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AUDIO: The Scariest Belief of All

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

Let’s face it, most beliefs that are inflicting agony on us are camouflaged in ideas that seem good, even accurate.

Knowing what I’ve been through, recently someone gave me what they meant as a compliment and it got stuck in my head as the greatest accusation of my life. They simply commented that I was one of the most self-confident people they’d ever met; that statement hung in the air like smoke.

I found myself accepting it and rejecting it at the same time.

A Glaring Christian Leadership Mistake

There’s no doubt, I used to have powerful self-confidence. I believed in myself. Now, that thought scares me to death. I don’t believe in myself, I believe in what God can do through me. That truly is the MOTHER of all beliefs I choose to accept. That belief gives birth to unlimited Breakthrough.

There is a huge mistake floating around leadership circles and, surprisingly, even in Christian leadership circles. It’s this idea of believing in ourselves.

Don’t get me wrong.

I can’t speak five minutes without talking about the power of beliefs and the various ways we accept them into our lives. Generally, the beliefs we accept happen accidentally. Circumstantially even. We extrapolate evidence from random inputs and become the result of that hailstorm.

Then, along comes a few thousand books and agnostic authors who hijack our created purpose and begin the humanistic idea that the answers, strength and purpose are found in simply loving and believing in ourselves.

What Does The Bible Say About Self-Belief?

I agree we should reject self-diminishing beliefs and frame new ones intentionally, but if there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that believing in ourselves is dangerous.

Did Abraham, the father of all Christian nations, believe in himself? He depended on Gods promise and his faith was that God would fulfill what He had promised, even when his own body was as good as dead. (Romans 4:19) The bible says he believed AGAINST ALL ODDS. Are you believing against all odds? I doubt it.

God, I thought you would make it easy, would clear the way, would open every door and take me straight from here to THERE.

What does God say about us? About our path? About our journey? We are given many powerful promises that we must cling to. We won’t achieve anything beyond ourselves unless we pursue God’s promises in faith.

Faith is the evidence of things NOT seen. To believe in ourselves means to believe we can overcome those obstacles, rather than believing that God has already overcome them and will overcome them through us.

We must believe, not in ourselves but in what God is capable to do through us. We express our belief, our faith, in gratitude before we see the evidence; peace in the midst of storm; trust when the odds seem stacked against us.

You can be sure of two things when it comes to breakthrough-level belief: it begins where your current capability ends and it extends beyond the circumstantial evidence standing in your way.

Add your comments to the conversation: Has your leadership ever fallen into the self-belief trap, instead of putting your faith in God’s plan for you? Post your reply below.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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