This is a “twofer” week. This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link-up and the Write 28 Days Blogging Challenge. Today we are using the FMF prompt CONFIDENT and we write what’s on our heart, unedited for five minutes (hmmm…). Here goes –
1 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. (AMP)
I recently read Believe Bigger Discover the Path to Your Life Purpose, by Marshawn Evans Daniels. In the book she introduces the phrase God Confidence. While I don’t agree with everything in the book, I was motivated to examine why I lack confidence in certain areas. She introduces the idea of God Confidence. I like thinking it’s not on me be super confident, I can give that one to God. He doesn’t want us to think lowly of ourselves. We are daughters of the King, after all. Just remember that overconfidence is never a good thing.
Confidence in self, as God has already shown me so many times, is foolish. That isn’t to say that God expects us to doubt ourselves and our abilities to handle a given situation. No. Instead, He wants us confident in Him (Phil 4:13). As long we are in God’s will, He has already given us what we need to make it through.
We are already equipped for God’s purpose; therefore, faith is all we need. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, by faith, we receive the Holy Spirit. He takes up residence in our being. Believe it! When that happens, we must learn to rely on Him for guidance day by day and minute by minute. I say learn, because relying on something or someone we can’t see isn’t natural, at least not yet. It’s an acquired practice.
How do we do this? It’s simple; through scripture and prayer. Get into your bible and spend time talking to God in prayer. It is in the power of the Holy Spirit, living inside of you, that you will begin to understand what God has for you (John 14:26). In this truth you can confident. From this truth you will gain the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22). Is it simple? Yes. Is it easy? No, but don’t let that stop you. Practice makes perfect.