In Possession of Everything

Too much self-doubt is as dangerous as too much self-confidence.

There are all kinds of factors that come into play when we are looking for reasons why we doubt ourselves. We can "blame" any one of them for making us who we are. In the end we are what we allow ourselves to be and no one can be blamed for that except ourselves.

Paul had some great words of wisdom to share as he began his letter to the believers in Corinth. Before the apostle dropped the bomb on them about the chaos in their community, he told them this: "...in him you have been enriched in every way–in all your speaking and in all your knowledge–because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful" (1 Corinthians 1:4-9, NIV).

This is an important passage to remember when we doubt that we can do, and be, what God has asked us to do and be. It's all there for us, and God is faithful in guaranteeing that what He has gifted us with will do what He intended it to do in us and through us.

We certainly have reason to doubt ourselves, but we never have reason to doubt God. "It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, 'Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.'" (1 Corinthians 1:30, 31, NIV).

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