Will Reagan and Freddie Washington wrote a song called, “Lay it all down”. This song speaks to my soul. The line, “Filled with all those anxious thoughts and your doubts became your God,” penetrates the depths of my being. Have I made doubts my god? By focusing on those so much, have I made my doubts compete with my God?
I’ve always heard let your faith be bigger than your fear. I just didn’t realize my faith needed to be bigger than my doubts.
Doubt: fear; to lack confidence in; distrust; to be uncertain.
I’ve been plagued by doubts all my life. Am I good enough? Pretty enough? Skinny enough? Smart enough? Funny enough? Did I say the right thing? Did I do the right thing? Do enough? Do too much? Did I give it my all? Should I have done that? Maybe I shouldn’t have done that? Why am I always messing up? Why do I always do that? How come nothing changes? Why am I always unsure? Which direction do I go? God is this from you or me or the enemy? Why don’t I know?
So many uncertain thoughts. I’m plagued with second-guessing myself. Doubt has robbed me of joy as I obsess and over-analyze every little thing.
My mind is a battlefield. I’ve always heard about the battleground of faith and spiritual warfare. I just didn’t realize that the battlefield was my mind and the doubts are one of the weapons. My mind can be a dark and twisty place. The thoughts, the debates, the patterns, that I have developed over my lifetime are detrimental to not only my well-being, but my spiritual growth, my freedom. I’ve been holding myself back all my life by the way I have been thinking. Have you?
Since the beginning, back in the Garden of Eden, Satan has used doubt. “Did God really say..?.” Doubt. He didn’t need to prove God wrong. He simply needed to cast doubt that He may not be completely right. Doubt is Satan’s greatest weapon. God tells us that no weapon formed against as will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). We have that promise, but the enemy likes to come in and ask, “But did God really say that promise is for us?”
A defense attorney has one job in the courtroom- to create doubt. They do not have to prove their client is innocent. All they have to do is simply show they could be. The prosecutor provides the evidence and has point after point as to why the accused is guilty, but the defense attorney simply has to ask enough questions to create doubt that things may not be as they appear.
Satan is real, active, and dead-set on keeping us from God’s greatness. He is a liar, a deceiver, an accuser who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. One doubt he loves to cast on us is the lie that he even exists. “These crazy Bible people can’t really believe the devil is real and the powers of darkness are trying to attack them? That’s nuts.” But is it?
He doesn’t have to prove us wrong or give us any facts. He doesn’t have to make us believe God isn’t real, He simply has to cast enough doubts to keep us where we are at. How many times have you allowed your doubts to keep you from moving forward? The enemy doesn’t need you to run back, he simply wants you to stop moving forward.
That desire, that dream, that idea you had that excited you so much that you started to step out into it, that is exactly what he wants you to stop doing. He starts piling on the doubts and we allow them to set in. As we listen, we stop moving forward. Soon enough, we have let the fire of another dream or desire burn out because we allowed the enemy to pour the water of doubt onto it. Ever happen to you?
Naysayer: one who denies, refuses, opposes or is skeptical or cynical about something.
Do you have a little naysayer inside you? I sure do. For years, I have allowed it to trap me. God’s not big enough to break my addictions. I am not good enough to receive His love. His grace can’t cover me. I’m not thin enough to have someone want to marry me. I don’t have what it takes to be successful. My business will never succeed. Things will never get better. I will always be like this. Things will never change.
That little naysayer voice inside of us creates doubt, chaos, confusion, anxiety, and we have given it a bigger voice than our own. Even worse, than God’s. If you’re like me (and perhaps you’re not and don’t have all these crazy irrational thought patterns that need to be dealt with- praise God!), you have believed that voice inside you. That little naysayer holding you back. Maybe, like me, you have even believed that the naysayer within is your voice. That the skepticism, that the negativity, that the doubt, all of it is from you and that it’s your true beliefs so perhaps you should listen. Have you believed that lie?
I am telling you now, that is NOT you. That is NOT the voice of God. That voice does NOT have to have the greatest impact. You may have been listening to that voice for so long, you think it is part of you, but it is not. God did not create us to walk around thinking negatively, comparing ourselves to others, looking at life with a skeptical eye, pessimistic about things, afraid to go after our dreams and desires… He created us to have hope. He created us to be full of joy. He created us to be kept in perfect peace. He created us for so much more. To do more. To be more. To have life and life in abundance (John 10:10).
But in order to have life and life in abundance, we must first get rid of the thoughts and beliefs that are holding us back. The spirit of fear, the spirit of disbelief, the spirit of doubt, we must lay it all down at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to take it from us, heal us, and release us. He will.
We must be diligent and vigilant when it comes to our thoughts. We must take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) and immediately give Him the ones that do not belong. We cannot allow them to take root in our minds and start to grow. We cannot harbor these fugitive thoughts.
Fugitive: something elusive or hard to find; moving from place to place; difficult to grasp or retain.
We must be on guard and remove those things immediately because if we allow them in, they will slip into the depths of our mind and start to grow into bigger and far worse things than the thoughts themselves. These doubtful thoughts left unchecked can end up leading us into temptation and causing us to sin, creating greater anxiety, depression, separation, darkness.
“You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.” -Isaiah 26:3
The only way to combat those thoughts is through the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. It’s a two-part approach. We must first lay the negativity, the doubts, the fear at the feet of Jesus. Then we must pick up His truth. We can’t just lay down the bad without picking up the good or it creates an opening for other lies to be planted.
Lay down “I am certain I can’t” and pick up the truth that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
Lay down “I will never change” and pick up the truth that God is renewing my mind daily (Ephesians 5:23).
Lay down “I’m not good enough” and pick up the truth that I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
Whatever doubt you are listening to, there is a Bible verse that speaks to it. See for yourself. Can’t find one? Message me and I will for you.
We have to be dependent on the truth to combat the lies. We have to know God’s word to remove the doubt. We have to allow His voice to penetrate and saturate our thoughts to battle the doubt within. We have to be willing to lay it down at His feet and pick up the truth He gives, the kindness, the knowledge, the love, the purpose that He freely gives us.
He has so much more for each one of our lives. He has a purpose for each one of us. He has planted desires in our hearts that He will see through to completion. We must stop allowing the doubts to overwhelm us to the point it stops us from pursing our dreams.
Let go of those doubts you’re holding onto because you think you can get rid of it on your own. You can’t. If you could, you would have already. You cannot do it on your own, but you do have a choice. Keep listening to the doubt trying to rid ourselves of it on our own creating more anxiety because you can’t or lay it all down at the feet of Jesus and ask Him, the only one who can, to help heal you from doubt.