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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

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I amnot better than my fathers.”
1 Kings 19:4

Elijah speaks this depressing prayer after one of the greatest victories of his life. He just prayed fire down from heaven that consumed a drenched sacrifice on an altar. Then he killed hundreds of false prophets of Baal and prophesies that rain is going to come and deliver the nation from drought and famine.

How could Elijah pray this kind of prayer after such an accomplishment?

Let’s imagine…  You had an amazing Sunday night service. Your worship was on fire, just like Elijah’s prayer, and you prayed with people, declared promises, and danced before the Lord. Then, Monday morning arrives and you go back to the reality of family, church problems, relationship woes, and temptation.

Wrong ways to deal with the lows:

  1. Isolation – Elijah went into the wilderness alone.
  2. No Movement – He sits down by a tree. His movement is stalled. He becomes comfortable in his depression.
  3. Attitude – “Let me die.” Discouragement was his companion.

Sometimes the ups and downs of your day can wreak havoc on your life. As Christians, we shouldn’t base our walk with God on the public victories.

Right ways to deal with the lows:

  1. Socialize – Go out for coffee with a friend, invite people over, or go to a group Bible study.
  2. Move Around – Go to the store, attend church, turn worship music on, and dance before the Lord.
  3. Speak Faith – Encourage yourself in the Lord. Declare promises from the Word of God. Dismiss untruths from your mind.

God has a plan for you during the low times. And, just because you are not where you want to be, doesn’t mean you are outside of the will of God. Continue to preserver and seek God’s will.

Prayer: Lord, help me to never give up even when I feel fear and when I doubt myself. I pray that you will give me Your perspective through the lens of my understanding.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26, KJV)

God created mankind to have dominion. We were born to be in control, which is why it can be so hard for us to let go of our own will and let God take over. We will never have all the answers and if we continuously try to run our owns lives without seeking His will, it will be a very difficult and exhausting journey. Though we will not always understand God’s will, we have to be confident in it, knowing that only He knows what we truly need.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your control over our lives. I pray that you will lead and guide us on our paths. Fill our hearts with the desire to let you lead and give us peace when we don’t understand the situations we face. In Jesus name, amen.

Devotion by Melinda Keays