Don’t Underestimate Yourself

Have you ever had times where your just doubt who you are as a man or woman?  Do you underestimate the impacts you can have on this world and whether or not you have the abilities or the strength to do what it is God’s calling you to do?  I’ve had many moments over the years where I have doubted myself.  I have doubted my place and even doubted who I was as a man or even I had become a real man in many areas of my life.  I questioned my purpose and direction and doubted if I could ever step out of the life I had created and truly fulfill my calling.

It was not until the last couple of years that I really started to see more of my self and in the last months when I truly realized who I was.  I let go and decided I was going to trust God to father me and lead me.  I knew that by trusting him, he would enable me to have the strength and confidence I needed to move.  I was no longer just going to float along and I was no longer going to doubt my place in this world.  I am crucified with Christ to this world (Galatians 6:14).  I no longer worry about what the world may think and I no longer doubt where God is leading.  I don’t underestimate myself.

I pray the same thing for you.  You are far more important than you realize.  Through faith in Christ, you are a child of God and by staying faithful will come into you inheritance in the Kingdom.  If you really stop to think about that, how awesome is that.  That makes everything we do for the Kingdom that much more meaningful. It gives each us much more worth than we have realized.

Trust me.  I know the spirit of fear and doubt.  Those spirits have haunted me for years.  Through my wounds and my sins.  Many of us hide behind those wounds and allow those foul spirits to overtake us.  Again, I did for years. I hid.  I feared getting exposed.  I feared making any kind of changes that would shake the security I had.  Not any more.  I go ahead with full confidence in who I am as a man and as God’s son.  Because of that, I am making changes.  Now do I live with regrets?  It would be easy to, but no.  I believe God has used me in my wounds and sins to equip me for the battles I will now face ahead of me.  He has now armed me with the power and wisdom to recognize those battles and the confidence that anything is possible through Christ.  He is sending me into Seminary studies now to move into a world of Christian Counseling and Ministry to help arm more of his children.  Before I would have never done this, but I have faith where he’s calling me now and don’t doubt my abilities he gifted me with.

We are all God’s children and we are all called to be warriors for his Kingdom.  God designed each and everyone of us in his image.  HIS IMAGE.  Don’t underestimate that.  You don’t have to live a life that is covered in doubt and sin. You don’t have to stay locked into where the world says you should be.  Again, through Christ, you have been crucified to this world and to death and sin.  Screw what the world says you should do.  Turn to the Father.  Turn to him and allow the Holy Spirit to empower you for the race.  What he says is far more important.  It’s all in Scripture and he has so much more to share with about your true identity to him and where he wants to lead you. He has given each of us gifts and talents.  The question is whether or not we will use them to glorify him or not.  We have to choose.

Bottom-line is, don’t underestimate who God has created you to be.  Max Lucado said, “You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman.”  Always remember just how special you are to God through your faith in Christ.  He has a special place for each us and through our faith a special place in the Kingdom.

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