“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Hebrews 4:16
Confidence is something that I have struggled with for years. I have often wondered if I am good enough or if I measure up to society’s standards. I spent years just trying to fit in and wanting so desperately to feel as though I belonged and had friends.
As I have grown as a Christian, I’ve discovered that confidence comes not from others opnions of me or even what I think of myself.
Confidence comes from God.
It comes from knowing Who He is and Whose I am. We as Christians are called to stand out; to be different than the world that we live in (Romans 12:2). And that’s okay. God has a special plan for each of us, there is a purpose for our pain (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28).
I have also discoved the simple truth that we as Christians are part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12). Because we are part of His body He has given us a special gift or talent, that He wants us to use to encourage others and glorify Him. Everyone has an important place in the body of Christ. WIthin His body there is no distinction, we are all ONE body, one family (Galatians 3:28,Glatians 4:4-7).
Even though at times it seems SO hard to accept or understand; I am begining to gain a sliver of understanding about the Holy, Loving God that we serve. He is holy and calls us to be holy as He is holy (Leviticus 20:26). The love that God has for us is truly undescrible. He loves us beyond measure and loves to bless us (Romans 5:6-8, 2 Corinthians 9:8)!
Another thing that I find SO hard to grasp is that He forgives us of our sin. All we have to do is repent of the sin and TRY to not commit this sin again (1 John 1:7,9) . He knows that we are human–that we mess up and that we sin (Psalm 103:14). But that didn’t stop Him from coming down to show us a better way. Jesus came down to earth to live a human life. He fully understands what living on earth is like and was tempted in every way that we are but He remained sinless (Hebrews 4:15). He offered Himself as a once for all sacrifice for our sin (Hebrews 10).
Confidence is something that doesn’t happen overnight.
It is a continual process of replacing the Devil’s doubts with the Truth found in God’s word. Remembering how it is that He sees me is SO different than the way that the world sees me. I hope that you are reminded of that today.
Until next time,