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A Confident Heart Chapter 1: Are you ready to take God’s hand and trust His heart?
Day 2: Beat Up or Built Up
Day 3: Trigger Points
- Day 4: Sometimes Worry Makes Me Wonder
- Day 5: But I don’t Have Anything Special to Offer
- Day 6: Measuring Up
Day 7: Getting Up Again
Taken in part from Chapter 7 & 12
Food for thought: “Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” (Proverbs 24:16 NIV)
Renee surveyed over twelve hundred women for her book, A Confident Heart, and discovered two of the biggest triggers that paralyze us with self-doubt.
- Fear of Past Failures
- Fear of Failing Again
Have you failed? I know I have. Throughout this week as we’ve gone through each day of the 7-day Doubt Diet God has opened my eyes to many different areas of my mind that he wants to renew. Just by referring back to the titles of day 1-6 and there is a common thread. Don’t Throw Away Your Confidence, Beat Up or Built Up, Trigger Points, Sometimes Worry Makes Me Wonder, But I don’t have Anything Special to Offer, Measuring Up, and Getting up Again – are all issues that reside between my ears.
These aren’t the 7 areas that God wants me to change about myself so that I can measure up to his standard. Instead, these are areas of my life that God wants me to recognize and set me from. It goes back to that “waiting for him to zap me,” from day one – I HAVE TO DO THIS. Yes, he will walk with me every step of the way, but he won’t make me.
In every area that we’ve talked about not only are their false beliefs about ourselves but also lies about who God thinks we are. He wants us to have the freedom he died to give us. He already knows we are going to fall – it’s clearly stated in today’s chapter, the righteous fall. If we didn’t we wouldn’t need God. When we fall, it opens our heart to hear Gods voice. Every time we fail on our own it creates the perfect opportunity for God to step into our mess and speak to our hearts.
Failure Isn’t Final!
Are their failures in our past that are holding us hostage? Not hostage to our failure, hostage to our thoughts about our failure. If we continue to condem ourselves then we remain stuck, when in reality God is saying get up. Don’t allow the lies of the enemy to convince you that you can’t get up again.
Not only can we get up again, we can move forward further than we were before. Yes, failures bring shame, fear, insecurity, anxiety, etc. When we choose to get up and get out from where we’ve been then God can move us to a new place we never thought we were capable of going. Every failure in a new opportunity for growth, wisdom, humility, and dependence on God.
I can’t believe that today’s the last day of our 7 day Doubt Diet. I hope that you have enjoyed it as much as i have. I pray that we all grab hold of this message no matter what comes our way as we take God’s hand and trust His heart.
Doubt Diet Tip: I can’t guarantee you won’t fail, but I can help you set yourself up to succeed! Healthy eating requires good planning, especially packing healthy snacks for in between meals. In the same way, we can plan for healthy spiritual snacks from God’s Word. That way we have easy access to truth that can keep us on track and help us lose the weight of our self-doubts.
In chapter 12 of A Confident HeartI’ve included a chart of thirty-one promises to replace our defeating doubts with God’s empowering perspective. For the doubt diet, I’ve created a FREE DOWNLOAD of some of them and you can find them on my website. See the link below, please.
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