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Who Are You to do This? People Need What You Have to Share!

Has a little voice ever tried to derail you, saying, “Who are you to do this?” It happens so often that it has a name: Impostor Syndrome! Let me share an example . . . and a response to it: Banish the thought!

I’ve felt God calling me to write my next book, and the call has been confirmed by rhema (hearing God’s voice in quiet meditation), scripture passages, prayer partners, mentors, and Spirit Media, who will publish my next book. Still, the battle rages; spiritual warfare has been trying to steer me away from writing it, confusing me, and planting doubts–trying to interfere with my obedience to God’s call. This week, I read some excellent spiritual writing by various authors. The thought that quickly popped into my head was, “So, who are you to write this next book, especially as you come across others who seem to be talking about some of the same topics so well?” 

Blessedly, I am familiar with the lies and tactics of the adversary because I’ve been involved with Unbound, a practical, loving Christian healing and deliverance ministry, for almost a decade. I can quickly recognize the unclean spirits of confusion, comparison, doubt, self-reliance, independence, and so forth. So I command them in Jesus’ name to get out right away, along with every lie that pops into my mind about unworthiness, being an impostor, not being good enough, and every fear about the book being a failure or exposing me to criticism. Instead, I say to God, “I am only going to complete this project with Your strength, inspiration, guidance, and, indeed, your perfecting of the work. It’s yours, and I’m your instrument. It’s not a competition, and I rejoice that other authors are writing about similar topics, for I’m convinced that the world desperately needs the messages we’re sharing! Do you confirm that, Lord?”

The Holy Spirit confirmed, “We can’t have too many people sharing God’s wonders, nor too many women helping other women to be who they were created to be! Different people will be reached and touched by different authors, and each one writes from a lifetime of different experiences. I called you to write what I’m leading you to write because individuals are varied, and there are people who need to read or hear what you, in particular, have to share.” Hallelujah! Let’s all serve as called and be overcomers through Christ!

Of course, this doesn’t apply only to authors but to everyone who’s expressing or creating what God inspires them to share with others. This reminds me of a favorite quote from the legendary choreographer Martha Graham: 

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, how valuable, or how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You must keep yourself open and aware of the urges that motivate you.” 

So, who are you to do what the Lord’s calling you to do? You are the one and only person called for that particular purpose. You were created to do good work God planned in advance for you to do (Eph. 2:10). So do it, and enjoy working with the Holy Spirit in the process!

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