I am honored to have Renee Swope, author of A Confident Heart, as my guest today. She will be our speaker at our women’s conference this weekend. Please make plans to join us.
One morning I woke up feeling beat up by discouragement. My mind was being bullied by thoughts of doubt: I can’t do it all! I am not cut out to be a wife, mom, and leader of an organization that ministers to women all around the world! My thoughts were against me and my feelings were too.
As I lay in bed feeling completely inadequate, my radio alarm came on. Suddenly my thoughts were interrupted by Twila Paris singing to me. With confident assurance, she spoke truth to my soul, telling me this was no time for fear, but time for faith and determination. She challenged me not to lose my vision or be carried away by my emotions, but to hold on to all that I had hidden in my heart, and all I believed to be true. Then she reminded me of the most important truth of all: God is in control.*
As I heard these words, my thoughts were aligned with God’s truth. It changed my whole perspective. I went from feeling afraid to feeling determined, from feeling out of control to knowing God is in control. I was really glad I had set my radio to a Christian station the night before, so I would be awakened by encouraging music and truth that morning.
In the same way a radio has an AM and FM frequency, so do our thoughts. They are either AM (against me) thoughts or FM (for me) thoughts. The truth is, we are often our worst critics and have a lot of AM thoughts. And if our thoughts are against us, our feelings will be too.
When thoughts and feelings of doubt come, stop and ask God for His perspective. Compare your thoughts to His thoughts, reflected in scripture. Do they match? If not, look for a promise in God’s Word to replace the lie that has filled your heart with doubt. Here are two AM and FM thoughts to help you get started:
When doubt comes against me, saying I’m weak and all alone, I will focus on the truth that God is for me! I can be strong and courageous because the Lord my God is with me. He will never leave me nor forsake me (Deut. 31:6).
When doubt comes against me, saying I’m not good enough for a certain role or position, I will remember that God is for me! He says I am His masterpiece, created to be new in Christ so that I could do good things He planned long ago. (Eph. 2:10)
You and I have a choice: we can let doubt beat us up or we can let God’s truth build us up.
If we have Christ in us, we have full access to God’s power and His promises to live with a confident heart. But it won’t just happen because it’s possible. We have to take action. Just as I had to choose ahead of time to wake up to encouraging music, we need to get intentional about tuning our thoughts into God’s thoughts toward us, every day.
Lord, teach me how to rely on the power of Your promises. Help me remember today that you, my God, go with me, to fight for me against my enemies of insecurity and inadequacy. You want to give me victory! In all these things, I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
© 2014 by Renee Swope with Revell Publishing. All rights reserved.
* “God Is In Control,” © 1993 by Twila Paris. All Rights Reserved. From He Is Exalted: Live Worship CD.