Don’t let doubt hold you back

Romans 8:37The first time I walked onto a college campus, I was in my early thirties. Circumstances happened that changed my direction in life and pointed me towards an education.

On the first day, armed with books, notebooks and pencils, I walked across campus with anticipation of the new adventure I was beginning.

Then something happened. It came out of nowhere. Doubt. It took hold of me and planted its carefully crafted lie – I’m not smart enough.  What was I doing here?

I stopped and looked around me. Hundreds of students strolled in different directions. Some walked in pairs and some walked in groups.

Most of them were younger than me. They were just babes – still innocent of the hardships this world can hand out. They walked by me with confident eyes, looking ahead to their destinations. They knew where they were going.

I couldn’t be more out of place holding a campus map and a doubtful look on my face. I suddenly wanted to run to my car, lock the doors and slouch to the floor so no one could see me.

Does discouragement creep up and attack you? Does it breathe false accusations at you, paralyze you in fear and hold you back?

Elizabeth faced this opposition in Luke 1:43

But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

A wave of doubt engulfed her. It told her she was not worthy enough to host Mary and the future King in her home. But she did not dwell on those thoughts. Instead, she welcomed Mary into her home and spent time with the mother of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5 says:

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Friends, we don’t need to be bullied by doubt. We have a powerful weapon at our disposal – the Word of God.

That day as I stood paralyzed on the sidewalk of a college campus, I used that weapon. Over and over, I recited Romans 8:37.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

I lifted my burden up to God, and he released me from the grip of doubt.

Unwanted doubts that attack us have no hold over us when we use God’s Words.

I wish I could tell you this spiritual attack never happened again. Many times, doubt tried to remove my determination in obtaining an education. But it did not win. Each time, I fought back in victory.

Make a resolution today to take captive every negative thought and give it to God.

Today I am linking up with Live Free Thursday

9 thoughts on “Don’t let doubt hold you back

  1. “We don’t need to be bullied by doubt.” You are so right, Jenny, in exposing doubt as the bully it truly is. It has bullied me much of my life, and sometimes it still does. Visiting as your neighbor this morning at #DanceWithJesus, and blessed by your words!

  2. “Bullied by doubt”
    What a great way to think of it, and even to pray for help in the midst of it, because when it comes right down to it, God is our hero. He will rescue me from doubt! Thanks, Jenny!

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