Tuesday, May 17, 2016

cultivate confidence in God

When we talk about the problem of a lack of trusting God or a lack of confidence all of us can find one or more areas in our lives that we are comfortable with or just have no confidence at all.  Almost all of us are uncertain about areas of our lives.  Maybe it is the way we look or how much money we have or how we feel.  You know if I could just change these 30 things about me.  Think about it.

Often the people who appear the most confident are those who have the least confidence.  If I don’t feel confident, I just don’t show up.  I don’t try or I back off.  And here is the biggest tragedy — we aren’t living the life God wants us to live because we don’t have confidence that God intends for us to have. 

How often do our insecurities keep us from following dreams.  Our insecurities keep us from being who God made us to be or from doing what God called us to do.

1 Corinthians 10:12 MSG
Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.

Not me but Christ.  John 3:30 says less of me and more of God.  That is a big deal.  Here is another way to see it, Self confidence is useless.  But having God confidence is big time useful and will take us places we could not go without him and help us be who He called us to be.

There is nothing wrong with being confident.  But if we want to honor God we will trust Him more than anything else.

Psalm 57:7 NLT
My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!

There is something different when we have confidence that sticks.  Our own confidence is weak or will fail or come to an end.  God never comes to an end.  We can always trust God, right?

By trusting in ourselves, we miss the best God has for us.  By trusting in anything or anyone other than God we literally throw away our confidence.  It is time move forward.  It is time to believe what God says.  By believing God we grow in our confidence, and that simple choice helps us to stay positive!

Hebrews 10:35  NLT
35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!

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