“Believe in yourself!” “Believe in yourself!”
You see it plastered everywhere on all sorts of media and it is something I struggle with on a daily basis.
My girls serve as perfect mirrors to myself. They struggle too with believing in themselves.
Aubrey, my oldest daughter, shared with me her struggle in Algebra. As she was taking a test, her teacher was walking around the class answering questions. Aubrey had a question about some graphing and asked her teacher to review it. She said, “it’s correct!” Aubrey questioned her, “are you sure?” Her teacher said, yes, you need to believe in yourself!”
So how does one begin believing in themselves or as a Christian woman am I suppose to even believe in myself – the one who is sinful, messed up and judgmental? Can I even trust myself?
In Romans 8:5-8 in the Message translations it says, “Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead-end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.”
So after reading this maybe we aren’t suppose to be believe in ourselves or reliant on our own abilities. Maybe just maybe God allowed us to be weak so He can be made strong in us.
Maybe He allows us to struggle so we can finally surrender to the process of renewal.
Through my years of studying the Bible, no where does it say, “believe in yourself” or believe you can do it!”
No! It says, “I can do all things THROUGH CHRIST who strengthens me.” and “I must decrease so He can increase!”
My self-effort means nothing to God.
BUT, because of Jesus Christ, through His death and resurrection, I can trust the One who lives in me.
This trust allows me to have hope and confidence to be the person God created me to be.
So instead of believing in myself, I’m going to believe in Jesus!
“Believe in Jesus” “Believe in Jesus!” Can we get this stamped across more media?
Jesus is the one that moves mountains! He is the One who is turned water into wine, allowed the crippled to walk and the blind to see.
This is the God that lives in me and I can believe in that!!
Stop the cycle of self-doubt by giving your life to Jesus today! He loves you, forgives you and wants to hold you up. Please stop now and pray. He wants to be your confidence and hope.
If you decided to stop believing in self and begin believing in Jesus Christ, can you message me and let me know so I can be praying for you and offering some resources for your journey ahead. Many blessings, Michelle D. Howe