Please remember in prayer Alease Goff, who has been put on hospice care. Her husband, Robert, remains by her side during these challenging days. Pray for God’s comfort for them and their family as she draws closer to going home to heaven.
I Googled “Living with Confidence” this morning just to see what would come up. To my surprise I discovered that multiple books have been written by men like Dr. David Jeremiah with that title. I discovered web pages that shared the man-dependent secrets on how to have confidence, things like authenticity, boldness and clarity. There were also You Tube videos of sermons on Living with Confidence as well.
The reason I was doing investigating that topic was for this morning’s devotion. Like you, I’ve watched little league baseball players who went to bat scared to death and strike out while those who were confident go to the plate and get a hit. I’ve seen students step out and take a stand for good because they had confidence within themselves that went beyond their fright. I’ve seen adults who were asked to teach, who had never taught before, step up and do a great job because they approached it with confidence. Of course I’ve seen the opposite as well.
When we lack confidence, we shy away from challenges and fulfilling all that God has called us to be.
As Believers, we should be living with confidence, confidence in what Christ has done for us and will do through us. Paul said it like this, “I know in whom I have believed” (2 Timothy 1:12). That word “know” speaks of confidence. What gave Paul confidence to stand up against persecution, to stand against those who only wanted to cause him harm, to stand before emperors was knowing Christ and knowing who Christ is. Paul knew that Christ was with him, that Christ “had his back”, that Christ through the Holy Spirit would give him the strength to endure and achieve the impossible.
If you want to live with confidence it starts with your relationship with Christ. It starts with knowing who He is and what He has done. It continues with knowing what He will do and most of all that He is able. I believe God is at work in each of you and that He has created you for a purpose, so let me challenge you to live with confidence. As Paul also said, “If God be for me who can be against me”.