Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Where is our confidence?

To be a woman with a heart for Christ we must be confident.  We must be grounded in God's word. 

Confidence seems easy enough.  I mean, most of us are confident that we are pretty decent cooks.  Our families don't look starving.  We are pretty confident that we can do at least one thing well.  We are confident that the person we have chosen to spend the rest of our life with loves us.  We are confident that when push comes to shove, we will do whats right, even if it isn't popular.  We think we are confident in so many areas until we delve into God's word to us.  Are we confident Christians?

So what does the word confidence mean exactly?  It means to be assured, to have assurance in a belief, or have a firm trust in something.

How firm is your trust in God and his plan for your life?  

How firm and unshakeable is that trust, is it rock solid?  Or is it on shaky ground?  Jemimah  17:7 says "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD."  In Proverbs 3:5 God tells us, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding."  So, how firm is your confidence in God's plan for your life?  Do you question what seems to be God's design for you and your family?  GUILTY.  I am guilty of this.  I struggle with keeping my finger out of the pie.  I'm being honest.

I am on a journey to shoring up my foundation and making sure its firm.  I admit that at times its weak. To gain the confidence I need I am discovering a few things.  I want to share them with you in the hopes that it will help you in your walk.

Your confidence will only be as strong as your source.  If you have a weak relationship with God, your source is weak.  You need to shore up your foundation!  I recognize this in me, so I speak from experience, and to become more confident in Him I am seeking out his word, reading his word, and reestablishing a prayer relationship with God. A relationship with God, just like the relationship with your spouse or friends, takes effort and work.  If we neglect those we love in life what happens?  We drift apart, and the same thing happens when we neglect our relationship with God.

Do you ever notice that when you're plugged in to God and daily reflecting and studying his word and talking with him that you hear his voice more readily?  Paul knew where his confidence came from.  In 1 Corinthians 2:4 he states this and goes on to admonish that our trust should not rest on men and the teachings of men but rather our faith should rest in God and his strength.

How can I gain confidence in God and his plan for my life?

For myself I find I must be still. This doesn't mean that I sit motionless.  To be still is to be quiet or waiting upon God.  My spirit must be still and not flitting from here to there and back again.  It needs to be still so that it can concentrate on God. 

Talking with God is important, its not a matter of finding the time, you/me must make the time. 

Reading God's word is a must.  How are we suppose to know what God wants for us if we don't delve into his love letter to us?

This is my question to you, what three areas do you honestly think needs work on in your life to strengthen your confidence in God? Work on those areas for the next  thirty days.  See if God doesn't start doing some amazing things in your life as you seek him.   At the end of thirty days revisit your confidence level, do you feel more confident in your walk?

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