do you believe in yourself

Do you believe in yourself? I mean, like really believe? Would you do whatever it took to walk in the call that you know God put on your life? Or have you flirted with the idea of stepping into that call but have taken no action because your not sure you can do it?

I have been in that place…. well, a lot longer than I care to admit. I have sat on the dreams and aspirations God has given me because of fear, lack of resources, and lack of confidence.

But why do we do that? What in us makes us question our ability to accomplish what God put us on this earth for?

If God Himself spoke directly to you and told you of the amazing ways He planned on using you and gave you instruction in how to accomplish it, would you go for it boldly?

I think most of us would say, “absolutely! yes!”. But would we really?

I think most of use would still have a hard time, not because we didn’t hear God but because we have an issue in understanding our identity in Christ and a lack of faith in what His Word says about us.

I think Moses’ story will shed a little more light on what I mean. Take a look at how Moses questioned his God given call.

  1. He questions his identity (Exodus 3:11)
  2. He questions whether he can be an effective leader (Exodus 4:1)
  3. He questions his ability (Exodus 4:10)
  4. He questions the call itself (Exodus 4:13)

Flip with me in your Bible to Exodus 3.

In Exodus we find Moses living among the Midianites. After he fled from Egypt He married and worked as a shepherd for 40 years.

Picking up in Exodus 3, we find Moses faithfully tending to his sheep when God meets him in a powerful and unusual way. God tells Moses how He has seen the affliction of His people and that He has come to deliver them from Egyptian oppression (vv.1-9).

Now this is the part I want you to pay attention to. In verse 10, God says, “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” God had created Moses to be a deliverer before he was born. As Moses was being knitted together in his mother’s womb, God had purposed a great destiny for him. God had planned this all along.

Yet, immediately after God calls him into his destiny Moses questions the call of God. Better yet, he questions his very identity! Let me show you, Moses answers back to God and says, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (vv. 11)

He is questioning his very identity. I imagine the images of his past replaying before his eyes. The time he killed the Egyptian for enslaving his fellow Israelites. The 40 years of labor in the desert that seemed minimal and unimportant. He questioned his identity and immediately rejected the notion that he could be called by God for a miraculous destiny. By asking the question who am I, he was actually saying “I’m of no importance”.

But his questioning didn’t stop there. Though God reassures him and lays out His divine plan to bring deliverance to the people of Israel, Moses again questions God. This time Moses questions whether people will take him seriously. (Who struggles with that here?) Moses says,  “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” (Exodus 4:1) He questions whether he is legitimate enough to win over the people’s approval and acceptance. He doubts the Israelites will follow his leadership and understand that what he was called to do was truly an instruction from God.

In verse 2-9, God visibly demonstrates that He is with Moses in a miraculous way to increase his confidence.

Yet again, Moses responds to God, this time questioning his ability. In chapter 4 verse 10 Moses says, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Moses lacks confidence in his ability to speak articulately. God then assures him that He Himself will give Moses the words to speak.

Finally, Moses flat out questions the call of God. Moses says, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else” (Exodus 4:13). This kindled the anger of the Lord against him. God calls for his brother Aaron to be Moses’ mouth piece.

Wow, for a guy that lacked confidence he sure didn’t have a hard time questioning the Lord. Moses questioned the call of God on his life 4 times even when he was speaking directly to the source.

I think we would like to assume we wouldn’t have struggled as much as Moses but would we be right? Do you think some of us struggle with faith and identity just as much as Moses did?

We doubt because we don’t understand who we are in light of the Word of God.

We doubt because we don’t understand who we are in light of the Word of God.

If we truly believed that we are as capable as the word says we are (with God’s Spirit in us) then we should never entertain doubt. We should expect to succeed. We should expect to have all the resources we need.

That doesn’t mean things wont take hard work or come easy but if God is calling you to accomplish something the only thing that can stop you or slow you down is you.

Moses saw that his circumstances were not ideal. He focused on his position with the people and his poor speech. Yet God saw a perfect opportunity to get glory from a weak vessel.

What circumstances in your life are not ideal? What excuses are you making?

If you want to accomplish something you have to be tenacious enough to do whatever it takes, even if the circumstances are not ideal.

If you want to accomplish something you have to be tenacious enough to do whatever it takes, even if the circumstances are not ideal.

For me, my less than ideal circumstances seem to be the exact opposite to what God has called me to (He is funny like that). God has called me to preach His Word. Most recently He has called me to start this blog and YouTube channel. He opened up an awesome door for ministry yet it took me a while to say yes. It took me so long because, y’all, I’m horrible at grammar. Really God, you want me to write? Comical. I even told Him I had no idea how to create a website or run a blog. It took me a couple months to put it all together. I watched more YouTube videos then I can count and read more articles about how to create a blog and all that it entails.

And, look, I did it! I questioned what God called me to because I didn’t think I could accomplish it. But in reality, I couldn’t have accomplished it, at least not on my own. See the only reason I was able to create this blog and continue on this journey is because I allowed the Holy Spirit to teach me and guide me. He became my strength when I was weak.

