[guestpost]This is a guest post from one of my favorite people in this whole crazy, beautiful world … Renee Swope. Renee is a best-selling author, national speaker and radio co-host with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She has been married for over 20 years to her husband JJ. They love the adventure of parenting 2 teenage boys and a 5 year-old-Ethiopian princess who their family adopted from Ethiopia in 2009. Renee and her family live in North Carolina where she has served in leadership on the staff of Proverbs 31 Ministries since 1995. Connect with Renee at www.ReneeSwope.com.[/guestpost]

I was wiping down our kitchen counter tops one afternoon when found a little rubber thingy. I didn’t know what it was, so I threw it away. Of course, as soon as I tossed it in the trashcan I remembered it was the main power button for our TV remote control.

Digging through layers of dirty paper plates, sticky plastic cups and other stinky items, I found the tiny rubber button. As I retrieved the item I had so quickly thrown away, I sensed God showing me that’s how easily I throw away my confidence—without even recognizing it.

Just hours earlier, I’d told God how impossible it was for me to finish a huge writing project. And how stupid it was for me to commit to something I couldn’t do. How much I hated the pendulum swing between my dreams and my realities.

Every time I said – God, I can’t do this.  I’m not smart enough. My faith is too weak. My life is a mess. I’ll never change – I threw away my confidence. And every time I threw away my confidence, I threw away the power that could be mine if I chose to believe and live in the security of God’s promises. But instead, I was choosing to stay in the insecurity of my self-doubts.

Do you ever question your abilities, your competency, or your worth? How often do you agree with the whispers of self-doubt and throw away confidence that should be yours as a child of God?

The next time you’re tempted to trash your confidence, why not trash your insecurities instead?

When self-doubt whispers, “I can’t do that. I’m going to fail and look foolish.” Trash that lie and hold onto this truth: “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)

When self-doubt whispers, “I’ll never change.” Trash that lie and hold onto this truth: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in [me] will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

When self-doubt whispers, “This is too hard for me. I don’t have what it takes to…” Trash that lie and hold onto this truth: “No, in all these things [I am] more than a [conqueror] through him who loved [me].” (Romans 8:37)


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What self-doubt message do YOU need to change?