Someone is doubting you right now. Someone is counting you out. Dismissing you. Thinking you will never have what it takes to do what you’re trying to do.
They would never think you’re capable of moving forward on this path before you, so they assume you won’t take the next step. They would never believe you have a greater power within you that would cause you to rise above every obstacle and do impossible things.
You see, they just think you’re normal.
There’s nothing special about you.
Indeed, someone has taken your name off the list of possibilities. You’ve been overlooked. Someone has assumed you will never be more than you already are. Someone has already written your story, and that story says you’ll never do anything different than you’ve already done.
WELL, SOMEONE IS WRONG!
Someone doesn’t who is standing right by your side.
Someone doesn’t know whose power is dwelling inside of you.
Someone doesn’t know how mighty and capable you can become.
Someone doesn’t know you have been called to do impossible things.
AND WHAT IF THAT SOMEONE IS YOU?
There will always be a crowd of naysayers. Doubters will always gather and whisper. The ‘Uh-Oh Squad’ will forever be pointing out your shortcomings. (You know the squad that just waits for you to screw up then says ‘uh-oh, she shouldn’t have said that. Uh-oh she messed that up, didn’t she. Yeah, that’s the ‘Uh-Oh Squad’ always looking for the uh-oh to point out.)
But check yourself here this morning … Have you been Queen Bee Naysayer of your own life? Have you been Head Master Doubter? Have you been President of your own the ‘Uh-Oh Squad’?
The someone doubting you right now is likely YOU.
The someone counting you out, yip, she’s staring back at you in the mirror.
The someone dismissing you, thinking you will never have what it takes to do what you’re trying to do, it’s YOU.
You think you’re not capable.
You think you can’t take the next step.
You believe you’re just normal.
You believe you’re ordinary.
You believe there’s nothing special or remarkable about you.
BUT GIRL, LOOK WHO IS STANDING NEXT TO YOU!
Have you forgotten the God of all creation, the one who can make all things possible is standing right by you and he will never leave you or forsake you?
Have you forgotten the power of the Almighty dwells within you, prompting you in supernatural ways? Don’t you know he guides your steps, he makes your paths straight, he gives your feet solid ground?
Have you forgotten his power is made perfect in your weakness, so you actually stand here perfect right now. Perfectly filled with power to do every single thing you need to do today!
David was a little shepherd boy who walks on the scene with nothing more than lunch for his older brothers. He’s arrived that day as a delivery boy, but he would be delivering a whole lot more than just lunch. He would be delivering a display of God’s miraculous power that you and I would still be talking about over 3,000 years later.
David arrives to his brothers to find the Giant Goliath taunting the Israelites. For 40 days this giant of a man had been threatening them, leaving them terrified to move forward in battle. At the time, David is just a young teenager. He had never been in war like his brothers, and he was only there to deliver lunch. When David pipes up and says, “I’ll fight Goliath”, he is of course dismissed.
No one, not his brothers, not the other soldiers, and certainly not the King thought for one second David would stand a chance against this giant. They counted him out. They doubted him. They thought he for sure didn’t have what it would take to win.
But it didn’t matter what they said. The naysayers could say what they were going to say. The ‘Uh-Oh Squad’ could uh-oh themselves silly all day long. The doubters gonna doubt and come on Taylor Swift, sing it with me, the haters gonna hate, hate, hate. But you know what David did? David said I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake it off, shake it off.
Why are you letting what others say about you stop you? Why would you care what they think of you? Girl, you gotta shake that off.
What they said about David couldn’t stop him, but what David said about David most certainly could.
If David would have started telling himself how he is the least likely of everyone there to do anything, how he wasn’t good enough, strong enough, or believed in by anyone else, guess what would have happened? NOT A DARN THING.
And honey, if you keep telling yourself you’re not good enough, you’re not strong enough, and nothing will ever change in your life, then guess what will happen? NOT A DARN THING FOR YOU EITHER. Nothing will change. You won’t ever feel strong enough, so you’ll never even try. You will never just wake up one morning to look in the mirror and find that you actually look good enough. You’ll always look slightly less than good enough in your own eyes if you keep telling yourself the same sad stories.
But David told himself a different story.
1 Samuel 17: 32-37 David approaches King Saul and says, “Don’t worry about this Philistine, I’ll go fight him!” “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. (Listen, this is the story David is telling himself.) “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”
David is saying, in the face of all doubt and fear, I am good enough and I know exactly who stands beside me!
Girlfriend, you gotta dig down deep in your soul and get you some of that fight! I AM GOOD ENOUGH AND I KNOW EXACTLY WHO STANDS BESIDE ME!
You’ve been doubting yourself and your ability to do what needs to be done next. You’ve been playing out stories of defeat for yourself. STOP THAT. Others are going to say what others are going to say about you. Let them. But darn it, don’t you be saying it with them. If God can equip a young teenage boy to fight a giant no one else would dare face, then don’t you think God can equip you to do what you need to do next?
David could have dismissed himself from the mighty display of God’s power in his life. He could have talked himself right out of taking that next step. He could have let the doubts and fears of everyone else get in his head and defeat him. But he knew GOD WAS WITH HIM. Others doubted him because they didn’t know God was by his side. But David didn’t doubt that. And he knew “with God, all things are possible!”
David refused all the King’s armor and instead opted for 5 smooth stones from the river. Then here’s how the rest of the story goes …
“Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods.“Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.
David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (SAVAGE!!!!)
As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.
So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.
As King Saul watched David go out to fight the Philistine, he asked Abner, the commander of his army, “Abner, whose son is this young man?”
“I really don’t know,” Abner declared.
“Well, find out who he is!” the king told him.
As soon as David returned from killing Goliath, Abner brought him to Saul with the Philistine’s head still in his hand. “Tell me about your father, young man,” Saul said.
And David replied, “His name is Jesse, and we live in Bethlehem.”
(End of chapter. DomDomDom … and there’s a long pause for effect with dramatic music.) What will happen next? Oh yes, in the next season, little shepherd boy David will be chosen as King, and he becomes King David!)
And none of this would have happened if David would have joined the naysayers, the doubters and the fear driven negativity that surrounded him. But because David believed in the One who stood next to him, and the supernatural power he would be led by, David stepped boldly into a future no one could have ever imagined!
Now honey, it’s your turn. It’s your turn to know who stands next to you. It’s your turn to believe with God, all things truly are possible. It’s your turn to know there is power living inside of you that can bring down any giant, cross any river, move any mountain, and make any wall standing in the way crumble.
What will you be saying about yourself today? Will you doubt? Will you fear? Or will you declare it’s all possible because of the One who is for you, not against you, offering you victory today. But remember, victory only comes in the battles you’re willing to show up for!
What are you going to do about those dreams and desires in your heart? What are you going to do with those promptings? What are you going to do about this problem? Hear God today as he says “I am here with you, do not doubt.”