Has God ever called you to step outside your comfort zone? To walk in unchartered territory?
Have you ever felt unsure of yourself and your capabilities for something God has called you to do?
It was two weeks of time alone with God. Time on my knees. Time completely outside my comfort zone. Time wondering why God called me. Time in tears. Time feeling small. Time wrestling the enemy. Time feeling like a minnow in an ocean of whales and sharks. Time trying to remember not only who I am but whose I am.
The time away started off well—I was with my family for three days as we visited a university my son had high hopes of attending. My mother’s heart simultaneously delighted in watching his excitement as he was on the precipice of his dreams, while at the same time realizing that the days and nights of having him in our home, the maker of so many of our “family chuckles” was quickly drawing to a close. It was almost too much to process at once.
They boarded the plane and my next adventure began: time to begin writing the Bible study God put on my heart, followed by several days at a conference before heading home.
As I took my place at my computer and stared at the blinking cursor on the blank screen, the enemy began what would be his relentless pursuit for the next 12 days.
“Who do you think you are?”
“What do you know about writing a Bible study?”
“Why do you think anyone will be interested in your study?”
“This is just a waste of your time.”
“You don’t know what you’re doing.”
“You should be home with your family who needs you.”
And on and on it went for days and nights.
Has God ever asked you to do something and your response was, “Who, me?” Oh Sweet friend, it’s the enemy making you ask, “Who me?” The better question is “Why not you?!” You with God are unstoppable! And NOTHING is impossible WITH God! ”Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.’” (Matthew 19:26)
As I battled my fears, I knew I had to stand on God’s truth, and you do too. The fear I felt was not from God, so every time it crept into my thinking, I had to remind myself, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).
This study I was writing was not my idea. If I’m being honest, I never wanted to write a Bible study. I knew God had impressed it upon my heart. As hard as I tried, I could not ignore it. If I was called to write it, I knew He would help me, for His Word promises, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6).
I had never written a study before. I felt in over my head. Yet, when God calls you to something, you must obey. And he promises that when we ask, He will lavishly give His wisdom: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).
Do you ever doubt yourself? Doubt your ability to succeed? Those are not your own thoughts. Those are lies from the enemy who already knows of the plans God has for you, to prosper you and to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). He’s just trying to make you doubt and give up short of the finish line. Don’t. God is the author of your story, and the finisher of your faith. The next time the enemy tries to cause you to doubt yourself or your purpose, remind him of the truth!
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Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
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