea that she would be like God if she ate from that particular tree. (Genesis 3:4-5). Since she had doubt forming in her mind, she was easily convinced that what the devil said, though it contradicted God, was true.
But as strong as the devil is at times, our God is stronger. Don’t be so discouraged when the insecurities creep in. Remember to Whom you belong. Having these doubts—struggling with these insecurities—is not a sin. But what we do with them next could lead to it. Eve allowed her doubts to defy God’s word and eat the forbidden fruit. We have to be careful not to allow our doubts to control our actions. Don’t allow the twisted version of the truth take hold. When you feel those thoughts creeping in with, “Did God really say…?” Answer directly with the truths that God did say:
We have to be careful not to allow our doubts to control our actions.
You can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13) No more thinking that you can’t!
You are loved. (Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16, Romans 5:8) No more thinking no one likes you or could ever love you!
You are wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) No more thinking you are a failure!
You are special. (Psalm 139:13, Ephesians 2:10) No more thinking that you are not special!
You matter. (Job 12:10) No more thinking that you are or what you do is pointless!
You are His. (Isaiah 43:1) No more denying that you belong to Him. He chose you! (Ephesians 1:4)
You are His. (Isaiah 43:1) He chose you! (Ephesians 1:4)
What are some doubts and insecurities that you are currently facing?