“Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” – Mark 9:23-24

Recently, I was having a conversation with my dad, a longtime collegiate baseball coach, who said, “Our performance rarely, if ever, exceeds our self-image.” He went on to explain how some of his players struggle in the game because they play with a poor self-image and little confidence. Because of their lack of belief in themselves, they never play to their actual potential and talent. It’s hard to play well when you don’t believe you can.

Certainly, God wants you to play at your highest level and potential every game. God doesn’t intend for you to play the game you love enchained in shackles of doubt. In fact, Jesus died so that by believing in Him our chains would be broken. If belief in Jesus is supposed to break those chains, then why do we still play in them?

I have come to the conclusion that it is because we believe who the enemy tells us we are more than who Jesus says we are in Him. The enemy says we are weak, broken, and useless, but in Christ, the opposite is true of us. He says we are strong, whole, and full of purpose (Col. 2:6-15). Instead of trying to believe in yourself, the better advice is to believe in who Christ says you are. By abiding in Jesus daily, may what He declares about you break your chains and allow you to live and compete as His image-bearer.

  • Read and reflect on Colossians 2:6-15.
  • Repent of any self-doubt and unbelief you have.
  • Ask God to help you believe in who He says you are.