Believe in yourself. No matter what circumstance you find yourself in, no matter where you come from or where we you are going, no matter what education level you have, and no matter how tough life gets, believe in you. But in such a chaotic world full of deception and lies and in what that lie creates, the brokenness of people…
How do you believe in yourself in such a deceptive world? How do you believe in yourself after all the lies that have been told to other people or maybe they have been told to you? How do we believe in ourselves after we have been hurt by so many people? The enemy tells us that we will not succeed at anything we do or that if we do not do what he wants (by controlling our actions) we will fail. He sticks his head up and sneaks into our lives so deceitfully that by the time we have noticed, it’s too late. We have just become victim to a wrong choice in life that will affect us from one generation to the next.
How do we overcome every fear known to mankind? Because it is fear that drives us to lie. It is fear that causes us to talk down on one another. It is fear that puffs us up and makes us think that we are the most corrupt “homie” in the land and that no one can stop us. It is fear that tells us that we cannot when God tells us that we can. But there is no fear in God, for God did not give us a spirit of fear.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)
The fear of the lord leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble. (Proverbs 19:23)
So how do we overcome fear?
We put everything we have into trusting our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If we believe that God exists and that he gave his only Son for our sins then we should believe all the way and not part or halfhearted that God can deliver us from anything. God wants it all not some part or half, but all of our hearts. He wants us to trust him in a way that in no matter the circumstance we know with all of our being that he will save us out of every trouble even though chaos is right at our front door. This is how you overcome fear: God throws us in the fire and allows us to stay there for a while so that we can be tested, tried and tried again. Well how do you know that Calvin, because he has done it many of times for me and my family. Yes I am a witness to the power and saving grace of Christ and not only I, but my wife and though they do not understand right now my kids also are a witness, He is no joke. We absolutely 100% live by the Word of God and the Lord tests us in His Word every day. From Genesis to Revelations, God refines the people whom He loves through the books that will always stand as His written word in the bible.
God is the only source who will allow you to believe in yourself in such a way that only he can. First of all, he will show you how to be content in your own skin. You will not need to look to others for approval or admiration, he is all the approval you need. Second of all, he will show you how to let go of years of pain in order to see him clearly. You will need to clean the murky waters of yesterday in order to see the now that God wants you to see today. This will be entirely up to you, because this you will have to want to do. God will not force anyone to change, only encourage. And the only way you are going to want to do it is if you get completely tired of your own mess. Third, we have to let God be God. How can we being mortal made by God tell God how we should run our life? Does He who has made all things not have it (all things) under control? Can we make the earth spin on its axis?
How can we say we trust God if we do not allow ourselves to give ourselves completely over to him? In other words, how much of our lives does God influence? One arm, two legs, three fingers, or is it the whole body from the inside out? I believe one of the first important keys in believing in you is to fully believe in the God who created you first.
One of the lessons that I learned from watching Nik Wallenda cross the Grand Canyon on a two inch rope of steal is that this guy believed in himself. But what is more important than that is he believed in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ first. Even if walking across a gorge on a wire sounds pretty crazy, we need to have crazy faith like that in order to achieve BIG things. Extraordinary things, great things, crazy faith things. Jesus said that we would do greater things than what He did. However, I do not believe Jesus would have to use a rope to cross the Grand Canyon, but I do believe that we as a people trusting and believing in God with every inch of our being will do things never heard of in this generation. You can only use your imagination in the type of things that God is capable of doing through us only if it is His will and for His glory.
The bible says that nothing is impossible for God. And considering where He has brought me and my family from so far, I believe also with everything in me that there is nothing impossible for God. I believe in myself because God believes in me and I believe in Him. My walk is not a regurgitated walk from someone else’s experiences or just memorizing verses. It is a genuine relationship with the Most High God developed over time from great hardship that only first-hand experience can explain.
I cannot speak from other people’s experiences because I did not walk in their shoes, but I can speak from my own experiences and testify to the power of God. Nik trained hard to be able to face his fears and walk over a canyon on a rope, but that training alone did not accomplish the job. The man had to believe he could do it and that God could help him do it, he had to have crazy faith. All things are possible if we allow God to change us and use us for His glory. Is it easy, no, but neither was dying on a cross for the sins of man. Compared to that our job of letting go and letting God is easy. Believe in yourself, because God believed in you first.
If you really want your life to change, separate yourself from negative people.
Scripture taken from the NIV Study Bible, Zondervan