"DOUBT diverts feelings of certainty, trust, belief and confidence from the peaceful waters of a focused faith into a dark whirlpool of turmoil and confusion. Darkness begins to hover over us, making our focus dim, foggy, harder to see. Even when we have surrendered, accepted, and decided resolutely to move forward, the slightest seed of doubt can churn the still waters."
~©Kathleen M. Pritchard
[Excerpt from my book Worthy In His Eyes: Part Three: Valley of Emotional Turmoil...Chapter Four: CONQUERING DOUBT]
[This is one of my favourite chapters---it is also one of the most challenging to apply daily. But that's what excites me---now. I have seen what God can do when doubt comes slinking around and I surrender it up to Him. It's exciting to watch doubts and fears dissipate and I've realized through His constant faithfulness that they will never have a hold on me again! Just had to share that!]
LOOKING BACK: Learning how to conquer doubt will be a lifelong lesson, but during the past 14.5 yrs. I have learned so much about the huge contrast between personal doubt and trusting God completely.
Doubt slyly slips in the very moment we begin to question our abilities &/or worth. Comparing ourselves to who we used to be, or to others robs our inner peace and confidence. Yet those doubts are completely based on our human perception. They evolve solely within the human mind and they can only exist if we feed them.
God on the other hand, is not interested in comparisons to others, nor is He interested in our weaknesses or limitations. HE has no doubts about what we are capable of. He focuses on our ABILITIES not our disabilities. And we short-change Him when we choose to move away from His Light and Truth to nurture false lies.
Doubt cannot linger if it is not fed. We must be pro-active. To remain trapped in the mud of false lies and doubt, asking the same questions over and over without actively pursuing and accepting answers, will swallow us up. We will sink into an emotional place of unhealthy bitterness and lack of self-worth.
It would be awesome to never experience doubt again, but life will always make us choose between doubt and faith-based hope and optimism. The difference for those who claim Jesus as Saviour, is that we have Someone much greater dwelling inside of us to guide us through that decision to a healthy place of self-acceptance.
Each time we surrender our feelings of doubt or incompetence to the Lord, He quietly blankets our soul with His incredible peace. He enables us to close that door of unhealthy evaluation and confirms our worthiness in His eyes.
Take the first step toward eliminating doubts as they try to sneak in and sink you into the mud.....identify and write down what it is you are experiencing then write down what triggered it. Open your Bible [or keep an online Bible app open and ready]--I call this, "Putting on your armour." :-) Let God speak to your heart---let Him replace your feelings of doubt with the truth of your worth in His eyes. Thank Him for the things you ARE able to do---focus on your "can do's". Then draw a line through your written account of the doubt and what triggered it. You have just closed the door of darkness and entered through the door of faith. You are allowing God to fill you with His truth. You are allowing Him to show Him who you still are!! Rejoice and move on with confidence. [This will take time to learn and practice, but renewed confidence in yourself and embracing God's purpose for you will win this tug of war hands down.]
Conquering doubt is a process. But it is a process which will lead to a much, much healthier and happier lifestyle....and a healthier, happier YOU!
"If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do." [James 1: 5-8 NLT]
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