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Imposter Syndrome Doesn't Belong To Me



Is anyone else tired of hearing about imposter syndrome? I'm not saying that there isn't validity to imposter syndrome, because there is. I'm annoyed at the fact that it affects so many people - all the time. I've met women who are love the Lord, they are professional, degreed, beautiful family, edges, straight teeth - and they still feel inadequate to live their life to the fullest. This is a problem.


No matter how much evidence that proves that we are anointed, successful, worthy of that promotion, capable of leading worship effectively, excellent in writing, trustworthy, etc., we are inclined to hold to this diabolical belief that we aren't as capable or smart as others think we are. In essence, this is imposter syndrome and we've got to overcome it.


The Lord has been holding me accountable to negative self-talk, using restraint with my words concerning myself and dismantling envy laced remarks as wisdom. I know that's a loaded statement, but I've spent hours in prayer unlearning word curses that I previously thought was wisdom. I've included my podcast on word curses below if you need a point of reference. For some reason (my desire to honor leadership because my parents raised me right), I gave people an inkling that there opinions concerning me mattered to the extent that it could close doors and someone how "water down" my anointing. I had to learn to stand up for myself and denounce false prophecies over my life that were spoken out of envy, manipulation, deceit, control... you name it. I didn't cuss anyone out, I'm too refined for that. I didn't fight anyone. I reminded myself of the things God said concerning my identity.


No matter how much evidence that proves that we are anointed, successful, worthy of that promotion, capable of leading worship effectively, excellent in writing, trustworthy, etc., we hold to this diabolical belief that we aren't as capable or smart as others think we are. In essence, this is imposter syndrome and we've got to overcome it.

 

Identity In Christ


What God says about you matters. What the enemy says about you is a scare tactic. Don't get it confused. Your identity as a son or daughter is one of the greatest weapons you can wield in a time of existential crisis. There have been so many times that I just stopped what I was doing and declared aloud:


I am a daughter of Christ, my hope is in him.

I am trusted by God.

I am a member of the body of Christ.

I am loved by God.

I am seen by God.


I've experienced angelic activity declaring those exact statements. It's not a spell, it's a reminder to my own soul that I am not anything like the accusations that have come upon me.

So, let's get real. There are moments when you will question your identity. It's actually pretty normal, don't beat yourself up over it. In those moments of insecurity, remember that our insecurities are an invitation from God to demolish the lies and alternative facts that the enemy says about us. When you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are a new creature.


2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.


The old things, your old life... it's completely erased. You are made new. You are blood washed. Forgiven. Set Free. Redeemed. Glory to the lamb of God. However, the enemy has a habit of doing two things:


  1. Reminding you of your past sins

  2. Manipulating you into thinking you are someone that you are not


In those moments of insecurity, remember that our insecurities are an invitation from God to demolish the lies and alternative facts that the enemy says about us.

The enemy wants you to forget who you are in Christ so that he can tell you who he wants you to be. Read that part again. The enemy wants you to embody the word curses that were spoke over your life. After all, he was the root of it all right?


Below are four examples of how to effectively combat negative self-talk and word curses.

I'm just like my no-good father.

I am a son/daughter of Christ and I receive every attribute from the Father.

Because I'm fat, no one will ever want me.

I'm already loved.

I'm going to get sick and die early like every other woman in my family.

I come out of agreement with every generational curse and generational illness in Jesus Name.

No one will ever understand me. I am alone .

I am (or I will be) surrounded by people who love me. God loves me and understands me.

What God says about you matters. What the enemy says about you is a scare tactic.

Combating Fraudulent Activity


Knowing who and whose you are is the ultimate weapon against imposter syndrome. The original imposter syndrome study in the 1970s revolved around high-achieving women who had trouble attributing their own success to themselves. Today, imposter syndrome affects... well everyone. Especially, women who are on the brink of success. Here are four ways I've personally witnessed or experienced imposter syndrome:


  • At Work

People with an imposter mindset often attribute their success to "luck" rather than their own abilities and work ethic, which could hold them back from asking for a raise or applying for a promotion. God gave you every skill and ability that you possess. Honor those skills by asking your job for every penny you deserve.

  • Among Insecure Men.

Women with imposter mindset often give their pearls to men who can't find their way out of a paper box simply they are a man. The Lord will never ask you to dishonor yourself or allow abuse. The Lord will ask you to humble yourself, but humility can never be mistaken as abuse. Stop allowing insecure men to steal your ideas, time, purity, money, etc. You are smart. You are intelligent. You can walk circles around them. Use wisdom and discernment. But do not think that you don't deserve honor, promotion, platforms because you have a vagina. THE LORD WILL BREAK PROTOCOL FOR YOU. And you better be ready to walk through those doors with your head held high.

