Three Reasons You Should Not Succumb to Fraud Syndrome
If you have achieved success in your business, then that should be commended. As Ecclesiastes 5:19 says, it is the gift of God when you can rejoice in your labor and take your portion as a result of attaining riches and wealth. Therefore, you should not feel like an impostor.
God knows exactly who you are—and who you are not. If you have been successful, then it is fine to acknowledge that God has blessed your efforts. But it is not good to put on a false humility. Neither is it good to believe that you had nothing to do with your success.
Don’t give into thinking you’re a fraud. Here are three DON’Ts to remember when you think you are an impostor.
1. DON’T discount your success.
When you have achieved success, you may be tempted to believe that it was all just luck or timing. But don’t give into that lie. Because you are not a fraud.
God has given you the ability to produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). While you should not exult in your wealth (Luke 12:16-20), neither should you have to apologize for it.
God has given you your success and your wealth. Receive both with thanksgiving. And do not feel like you are an impostor.
2. DON’T listen to self-doubt.
If you have been successful, don’t give into self-doubt. Self-doubt is not holy. You are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). So self-doubt is actually doubting God.
It is not healthy to doubt yourself. You are God’s temple and the Holy Spirit dwells in you (1 Corinthians 3:16), and you are God’s child (John 1:12). Therefore, believe that God is with you and has been with you.
Now don’t hear what I am not saying: I am not saying that you should be arrogant about your success. But I am saying that you have been made and inspired by the living God.
3. DON’T be your own critic.
In evaluating your success, don’t criticize your work. Because God has ordained it (Ephesians 2:10). And you are His fellow worker (2 Corinthians 6:1).
It is not healthy to be your own critic. Because it is not holy to put down something that God has done. When you criticize yourself, you are criticizing the image bearer of God (Genesis 1:27).
If God is for you, then you should not be against you (Romans 8:31). Because you are not an impostor.