Preparing for times of doubt

The girls of my lovely cell group lured me to a house last week under false pretences – it was my surprise baby shower. I was spoilt, pampered and loved. Silly games were played including the chocolate nappy game, my waters broke and baby pictures. Thankfully I manage to avoid sampling more than one baby food. Throughout the whole proceedings I sat like a Queen on a throne and was given a lovely pedicure – definitely I was spoilt. Amongst all the beautiful gifts for baby there was one gift for all the girls that really touched me. Each one thought of a word to describe me and why they thought I would be a good mum. They then wrote the words on a canvas so that I could be reminded of them on the days when I doubted myself. I’m very sure there will be days in the next few months and years when I panicking and doubting my ability to deal with this little girl who is on her way so the canvas has taken pride of place in the baby’s room.

So it is the same in our walk with God – sometimes we get overwhelmed with the situation we are in and we forget who we are. I love the lists that Neil Anderson has in the back of his book Bondage Breaker – he has a list of who God says I am.  When the world, the devil or my own mind whisper to me that I’m not good enough I have a list to turn to that says differently – and after all I figure God knows me better than I do.

Some of the verses on my list are:

I am created by God:

Psalms 139:13-14  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

I am adopted by God:

Ephesians 1:4-6  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love  5  he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will  6  to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

I am forgiven:

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

I am not condemned:

Romans 8:1-2  Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  2  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Times of doubt will come. How are you prepared to deal with them? What verses make you list of doubt beaters? Lord in times of doubt may your Word and your thoughts about me bring peace and faith.

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2 Replies to “Preparing for times of doubt”

  1. What a wonderful surprise. Affirmations are so important. Those doubt times will come no matter what you do to fortify against them. My only defense has been simple, wordless silent trust.

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