by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday, May 19
InTouch Early Light Devotional
While everyone wants to feel like a success, many - if not most of us - do not. It may seem surprising, but a good number of our Christian friends do not believe they are either.
One of the culprits is our fear. We may believe we lack the ability or have insufficient experience to accomplish the task God has given us. As a result, fear has become a dominant emotion. Instead of seeing ourselves as moving forward, we begin to visualize our failure. What do you see for yourself in the future - success or failure?
Another block to success is doubt. It makes us question our thinking, our God-given abilities, and even His direction. If we do not know what the Lord says in His Word, we may find it hard to understand what He is asking of us personally. Doubt may cause us to question whether the direction is from Him or not. Furthermore, past failures and guilt over prior mistakes can create doubt, just as critical comments from others can impede us. Has doubt slipped into your thinking?
Success can be hindered by the excuses we offer for not doing what God has asked. Adam blamed Eve; Eve blamed the serpent. Moses said he was not good at public speaking. What excuses have you been offering lately?
To remove these success blockers, we must: counter our fear with the truth of Scripture; remember we have received a spirit of power from the Lord (2 Timothy 1:7); and invest time in deepening our relationship with God so we will believe His instructions and obey.
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