Today we’re talking about guaranteed ways to overcome Imposter Syndrome as a Christian. We’ve all gone through it. If you’ve ever felt like you’re not as skilled or accomplished as others perceive you to be – you’ve gone through imposter syndrome. if you’ve experienced persistent doubt and fear of being exposed as a fraud – you’ve experienced imposter syndrome. Well, you’re not alone.
We will tackle reasons why impostor syndrome can manifest itself in the life of the believer and, also, how to fight back – but from a biblical perspective.
The solution for imposter syndrome isn’t about believing in our achievements and skills – it’s about recognizing who we are in Christ.
We’ll share our own experiences with imposter syndrome, and people from the Bible who went through it and use God’s response to these individuals as a model for how we can navigate our own experiences.
Three ways God’s people struggle with imposter syndrome:
- 1) our identity
- 2) our walk or manner of living
- 3) the work the Lord has called us to do in His Name
Question to consider:
Have you ever dealt with imposter syndrome in your life? Why? How did the Lord answer your insecurities?
What do we say to someone who is a new believer who does not feel holy, saved, or pure?
As Christians, we still sin from time to time. What do we do when the Devil comes to us, accusingly, saying we don’t really belong to the Lord? What do we do with the guilt?
In Genesis, the Lord called Moses to lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt. But Moses says that he is unqualified. How are Moses’ words a reflection of imposter syndrome?
How do we express similar ideas? Are there other Biblical figures who had similar hesitancy?
Are there Biblical figures who did not express hesitancy? How did they respond to the call?
What’s our responsibility or role in working on ourselves when we experience Imposter Syndrome as Christians?
Most professional advice on dealing with imposter syndrome is to “believe in yourself.” That has its uses – but…
For the Christian, the answer to overcoming imposter syndrome is never to look inward for a solution – we look upward, to the Lord.
Let’s remember that imposter syndrome is a common struggle, but it doesn’t define us. Our identity in Christ, our walk, and the work He has called us to do are all anchored in His promises. So, whether you’re feeling like you don’t fit in or struggling with doubts about your abilities, remember this: Recognize who you are in Christ. He gives us the power to do what He says.
You are not an imposter; you are a beloved child of God.