God Will Encourage You!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Renee and I both happened to comment on an experience that we both recently, but independently experienced. As we talked, we realized that we’ve both had this experience on occasion. We just haven’t talked much about it. What’s the experience? God reaching out to encourage us at periodic moments of self-doubt.

As this surfaced in a conversation, we discovered that we both encounter occasional moments of self-doubt. They seem to be triggered by different events or happenings, but when they do, ungodly thoughts come like fiery darts. “Does anybody even really like me?” “Am I a good person?” “Do I really have anything to say that people want to hear?” “Am I a good spouse?” “Am I a good parent?” “What do my kids really think of me?” And on and on.

We have both been taught enough in the Word of God to know and recognize the source of these thoughts – the enemy of our soul – and what we should do with them. We cast them down in Jesus name. We focus on our love with God and those around us. We stay focused on working hard at everything God has given us to put our hand to. We do not let these darts of self-doubt become seeds in our heart for the enemy to water and grow within us. That would lead us to of the wrong places. Yet, when they come, even if we don’t entertain them and let them hang out, when they do show up, they hurt.

In the desert, Satan tried them on Jesus. “If you are the son of God….” He was trying to get Jesus to doubt who He was with the goal of getting Him to give up His faith on who He was. If he’ll work on Jesus, he’ll work on us.

My esteem has never been built upon confidence in myself. I know my shortcomings, my failings, and the areas of my life that need help. I know the limitations of my ability. Before Jesus, my ability and confidence produced a reckless and miserable life. So much for trusting in myself! But with Jesus and the revelation of His love and desire to help and work in me, I’ve grown in confidence – not confidence in myself but confidence in His faithfulness and love to always be with me and help me. As Proverbs 14:26 says, “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence and it is in this place that those who belong to Him will find refuge.”

When Jesus was attacked and dragged off from the garden of Gethsemane, all his disciples freaked, split, and abandoned him. All of them! But Jesus said that He wasn’t alone – that His Father had not abandoned Him. That is the confidence I have gained over the course of my life in Jesus. God will not abandon me!

Renee and I also realized that we have both encountered very special touches of God’s love and encouragement in those moments of self-doubt. We both had story after story of how when those moments came and those fiery darts hit, that as we talked to God, He always sent people across our path right on time to encourage us and put those lies where they belong, in the pit! I’d preach a message that I just wasn’t sure hit the mark. Doubt would come. For 24 hours the fiery darts would come. “What are you doing preaching to begin with?” “It’s not your calling.” And on and on. Suddenly, I’d get three emails or two voicemails by someone who had to let me know how my message changed their life and how thankful they were. Renee told me this same thing happened to her, over and over. It’s just that love of God reaching out to encourage when doubt tries to fill your mind and heart.

In the book of Judges, we read about Gideon. The people were crying out for God to help them. God sent an angel to Gideon. Why Gideon? I’m confident because of Gideon’s heart. God is always seeking the hearts of those who will live wholeheartedly for Him and serve Him. He sent an angel to Gideon. Gideon was not a confident man in himself. But God was confident in him for reasons of the heart leading the angel to speak these words to Gideon: “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (Judges 6:12)  Gideon experiences moments of self doubt but God encouraged his heart in word and through signs. It helped Gideon’s confidence and strengthened him in obedience to continue to walk out God’s plan.

We can ask God to encourage us in ways that only He could make happen. God knows that the enemy tries to discourage us to lose heart and quit or give up, or to doubt ourselves. He brings promises to us that if we respond to by faith, will touch our lives in ways that restore our strength and confidence that He loves and will help us. When you go through moments of self-doubt, just ask God to help you and then have faith He will. He is faithful and you will be encouraged.

Psalm 27:13-14  “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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9 thoughts on “God Will Encourage You!

  1. Thank you for your posts.

    Every time I see them on my Twitter timeline I feel inclined to read them. And they always help me in some way. Today more than ever!

  2. As always Brother Tim, I find the right words at the right time when I look to you for direction. During my season, it has been easy to fall into a pit of self-doubt. My worth has been defined on God’s grace and what he has in store in my life. I have lost greatly in my storm, but I also have gained the direction of our Father and it is good to know that we all go through these times of doubt, and maybe even question our own Faith as we move forward. One day, I plan to have a face to face with you and share the greatest story ever told in my life, the transformation of my life as so well written by our own Creator. Thank you for your continued support!

  3. Thank you for such an encouraging article, our GOD is truly amazing with HIS timing. I too was in this setting except I did allow it to sink in and for close a month I was bed ridden and so discouraged, however HIS love kept me a float and this article has confirmed it all. GOD bless and may you continue to run the race for HIS glory!

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