Self-doubt Is A Dream Killer

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Lord, as You speak please help me listen with my whole heart and Holy Spirit please meet me today and make me more like Jesus.

Mark 11:23

Truly I say to you; whoever says to this mountain, “be taken up and cast into the sea”, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted to him.

For many years I doubted myself and my capabilities. I would overthink and over evaluate my task or my dream and think of all the negative outcomes. Whenever I began to doubt the dreams God had given me, I would procrastinate and eventually land up doing nothing. Self-doubt is like a judge, we are deciding the outcome in advance, in effect we’re telling God why we don’t trust Him or redefining what we think He meant. This doubt never allowed me to know how skilled, gifted and talented I was. It held me back for a very long time.

God has a unique way of putting dreams in our hearts that can terrify us. Those dreams are not meant to be accomplished alone. God designed them so that we can work on them together with Him. (Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”) How often do we forget that whenever He leads us, He will continue to walk with us every step of the way?

I often think about Mary, when the angel appeared to her to tell her that she will be pregnant with the Son of God. That she will give birth to the One who placed the stars in the sky, the One who created the universe, and she will carry Him to the nation and He will save the world. “What! That is just crazy, it sounds impossible.” That would be my reaction.

I love Mary’s reaction. She doesn’t freak out or doubt for one minute the things or the task that God has just given her. She did not respond, saying stuff like: “But I am too young,” “I am not qualified,” or “this task is just too big for me.” Mary responds in faith and obedience. Mary trusted God, which means she had a close intimate relationship with Him.

God makes provision for our shortcomings; that’s what makes Him so awesome. He knew the disciples would fail and mess up, but God eventually developed them into apostles, who preached fearlessly, performed miracles and taught. They were just ordinary men and women like you and I.

God would not place a dream in your heart if He knew you could not do it. What dreams has God given you that you have doubted? Maybe it’s time to go re-look at it. God wants to resurrect those dreams again and bring them back to life. God will provide the resources to carry out your dreams.

Jesus loves you so much. He will not just leave you hanging with your doubt. When Thomas doubted Jesus revealed Himself to him in such a way that every doubt vanished. God wants to build your understanding of Him until your faith is sufficient to trust and obey Him in each situation (Mark 9:23 If you can? said Jesus. Everything is possible for one who believes). Pray and ask God to reveal Himself to you so that your eyes are opened, ears can hear, and your heart can believe.

The only sure way to overcome doubt is to place your faith in the Word of God . Don’t allow your five senses to dominate your thinking. You must come to a place where God’s Word is more real to you than anything you can see, taste, hear, smell, or feel. When you’re in doubt, refer back to the Word of God . Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word.


  1. Are there areas in your life where you have doubt and unbelief , where you are struggling to see how God can move those mountains ? If yes , write them down , ask God to reveal Himself to you like he did with Thomas , until your doubt vanishes .
  2. What dreams has God placed in your heart that you have buried ? Ask the Lord to bring them back to life.
  3. Reading God’s word is the best way to overcome doubt , How often do you read and meditate on the word of God ? How does the word strengthen your Faith ?

Lord Jesus, It is sometimes hard to believe. We live in an age of doubts and lies, and our human minds constantly demand proof. But we believe, save us from unbelief. Please build our trust in you, and we pray that you reveal yourself to us so that our eyes are opened, our ears can hear and that our hearts can believe. Fill us with faith we pray.



Trust in you, by Lauren Daigle

by Renee van Der Walt