I bet you believe God is able to direct you. But do you ever doubt your ability to hear Him?
We Christ-followers know faith pleases God. Yet people of faith can be filled with doubt. At least I can. And doubt paralyzes. Here are three actions that revive my faith when doubts roll in.
1. Remember God’s promises.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight,” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NASB).
To trust in the Lord means to have confidence and to be secure in Him.  I get into trouble when I base my confidence on other things such as the following:
• My ability to hear God, instead of His ability to lead me.
• My ability to perceive clear direction, instead of His promise to direct my path.
• My understanding, instead of His wisdom.
On what is your confidence based?
2. Affirm your faith, not your fears.
Do you know the difference between “begging, doubting” prayers and prayers of faith? When I focus on God instead of my doubts, my prayers show it. Thank You Father for guiding my steps.
The word “acknowledge” means to know, learn to know, to perceive and see. 
This passage says the focus is not on finding the right path. It is on learning to know God in all areas of your life. Seeking to know God is different from seeking an answer.
Am I rehearsing my doubts or standing on God’s promises?
I’ve found that when I step out in a direction after I’ve asked God for guidance, the next step presents itself. When doors open, I don’t always sense a nudge to walk through or walk away, but I believe God’s promise. He directs me whether I’m aware of His leading or not.
In the movie The Italian Job, Lyle, a. k. a. “Napster,” used the city’s traffic lights to route the truck carrying the gold where he wanted it to go. The driver didn’t know the red and green lights were changing just for him. He just kept moving.
When we trust God, He directs our steps for our good and His glory (Ps. 23:3). We don’t have to feel His leading to trust it. Red and green lights nudge us along the right way. If we remember God’s involved, we won’t fret so much when we hit one of life’s red lights.
When I forget to practice my faith, doubt and fears hold me hostage. Standing on God’s promises frees me to pursue my dreams.
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