“Faith comes from hearing.” Romans 10:17 NIV (2011 Edition)
You may doubt your own ability, but never doubt God’s—or His promises and His willingness to fulfill them. The Psalmist wrote, “You have magnified Your word above… Your name” (Psalm 138:2 NKJV). The only thing in the universe that God has placed above His name is His Word. So fill your mind with it, speak it daily, and don’t ever question it. Doubt often originates from our inclination to portray ourselves as self-confident. Self-confidence is a concept touted by the world; it encourages us to rely on our own skills and abilities. But the Bible says, “He who trusts in himself is a fool” (Proverbs 28:26 NIV 1984 Edition). Reportedly, the verse at the center of the Bible is: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8 NKJV). So center your confidence around God, not yourself or anybody else. Do you doubt yourself and your own worth? Do you question your ability to pursue your career? Do you doubt your aptitude to form healthy relationships? Despite having lived with Jesus for almost three years and hearing His promise that He’d rise again from the dead, Thomas still said, “Unless I can see his wounds and touch him, I will not believe” (See John 20:25). Did Jesus turn His back on Thomas because of his doubts? No, He never rejects a sincere, doubting heart! Jesus showed up in person and resolved all of Thomas’ doubts. And as you read His word and seek His face, He will alleviate your misgivings and qualms too. When you stop living in the “sense” realm and learn to “walk by faith,” your doubts will begin to die (See 2 Corinthians 5:7).
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