CONFIDE.N.C.E. (Confide in Christ Eternally)
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Hebrews 10:35 (NIV)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
Having confidence in yourself is simple when the challenge is small but when the challenge is big it can be a bit difficult. Do you remember the times when you faced new challenges that “seemed” beyond your limits? First, you began questioning your confidence. Then, you talked to yourself, trying to find a way out. I can recall a time when I questioned my confidence, simply because I wasn’t believing in myself. One cold, sunny afternoon, I was assigned to do one of the biggest task of my life, to showcase my skills and talents in front of hundreds of people. Preconceived notions of all the things that could possibly go wrong clouded my mind as I would ask myself the “what if ” questions. What if I’m not talented enough…they won’t like me. What if I fail…then what? I would ask myself these questions to search for reasons of why I’m not capable to handle the challenge, trying to avoid the pressures of fear and discomfort. But the “what if ” questions did not make me feel any better, instead they made me feel worse! I have to admit that my faith wavers a bit at times, however I am still a work in progress. I told myself, “okay Yolanda you know that with God you can do anything so why are you worrying?” So, I immediately opened my bible and began reading and meditating on scriptures. I felt a sense of God’s peace and comfort that carried me through the fear and discomfort of showcasing in front of others. His peace and comfort gave me all the confidence that I needed to be successful. God is so good that even in the midst of wavering faith He still keeps His promises!
Often times what we think is not what God thinks. God is LIMITLESS so we have to learn how to take the limits off of ourselves. We are all destined to do great things but we’re blocking our own blessings when we leave room for the enemies of worry, doubt, and fear to cloud our minds. If we don’t learn how to take the limits off, we will never know what is on the other side of worry, doubt, and fear. What if I didn’t accept the challenge that seemed too great to bear? I would have never known how much MORE competent I am when I break through fear. Sometimes we need a little reassurance, even if that means we have to reassure ourselves, especially during times when there’s no one around. So I wrote a letter to myself as a daily reminder of what God says that I can do to keep me secure in the time of difficulties.
You are more than what you can see, You are more than what you can have. You are more than what you can do. You are more than what you can think. You are EVERYTHING that God created within you. I know life can be challenging at times, especially when you can’t fathom, but that’s okay, because you weren’t meant to live this life without storms. You just need to reassure yourself that when God created the heavens and earth, He looked at everything in them and said they were very good (Genesis 1:31)! In fact, when God created you, He also said that you were very good…YOU ARE HIS MASTERPIECE. Stop feeding the enemies of worry, doubt, and fear and start believing in what God said about you. As you wake up each day, there is still a purpose for you here, on this earth, to fulfill all the good things He has created specifically for you. Believe that you are worthy of those things so that you can receive all that God wants to give you. And remember if no one else sees the “good” in you, that’s okay too because God does and his opinion definitely matters.
With lots of Love,
What do you do when you need some reassurance? Feel free to comment below!