How do you handle doubt? Do you wallow in it and allow it to throw you off your game? Or do you confidently fight back with God’s Word? Somewhere in between? In Episode 73, we’ll learn how to stand up to doubt, whether it is attacking from the outside, or from inside.
If you are actively pursuing a calling, you have probably encountered doubt. It can come in different forms. Sometimes, it comes from the outside. Other times, it comes from the inside.
However it comes, we don’t have to give in to the soul-crushing fear that often follows doubt. When we are confident in God’s calling and are walking in faithful obedience to our purpose, we can stand up to those internal or external attacks of doubt. A great Biblical leader shows us how in Nehemiah 6.
When doubt and fear tried to attack Nehemiah with rumors and frightening thoughts, Nehemiah taught us two principles for standing in our calling with confidence.
1. When doubt attacks with hurtful comments from others, speak the truth.
Nehemiah spoke truth into the situation and didn’t allow others to fill in the gaps and tell their own version of his story. He didn’t allow them to assign motives that weren’t his. So own your story. Share it with passion and conviction.
2. When doubt attacks with frightening thoughts, pray for strength in the area of attack.
Nehemiah recognized the tactics of his enemies.
They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.” Nehemiah 6:9 (NIV)
Nehemiah prayed for God to strengthen him in the exact place where doubt was attacking.
When God has given us a clear vision of our purpose, we need to rest confidently in that vision and faithfully ask for strength instead of constantly begging for confirmation.
I love Nehemiah. He was a strong, confident leader who never wavered in his dedication to his assignment. By speaking truth and praying for strength, he stood up to doubt and inspired a nation to do what his enemies said was impossible.
Let’s take a challenge together. What one area of your business or ministry is being attacked by doubt? Will you commit to praying for the next 30 days for God to strengthen you in that area? Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram or Facebook and share what you are praying for so I can pray with you.
Are you struggling with doubt because you haven’t figured out your next step? Check out my free webinar From Confused to Confident.
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