What To Do When You Feel Like A Fraud

What To Do When You Feel Like A Fraud

 

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

-Genesis 1:27

 

Have you been feeling like you’ve been putting up a facade?  Pretending to be something or someone that you’re not?  Perhaps you’ve been feeling like you’re not enough.  As if you’ve just been coasting along somehow not really knowing what you are doing and one day someone is going to notice. 

If these feelings sound familiar then I want to tell you that you are not alone.

I’ve recently learned that these feelings have a name.  It’s called The Imposter Syndrome.  Have you heard of it?

I hadn’t!

After recently feeling this way about my walk with Christ, I was led to do some research on how I was feeling.  To my surprise, I learned of the existence of this Imposter Syndrome.  Yes, it’s a thing and apparently, it even has five subcategories.

I won’t talk about all the details of the phenomena here but you can learn more about it on the American Psychology Association website or here on Forbes’ website.  I found some good information about overcoming this syndromes powerful attack on your self-worth. 

However, If this is something that you or someone you know struggles with, I’d like to share with you how to combat this debilitating syndrome from a biblical perspective.

…but first

The Back Story

I began my new blog recently and decided that I would not just talk about my passions around family and homemaking but also my faith. 

As a fairly new Christian, I began to question whether I was qualified to be speaking on bible principals.  I began to think “I was baptized just a few years ago, who am I to quote scripture to people or provide biblical advice?” 

I found myself paralyzed by the thought and even stopped writing blog posts. 

I began noticing a downward spiral and began questioning all of my abilities and beliefs.  “Am I really a Christian?”  “What makes me so righteous?”  “Who’s going to read the things that I write anyway?”  …and the list went on.

Until I broke down and began to cry.

I cried out to God to help me through this.  Because If I was not truly His daughter and a part of His kingdom, then who was I? 

I sat in my bed feeling downright discouraged when the Holy Spirit guided me to just type in the words “feeling like a fraud” into my Google search bar. 

The very first article that I read talked about The Imposter Syndrome.  I can’t tell you exactly why but it gave me so much hope to know that this was a real thing, even though it is not considered an official diagnosis.  It made me feel like I wasn’t alone.

The best part about my experience was that it brought me back to my bible for the real answers to what I was experiencing. 

Here’s what I learned

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. -John 1:12

The very first thing the Holy Spirit lead me to consider after learning about this disorder was to think about the Enemy and how he uses tactics such as these to derail us. 

I noticed that the very first thing I did when I began feeling this way was to STOP WRITING. 

I didn’t look up any scriptures.  I didn’t even open my bible because I was feeling so much like a fraud, I felt too ashamed to do so.

The first thing I needed to do was open my bible and find scriptures to help me through.  I needed to remember who I am.

“He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will”  Ephesians 1:5

I prayed for strength, wisdom, and forgiveness. 

I was watching a sermon by Dr. Tony Evans on YouTube.  He talked about praying in the Spirit.  He shared that praying in the Spirit means that you are praying using the scriptures.  Basically, praying back scripture to God. 

He stated that the righteous when they pray back scripture can rest easy knowing that their prayers are already answered because what they are praying for is aligned with the Word of God. 

I found this to be true and loved how easy it was to understand.

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” 

-Romans 8:26

In addition to praying in the Spirit, I knew I needed to take action.

I needed to get back to the business of operating in my gift.  I needed to move forward and not stop because that is what the Enemy was trying to get me to do. 

I began writing again, and you’ve probably guessed the first topic I wrote about when I got back to it.  That’s right, this post.

I needed to share my testimony with you.

When I learned that this Imposter Syndrome was a common thing, I felt compelled to share my experience.  Who knows how many women are going through this and feeling completely alone.

I also felt compelled to share how I overcame these feeling almost instantly with the steps that I’ve shared with you today.

So just to recap those five steps…

  1. Recognize that the Imposter Syndrome is a tool of the Enemy
  2. Remember who you are
  3. Pray in the Spirit using scripture in your prayer
  4. Take action and move forward toward your calling
  5. Praise God and share your testimony

It is my sincere hope that if you or someone you know is experiencing these feelings, that you will find these suggestions helpful. 

Review the scriptures that I’ve listed here or read others that assist in helping you to remember God’s love for you.  You are His beloved and that you are ALWAYS exactly where you are supposed to be because it is His will.

What to do When You Feel Like A Fraud

 

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Blessings to you Friend!

 

Claudea 

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