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Confidence has a negative connotation and almost seems like a taboo word to say out loud (or even write). Why is this? Is it because confidence is associated with pride? When we put our confidence in our flesh, it is most definitely pride. However, when we put our confidence in God, it exhibits that we trust Him and have faith.

Proverbs 3:26, “The LORD will be your confidence.”

This scripture is weighted with promise and evicts insecurities. This verse gives a person the freedom to discard their doubt and accept God’s covering of confidence. God encourages us to lay down our uncertainties and allow Him to prove His strength and power in every area of our lives.

The Struggle Is Real

My whole life, I have struggled with insecurities and I know as I write this post that I am not alone in my battle. I have questioned my worth and misunderstood my purpose. Not to mention, I have run away from the ministry God was calling me to because it was far beyond me.

God called me to my weakness, not my strength.

I cried out, “God choose someone else, I cannot do this. I will not do this.” Today I am thankful for His steadfast mercy that patiently waited for me to submit to His will. Maybe you are in a similar situation right now. Please be encouraged and know that you are ordained by God to accomplish remarkable things for His glory.

Trust The Process

One of the many things I have learned in this painful process is that God is my strength when fear consumes me. God is my help when I am laying in fetal position on the floor, weeping. God is my confidence when I feel incapable of accomplishing the things He is calling me to do. In every valley and on every mountain, He is there holding me up, supporting me, and encouraging me. He has proven Himself to be an ever-present help in a time of trouble. Every time.

Whatever your opposition is and whatever your distractions are, whether they are internal or external, if God says you can do it, then you need to have confidence in Him. Completely. Fully. Wholeheartedly. The safest place to be is in the middle of the will of God, even when you do not understand and even when it hurts.

Pretend like you are trust falling backwards, leaving behind all of your insecurities. When you hesitate and consider the dangers and objective facts, you are resisting His presence. Do not put trust in your capabilities, but go beyond your natural senses into the unknown because the LORD will be your confidence.

by Angela Overton
Reposted with permission from angelaoverton.com

The floods have lifted up,
O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their waves.
The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters,
yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
Psalm 93:3–4

This week I prayed this scripture over and over again and declared, “The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.” There may be a situation in your life that is trying to drown your faith—BUT—The Lord, on high, is MIGHTIER! Usually we tell people to speak to that mountain, but I want to encourage you today to speak to that insurmountable wave that is trying to engulf your faith. What ever it is—God is mightier.

Prayer: Lord, I have listened to the noise of my problems for way too long. Today I will choose to declare to my need, my situation, my doubt that YOU ARE MIGHTY. I am so thankful that You are able to do anything and I choose to dwell on your goodness.

Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”Genesis 27:19

Jacob’s Are Everywhere

If you look around, you will discover that there are Jacob’s everywhere. He was a normal, average young person—and—a momma’s boy. His ambitious quality is soon outranked by his deceptive nature.

When he first started to pursue God, it was out of necessity and not out of faithfulness. He was running for his life and needed God to move on his behalf.

When he negotiated with his brother for the birthright, God had a purpose for his life. When he wore his brother’s clothes and stole the blessing from his father, God had a purpose for His life. And, when he fled his homeland to his uncle’s house, God had a purpose for His life.

Jacob had purpose, but did not have an understanding of what God was doing in his life.

  • He didn’t know that his name, which meant ‘deceiver’, was going to be changed to Israel, meaning ‘may God prevail’.
  • He didn’t know that an entire Nation—Israel—was going to be named after him.
  • And, He didn’t know that God planned to bring twelve tribes of Israel from his loins.

Never confuse the process with your purpose.

There may be things in your life that you may not understand, but God will put you through a process to get you to the purpose of your life.

Prayer: Lord, help me understand that You have a purpose for my life. Help me to trust the process, even when it is difficult and even when it hurts.