Have you ever felt called to something but then, all of a sudden, you start having doubts and second-thoughts about it?
Thoughts come flooding into your mind like, “Who are you to do this?”, You’re not as nearly as photogenic as them.”, You aren’t as good at articulating things like her.”, There’s probably already someone writing/speaking/ministering about this very thing already, so what’s the point of you doing it too?”, You’ll never get to do the kind of _(fill in the blank)_ that you’ve always dreamed of, so why put all this effort into something that’s doomed to fail?” and finally, “Who do you think you are to think people are actually going to care?”
The worst part of it all is that once you start having thoughts like this, insecurities and feelings that you’re unqualified seep into your mind-and, even worse, your heart.
I believe that everyone at some point in their life ends up having doubts about their calling.
Even world-renown author and evangelist, Billy Graham, has admitted to feelings of discouragement;
“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.'” -Billy Graham
Why do thoughts such as these plague us?
So often, it seem that just when the path God has us on straightens, discouraging thoughts and insecurities pop into our minds and send us into a “mental hurricane” making it feel like we’re fighting against intense rain and wind and not able to see through the darkness and making us unsure whether if we’re on the right path or not.
Ephesians actually tells us why these things are happening to us;
“We are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)
So, how do we deal with these kinds of thoughts? How do we combat the insecurity that plagues us and makes us feel like we aren’t worthy of that which God has called us to?
First, we have to replace the lies that we aren’t good enough with the truth-and not just those things that our friends tell us- you know, those things like, “Seriously, that’s just so not true. You are so good at that and it is definitely your calling!” No, we need to replace the doubts and insecurities with God’s truth!
How do we replace the lies, you ask?
Well, here’s what we have been called to do:
Put on the Armor of God.
“Put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:13-17 (NLT)
Just like any warrior, we need to wear the appropriate battle clothes.
If you were to ask any soldier, they would tell you that not wearing the proper gear for battle will result in injury or, even worse, death.
It’s the exact same case for spiritual war.
If we don’t have the proper battle gear on, our mind, heart and therein our faith could be severely injured or, if the blow is big enough, could lead us to losing our faith in Christ, thus resulting in spiritual death.
But, here’s the thing, to be able to wear the Armor of God, we need to know what the Bible’s truth about each of these things are.
We need to know about what the Bible says about peace and righteousness and faith and the Holy Spirit and salvation and the truth-the truth about who he is and what he has done, as well as the truth about who and what he says we are in him.
The only way for us to know any of these truths is to daily spend time with God; reading your Bible, praying, seeking, asking, worshiping, and even sitting in his presence in silence; waiting, listening for him to speak to us, guide and comfort us. Taking time to let his spirit transform and renew our hearts and minds in the silence and even just letting what we gleaned from reading his word sink in to the soil of our hearts and minds so that it’ll take root and grow.
I want to leave you with one more quote that I just absolutely love;
“The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” -Billy Graham
Next time you have thoughts that make you feel insecure and doubt what God is calling you to, remember who you are in him and remember the authority you have been given through salvation to kick those lies in the butt and out of your mind and heart!