#1 – "I Cannot…"
One of the things that seems to be appearing over and over again to me as I read the Scriptures is this thought…
At the end of the day…I am a servant of the Most High God! AND…a servant can do EXACTLY what his master has commanded him to do because he is operating under the power and authority of the One who called, equipped and empowered him to serve in the first place.
You can do EXACTLY what God called you to do!!! Don't back down!
#2 – "I Am Not As Good As…"
Comparing yourself to other ministers and/or ministries is one of the quickest ways to go insane and completely lose your focus on who God is and what He has called you to do.
We should learn from "them" but focus on "HIM!"
There will always be someone who does something better than you! Your call isn't to imitate people but to focus on Christ!!!
#3 – "I Failed Before"
Of course you did!!!
All great leaders have failed at something significant!
However, what makes them great is that they do not allow their failures to define them. They pick up the pieces and move forward. They learn lessons from their failure…if there was a sin issue involved they repent and submit to Jesus and the leadership of others…and then they get on with life!!!
Peter failed! Remember when he tried to cut off the servants ear and had to be rebuked by Jesus!!! YET when it came to Acts 2 and the day of Pentecost he was the guy who Jesus anointed to preach the Gospel and see over 3k new believers!
#4 – "All Hope Is Gone"
Uh…the only problem with that thought is THE TOMB IS EMPTY…and as long as that is a reality then there is always hope…ALWAYS!
I know some reading this feel like you are just about at the end of your rope…but from my personal experience I've discovered when I do get to the end of my rope Jesus is always there saying, "what took you so long?"
Losing hope can bring about times of intense desperation…but quite often intense desperation leads to undeniable revelation!!! When we lose hope and believe that things are just about over…well…that's always a time for God to remind us of WHO HE IS and what He is capable of!