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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

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 NLT

This has always been one of my favourite scriptures, and one that I stand upon many times, knowing that God is always there for me, and that He will continue to work on me until the day He calls me home.

Paul had great confidence in the church in Philippi that they would continue in the teachings he had given them when He was with them.  In verse 10 of this chapter, Paul prayed that they would understand what really mattered so that they would live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. In those days, they were expecting the Lord to return at any moment.  I wonder how they would have felt if they had known that thousands of years would pass before this would happen.  But Paul wanted them to be filled with the fruit of their salvation – the righteous character produced in their lives by Jesus Christ.  Then they would bring much praise and glory to God.

In verse 12, Paul said that his imprisonment had been beneficial, as he was able to be a witness to many.  Believers had gained confidence to boldly spread the message without fear. What looked like something detrimental in his life had been turned around to produce good.

In verse 27, Paul says that whether he was able to come to them again, or if he only heard about them, “he would know that they were standing side by side, fighting together for the faith.”

One of the greatest joys of my life has been knowing that young people I taught in a Sunday School class, or in a youth group, are living for the Lord today, and serving him faithfully.  Like Paul, we must pray for the people that we have had influence on through the years and have confidence that the Lord will continue to work on them until He comes.

Prayer:  Thank you Jesus for the work you are doing in our lives and in the lives of those you have allowed us to minister to.  We have confidence that you will continue the work until you return.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1

A secret is concealed and classified information. When someone tells you a secret it is because they trust you with their dreams, their struggles, and their shame. And, when you share a treasured piece of your heart with someone, it reveals that you feel safe with that individual.

Trust is a foundational necessity for every healthy relationship. If you do not exhibit trust then that relationship will be shallow and will not grow closer than a chummy acquaintance.

God desires a deep relationship with you, not a “hi” and “bye” type of relationship, but a connection that will lead to mutual trust and confidence.

Do you feel weary? Are you hurting? Are there things in your life you need to bring before God? If you answer yes to any of those questions, there is a secret place for you to find peace, solitude, strength, and joy.

There is a secret place – a protected dwelling – to abide with God.

Prayer: Lord, help me abide in your presence. Take me to the secret place. I want to go higher, draw closer, and seek the depths of your spirit. I am ready to seek you so I can find you.