In life we should always hold confidence at the center of our being. The definition of confidence is “A feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities.” Confidence is also defined as “The state of feeling certain about the truth of something.” In other words confidence simply means that we know who we are and we trust in the gifts, talents and abilities that we have graciously been given. When we are confident we say to the obstacles “You will be overcome.” When we are confident we say to the discouragement, “You have no authority over my life.” When we are confident we say to the challenges “Thank you for being there because you will make me better, wiser and stronger than I am right now.” (1 John 2:28-29)
Our confidence should never wane or weaken because God is faithful to use all that we have learned and all that we have overcome to our benefit now and in our future to come. We read this truth in Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” No matter the obstacles or struggles, Be confident. No matter the trials or tribulations, Be confident. Face each new day with the assured knowing that all things will work together for your good in the end. (1 John 5:14-15) (Romans 8:28)
Don't allow yourself to become stagnant and doubtful of your life's purpose, but rather trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will be faithful to direct your ways. When we trust that God's ability within us is sufficient enough for us to reach victory, there will be no chance for us to entertain any thoughts of discouragement or defeat. God is faithful. This I know for sure. No good thing will He withhold from those who love Him. And if we love Him and walk in His statutes, our life will become all the better for it. (Proverbs 3:5-6) (Psalm 84:11)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to believe that greatness is instilled within you and that anything is possible with God by your side.
AFRAID TO RISK?
An old poem by Richard Armour makes a good point:
The bride, white of hair, is stooped over her cane
Her faltering footsteps need guiding.
While down the church aisle, with wan toothless smile,
The groom in a wheelchair comes riding.
And who is this elderly couple you ask?
You'll find, when you've closely explored it,
That here is that rare, most conservative pair,
Who waited 'til they could afford it.
Are you ever afraid to take a risk? Afraid to commit because of an uncertain future? Afraid of failing? Not that anyone would wait an entire life before taking a chance on marriage, but do you tend to wait until all possible risks are minimized before setting out in a new direction?
Though caution and common sense are certainly important, sometimes a risk is called for. As the late William Arthur Ward wisely said:
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk revealing your true self.
To place you ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk rejection.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk disappointment.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
Those who risk nothing, do nothing, have nothing, and become nothing.
They may avoid present suffering and sorrow, but they will not learn, feel, change, grow, love, or live.
Chained by their fear, they are slaves who have forfeited their freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
The pessimist complains about the wind; The optimist expects it to change; And the realist adjusts the sails.
Is fear preventing you from taking a necessary risk today?
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
1 Peter 2:9-10 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
Psalm 118:4-6 “Let them now that fear the LORD say, that His mercy endureth for ever. I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE ROAD
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Today’s Selected Testimony: HOW GOD USED CANCER TO BLESS ME
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry