Today we conclude our series on “Four Ways God Restores Our Confidence” with three more ways God restores our confidence.
“Being confident of this—he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
#2 God Increases Our Confidence as We Become More Like Him.
When you grow up nerdy and without direction, you lack confidence and make a lot of mistakes. In college, I drank heavily to overcome my social anxiety and to feel more comfortable around my peers. I learned about life through trial and error, probably experiencing more errors than not.
However, once I rededicated my life to Christ in 1993 and began studying the blueprint for living, God’s word, my heavenly Father began molding me into who he originally created me to be. I didn’t need alcohol to loosen me up. I was no longer the shy, insecure little girl from the past, because I learned how to thrive, His way.
As Christians, we are all a work in progress and God promises he never stops tuning us up as long as we are alive. Be confident of that!
#3 We Can Be Confident that God Will Fight Our Battles.
What battle or trial are you facing right now? In His word, God promises countless times that he will supernaturally fight for us. Psalm 34:17 says, “The righteous cry, and the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” Here’s another: “For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me” (Psalm 18:39).
Have you ever had people rise up against you? I have found that harsh words or the silent treatment are not effective. Have confidence in the ultimate warrior, the LORD of Hosts. He will defend you if you turn the situation over to Him. All you have to do is pray and stand still.
#4 We Can Approach God’s Throne With Confidence.
When we give our lives to Christ, we are daughters and sons of the King. The older I get, the more time I spend in the King of Kings’ presence. I love it that Jesus’ blood makes a way for me to lift up every need and concern to my Maker. What prevents you from spending time at the feet of God? Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
As much as I love people, I also know that people can fall short of our expectations. When a friend or loved one offers help but lets you down, through prayer and time spent in His presence, God will either equip you to take on the extra responsibility or he will provide someone else to step in. Be confident of this truth. “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes fro the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1–2). (LBW)
Pearls of Promise founder, Lisa Burkhardt Worley, is taking a week off to attend the National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB) in Nashville. The blog will return on Tuesday, March 6 with new messages, inspired by what Lisa learns at NRB, where she will hear speakers like Vice-President Mike Pence, author and pastor, Rick Warren, Bible teacher Kay Arthur, as well as author and pastor Dr. David Jeremiah. There will be many reflections based on what these great men and women of God share, and that will hopefully result in more inspirational blogs for the month of March!
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