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Welcome to The 7-day Doubt Diet

Friday, November 16, 2012

Day 1: Don't Throw Away Your Confidence
Taken in part from Chapter 1 and 6

Food for thought: So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36, (NIV)

One night I was cleaning the kitchen and threw away this little rubber thingy that was on our counter top. Suddenly I realized it was the power button for our TV remote control. As I dug through the trash to find it, I regretted how quickly Iíd thrown it away. Then, as I reached to pull it out, I sensed God showing me thatís how easily I throw away my confidenceówithout even recognizing it.

Itís usually very subtle. Sometimes Iíll be thinking about something I want to do or sense God calling me to, and a feeling of uncertainty comes over me and whispers to my heart: You canít do that. Youíre not good enough. Out of the blue, Iíll just get that awful, insecure feeling.

Too many times I've gone along with it, tossing my confidence into the trash without even thinking about it.

For the longest time, I didnít tell anyone about my lack of confidence because I figured if I told them all the reasons I doubted myself, theyíd see my flaws and agree with me. Honestly, I was convinced I was the only one who struggled with doubt.

However, I didnít call it doubt. Maybe you donít either. Sometimes I called it worryóworry that I was going to disappoint someone, worry that I might make a mistake and get criticized for it, worry that I might start something but not be able to finish.

Other times Iíd call it fearófear that I wouldnít measure up, fear that Iíd look stupid, fear that Iíd look prideful thinking I could do something special for God. What Iíve realized over the past several years is that these feelings may end up as fear or worry, but their source is self-doubt.

Looking back, I see a pattern in my thinking that led to the pattern of my doubting.

As a child I thought I wasnít worth keeping. My insecurity kept me from riding amusement park rides, because I doubted my dad would wait for me. In school, I doubted I was smart enough and avoided some great opportunities because they came with the risk of failure. As a young bride, I doubted my husbandís faithfulness, although he gave me no reason to fear. Our newlywed memories include a lot of arguments about trust.

What about you? Do you ever agree with the whispers of doubt and throw away confidence that should be yours as a child of God? Are you tired of questioning whether you have what it takes to become the woman you want to be, or the woman God is calling you to be?

The first step to living with a confident heart is for us to recognize the power we give to self-doubt, then stand up to it and claim the confidence that is ours through Christ. That is what weíll be doing for the next seven days as we learn to live in the security of Godís promises in our everyday lives.

To get started, letís ask God to show us when we throw away our confidence this week, and help us throw off the weight of our insecurities instead.

Lord, I want to become a woman with a confident heart in Christ. Show me how to recognize when Iím tempted to throw away my confidence. And please help me throw away my insecurity instead. I want the reward of persevering in Your truth so that when I have done Your will, I will receive what You have promised. I donít want to be a woman who shrinks back and is destroyed but one who believes and is saved. When doubt or insecurity tells me I canít do something, I will remember that all things are possible to her who believes. In Jesusí name, Amen. (See Hebrews 10:35Ė36, 39; Mark 9:23)

Doubt Diet Tip: When you start a diet or physical training plan, experts recommend you complete a Body Mass Index analysis to determine if you are overweight, underweight, or in a healthy weight range.

Renee Swopeís passion is to lead women to live confidently in Christ. Through Biblical teaching, personal stories and powerful life applications, she shows us how to rely on - and live in - the power of Godís promises in our everyday lives. For more information about Renee and her ministry visit

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