  • At Home.

Parents are almost always clueless. As a single woman with no kid's, I'm clueless now. I think that's the point. I will never know everything, which makes me stick to God like glue! Remember, we will always be completely inadequate outside of the power of the Holy Spirit. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we have been refined for his glory. We will be commissioned for his glory. We will run our households for his glory. We will love our spouses and children for his glory. Don't allow fear influence you into making illogical decisions. Continue to love, lead, and rest under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. You're covered under the blood of Jesus Christ.

  • In Romantic Relationships.

You can feel so unworthy of love and affection that you ruin a relationship. Don't self-sabotage yourself into a self-inflicted singleness. Please read that again. God is putting together kingdom relationships, and guess what? If you desire marriage and God has spoken to you about your future spouse, you deserve it. I don't care what your ex did to you or spoke over you, you are worthy of the love that is going to overwhelm you - in a good way.


Remember Who You Are (And Who You Are Not)


Testimony #1


One of my mentees called me and asked for prayer. She was suffering mentally because of some many closed doors and disappointments. As I prayed for her, I begin to remind her of who she was: a great wife, an exemplary mother, a generational curse breaker, a powerful evangelist, etc. and she began to scream. This wasn't a sound of praise, it was a sound of torment. I said, "GET OUT OF HER HEAD NOW". Immediately, her scream turned into a sigh - it was almost like relief. I prayed against mind games, etc., and she was completely delivered.


I'm noting this testimony because I don't want you to overlook the oppressive power of torment (through imposter syndrome). It's real and it is heavy.


Testimony #2


I was praying with an intercessor over a specific matter that I needed breakthrough in. The Lord would speak clearly in prayer, but over time, I realized that this intercessor seemed double minded. For example: God gave me specifics concerning the next steps for this ministry and my businesses. We would pray into the specifics with fervor. Then, when warfare rose, she would say things that were completely contrary to what God said. It made me question my moves and the instructions God gave to me. One time, I specifically remember getting sick while she was talking. I rebuked her, in love, but I was stern and explained how her loose words were an issue.


That incident troubled my spirit. The Lord began to ask me, "Dee, who are you?" I answered the Lord with specifics, and he said, "Dee, ____ is operating in confusion and torment. Sever the tie. It is not from me".


I did EXACTLY what the Lord said. I never spoke of this incident aloud, but confirmation came through a few prophets. I share this testimony because that intercessor, who I should have been able to trust, made me doubt who I was and who I was not. I forgave this intercessor and I take full responsibility for forgetting who I am AND who I am not. Even though it was for a fleeting moment, I doubted what he said. I'm embarrassed by that, but I know God's voice. I knew something was off and I didn't stop seeking the Father until clarity came.


Since that incident, most of the warfare has surrounded me directly links to what God said concerning me. How crazy is that?


I have had the distinguished honor of praying with women through the toughest seasons of their life (deliverance ministry has taken over everything at D.E.M.I. and I'm completely surrendered). Part of the weapon that I've wielded in deliverance is simply the authority of Jesus Christ given to me as a daughter. I'm not sweating, handling snakes, using fairy dust, burning sage, contacting the dead, using crystals, breathing heavy, none of that. I'm just sitting (that's another revelation for another day) boldly and decreeing the word of the Lord as a daughter. My identity as a daughter of Christ - not an imposter - is a weapon.





My prayer is for you to have the confidence to be authentically you. YOU ARE NOT AN IMPOSTER.


You are suppose to be here.

You are suppose to shine - that's why you are radiant.

Stop doubting yourself.

Arise.

Shine.



2 Corinthians 3:4-6


Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.


2 Corinthians 4: 8-10


We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.


Psalm 121:1-3 (GNTD)


I look to the mountains; where will my help come from? My help will come from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let you fall; your protector is always awake.

 

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Dr. Dee Evans CEO, Koinonia Training and Consulting CEO, The Dee Evans Group

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Dr. Dee Evans is an internationally recognized consultant and life coach. She has been awarded several leadership awards and she is a respected educator and Christian leader. She is the author of several books, which include: "God, I'm Disappointed, Procrastination: A Kingdom Perspective on the Theology of Work". Connect with Dr. Dee Evans by visiting the links below. The Dee Evans Group Blogs


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