As I reflect on various people God used throughout the Bible and otherwise, I recognized the weakness of them all. I recognized the purpose of God is to use weak people to empower them so He may get the glory for how He used them.

I recognized the purpose of God is to use weak people to empower them so He may get the glory for how He used them.

It is the same for us in our lives. Many times God will allow those around us to be all to familiar with our weaknesses. Though we may be know by others for what we cant do or what we are not good at, God will call us to something far beyond our natural ability. As you go after the call of God on your life, many times God will allow you to be mocked and doubted by those around you, all the while privately preparing you for your destiny.

Think of David before he was anointed to be king. He was the least celebrated among his brothers. His brothers were soldiers but he was the shepherd boy who spend his time tending to his flock. David was a joke to them. Yet God would eventually call David “a man after His own heart”. God favored David and created him for a unique purpose; for something more than what those closest to him could have ever imagined.

Just like David, God created you for more than what others around you think you are capable of. God will use you in your weakness and inability, privately prepare you, and then release you into your purpose. Then all who doubted will see that the anointing you are walking in was not something you could have done on your own but was because of God Himself.

Paul says it best in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” How God uses us in our weakness should all ways point back to Christ.

As God calls us to the purpose He created us for we must believe in ourselves and to believe in ourselves we must believe in who God says we are. We must believe in our identity in Christ, the position God has given us, our abilities, and the call itself.

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Application:

  1. What is the call of God on your life? Write those things down. If you haven’t discovered it yet, that’s ok! God will reveal those things to you. Pray and seek God for what He has purposed you for.
  2. In what ways have you questioned God’s call for your life? What doubt or misunderstanding of your identity in Christ has caused you to question God?
  3. What are your weaknesses? How do you think God plans to use them to bring glory to Himself?

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I hope this post encouraged you and empowered you to believe in yourself but ultimately believe in who God called you to be!

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13 Comments on Do You Believe In Yourself?

  1. Dawn
    March 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm (5 months ago)

    This is very encouraging. I do know what God is calling me to do and now I just pray for wisdom, patience, and the courage to be patient.

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  2. Dara
    March 1, 2017 at 9:47 pm (5 months ago)

    I recently learned about Moses as a humble person. I thought that was an interesting way to describe him. Thanks for the thoughtful post!

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  3. Kailei Pew
    March 1, 2017 at 11:29 pm (5 months ago)

    I definitely needed this reminder to see myself through God’s eyes! Thank you so much!

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  4. Amy
    March 1, 2017 at 11:38 pm (5 months ago)

    This is exactly what I needed to read. Thank you for being obedient to the call God has on your life. You are an inspiration.

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  5. jessica lynn
    March 2, 2017 at 12:20 am (5 months ago)

    I think, when you get stuck in the “mom” mode (especially as a SAHM), it’s easy to lose sight of who you are and what we are here to do. Our lives revolve around little people, so it’s hard to see past that (or be okay with this being our life for right now). Great post, and it’s making me stop and think about if I really do believe in myself.

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  6. Ashley Newell
    March 2, 2017 at 1:20 am (5 months ago)

    What a great post! Definitely great things to think about!

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  7. Justine Y @ Little Dove
    March 2, 2017 at 1:33 am (5 months ago)

    I love what you shared here. I once gave a talk in church about being a child of God and how so often we don’t realize who we are or what that truly means to be made in His image and be His child. I agree that the scriptures are full of individuals that have weaknesses because they are human and they struggle with really believing that God has big plans for them.

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  8. Stephanie
    March 2, 2017 at 9:22 am (5 months ago)

    Thank you so much for this encouragement today. Your blog is one of my favorites that I’ve found. I will definitely be back. Thank you. 💞

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  9. Patricia
    March 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm (5 months ago)

    This is so good in so many ways Alyssa!! If only we truly, TRULY saw ourselves as God sees us. We are more than able and it’s because of Him!!!

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  10. Amanda M Rodriguez
    March 3, 2017 at 9:34 am (5 months ago)

    Love this! I need to focus on what God wants me to be more often!

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  11. Corsica Nambiar
    March 3, 2017 at 7:14 pm (5 months ago)

    I haven’t been identifying anything in my life but I really appreciate the time and the power you put into this. I will start believing in myself!

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  12. Annika
    March 3, 2017 at 8:47 pm (5 months ago)

    This was so encouraging. It is true that sometimes when everyone around you sees your flaws, you start to believe that you are not capable of doing great things. It is definitely something I am currently going through. I am glad you answered the call God has on your life. You are definitely blessing others through this blog.

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  13. Brittany Comeaux
    March 6, 2017 at 7:54 pm (5 months ago)

    How much can I relate to Moses when he says “please send someone else”. I often find my biggest struggle is living out my faith. I can feel it, and pray it, and sing it at the top of my lungs in worship. But there have been so many moments when I have seen God open a door and said “Please send someone else”.

    This year has been a big year of learning more about my identity in Christ. Your post really resonated with me!

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