God created you and you are His workmanship—and He has work He wants you to do (Ephesians 2:10). God would not call you to do something and not come through. So don’t limit yourself by telling yourself lies.
When you are limiting yourself, you are listening more to the enemy of your soul than to God. God is not impressed with the lies you tell yourself, even if they sound holy.
To identify where you may be limiting yourself, here are three lies you should never tell yourself.
“I don’t think I could do that.”
But many Christians don’t do what God has called them to do because they don’t think they could do it. But is the Lord’s arm too short (Numbers 11:23)?
God told the Israelites to take the Promised Land. God had already given it to them. They just had to take it. But they didn’t believe they could do it. They thought they were inadequate to the task (Numbers 13:31-33).
The Israelites looked at their circumstances more than they looked at God. After all, who created the circumstances? He created that situation because He wanted to build their faith. God wants to do the same through you. He wants you to trust that He can do something through you that seems impossible, so He gets the glory and not you.
“I’m not worthy to do that.”
It’s true that God exalts the humble but humbles the exalted (1 Peter 5:6). But what exactly is humility? Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
When we say that something is too grand for us to do, then that is a form of backwards pride. By thinking we are not worthy to do something, we focus on ourselves too much. Instead we should focus on God and on what He can do.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Remember: He is the potter, and you are just the clay (Romans 9:20-21). Who are you to second guess why God made you? If you won’t respond to His calling, then He will find someone else to do it.
“I don’t have what it takes.”
God does not call the equipped; instead He equips the called. God will give you exactly what you need in order to do what He has called you to do.
Neither Gideon (Judges 6) nor Moses (Exodus 3-4) felt that they had the resources to do what God was calling them to do. They both felt that they didn’t have what they needed to heed God’s call. But God came through and did what He promised.
God will do what He will do. But He wants to work through you to do His will. He is looking for ordinary people with willing hearts and willing hands.
You can be a part of God’s great adventure of faith. You can be like the ones of the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11). But you must not tell yourself lies that limit what God can do through you.