A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself & Live in the Security of God's Promises
Dont ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Dont ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Harold Thurman Whitman
Doubt keeps us from believing things can get better.
Every time I compare myself with someone else, I can never measure up because I am comparing my insides with their outsides.
Faith looks back and draws courage; hope looks ahead and keeps desire alive. John Eldredge and Brent Curtis
God has put a divine magnet within each of us that is intended to attract us to the people, function or causes where he intends us to minister. This is not an afterthought on Gods part. Our passion is built in to us so that we will conform ourselves to His purpose for our lives.
Gods plans for us are found when we surrender ours and seek His each day.
God will call you beyond your limitations to do something that requires faith. Its not so much about what He wants you to do as what He wants to do in you, as you depend on Him.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7
If you want to know your purpose, pursue the heart of God and youll have a head-on collision with your calling.
If you were sitting with Jesus today, what do you think Hed want to talk about?
Imagine sitting down at a table with two cups of flour, three eggs, a tablespoon of vanilla, one cup of sugar, one teaspoon of baking powder and a few other ingredients. You taste the sugar and it is good, but when you taste the baking powder it is bitter. You continue to taste the ingredients, some tasty and some downright gross. This is like life. Some of the events in your life are sweet like the sugar, others dry like the flour, and others still that you do not like at all. However, using Jesus perfect recipe, all of the events of your life will be mixed together and put through some intense heatand then you will rise. Just as a cake would not be the same if you left out some of the ingredients, so Jesus wants to use all of your life experiences to make you complete and able to be used for His glory.
Lord, I pray that You would give me a confident heart in Christ. Take me beyond believing in You to truly believing You. Help me rely on the power of Your promises and live like they are true. You say blessed is the one who trusts in You and whose hope and confidence are found in You. Those who hope in You will not be disappointed, because You work all things together for good for those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. When self-doubt tells me I cant overcome my insecurities, I will believe Your promise that all things are possible to whoever believes. I will not throw away my confidence, because You say it will be richly rewarded. I will persevere so that when I have done the will of God, I will receive what You have promised. My confidence is in Christ and I am no longer one who shrinks back and is destroyed, but one who believes and is saved! In Jesus name, Amen.
Lord, I pray that You would guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior. I want to learn how to put my hope in You all day, every day. Please help me stop searching for fulfillment in anything or anyone but You. My soul thirsts for You; my body longs for You in this dry and weary land where there is no water. Satisfy me each morning with Your unfailing love so I can sing for joy all the days of my life. I want to be rooted and established in Your love. I want to have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep the love of Christ is. I want to know this love that surpasses knowledge that I may be filled to the measure of the fullness of God. Thank You that Your love never fails, even when I do. Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You and praise You as long as I live. In Your name I will lift up my hands, Amen.
men are developed the same way gold is mined. When gold is mined, several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold, but one doesnt go into the mine looking for dirt, one goes in looking for gold, and the more he looks for the more he finds. Zig Ziglar used this story as an illustration,
Salvation is a one-time decision, but finding satisfaction in Christ and living in the security of His promises is a daily process.
Satan intends to deceive us by getting us to take our eyes off of who we are in Christ and focus on our flawsand then spend our days figuring out how we can hide them.
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:3536
Take me beyond the shadows of my doubts and teach me how to rely on the power of Your promises. When doubt overshadows my thoughts, help me shift my focus back to You, remembering that the mind fixed on the flesh is death, but the mind fixed on the Spirit is life and peace.
The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity!
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14 NASB).
Until our hearts find complete security and significance in God's unconditional love, we will never be satisfied.
Until our hearts find complete security and significance in Gods unconditional love, we will never be satisfied.
When I choose to dwell in the assurance of Whose I am and who I am in Him, I have a confident heart.
When I come to the Lord after Ive blown it, I come with only one appeal: His mercy. Ive no other defense. I cant escape my biggest problem: me! So I leave the courtroom of my own defense. Because of what Jesus has done, God looks on me with mercy. Its my only appeal, its the source of my hope, its my life. Paul David
When we fail or feel like a failure, we need to ask ourselves some questions: Did I do something wrong or make a bad decision that led to this failure? Am I acting independently of God? Is there anything I am not doing to fulfill a commitment I made? Did I pray about this or just do it because I wanted to? Was I responsible for the outcome? Did I overcommit myself in agreeing to do this? Is God using this to refine my character?
When we pray Gods words out loud, and hear them, the Holy Spirit engraves them on our hearts and writes them in our thoughts. We internalize Gods truth as our faith grows and we are transformed from the inside out!
You and I have the choice to either let doubt beat us up or let Gods truth build us up. If we have Christ in us, we have full access to Gods power and His promises to live with a confident heart.
You can only see the shadow because you have turned away from the light. Turn back toward the light.
Your past has not come full circle to its complete redemption until you allow Christ to not only defuse it, but also to use it.