Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Enemies To Success: Doubt
But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, 'Lord, save me!' And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, 'O you of little faith, why did you doubt?' And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
Matthew 14:30-32 (NKJV)
When God's performers accept His assignment to go into the world, they become beautiful targets. The enemy does not want them promoted. He will use every weapon at his disposal to stop them. 'Them' includes you and me.
God allows tough tests to strengthen us. 'Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you' (1 Peter 4:12).
But remember that your success is 100% guaranteed by God Himself. The timing and circumstances are His--but sweet victory in the entertainment industry will come.
Unless you stop.
Pushing you to quit is Satan's goal. Since he cannot touch a spirit-filled performer, what are his weapons? Whispering doubt in your ear. 'Am I good enough? Is this really a calling from God? Why is it so hard? Maybe I don't belong here.'
Like you, Peter was called out into a new world. He spoke out, stepped out, and even challenged Jesus on occasion. He made mistakes, and in the aftermath, fear drove him to doubt himself and to deny Jesus. Peter had faults, but he never stopped.
Learn from Peter's doubts, errors, and successes. Celebrate Peter's victory. You have the same potential to become famous for God. When Peter doubted, He turned to Jesus. And every time, Jesus was there to lift him up. Jesus will lift you up, too.
If you feel doubtful, open the Bible, call a good friend, and turn to Jesus. Cast your doubt upon Him. He understands it, and He will sustain you.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Enemies and Friends To Success series.