Confidently Going Against the Grain

“…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:32

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Have you ever felt you know exactly where God wants you to be and exactly what He wants you to do but still struggle with some form of doubt? Wondering if you really are enough, or if He really called you to do this particular thing. And you find yourself struggling between believing the truth of His promises or giving into doubt and self-pity.

Well, you’re not alone. I’ve felt that way a time or two. And as I keep moving forward I’m learning a couple of important lessons that I’d like to share with you.

1) God created you exactly the way that you are for a very special purpose

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb…Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
~Psalm 139:13 +16

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
~Ephesians 2:10

See, God has a plan for your life and that plan is good (Jeremiah 29:11). What you are going through now doesn’t surprise Him. He knows all of your days and knows what each day holds.

2) He knows all about you and loves you anyway…

Something that I am continually being reminded of is that God’s love is so much deeper than I am able to comprehend. He knows everything about me; my sin, my thoughts, my weaknesses, my strengths, etc. and loves me. All of me. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly (Romans 5:6-11, Romans 8:31-37).

3) Confidence comes only from my relationship with God

I’m going to be very honest with ya’ll here. I really enjoy getting compliments. It gives me a little confidence boost. It affirms that I am indeed on the right path and that people do see what I do and like it and/or support me. But here’s a big lesson that I am learning: confidence coming from anyone or anything that is NOT my relationship with God is like playing with fire. I am going to get burned. Confidence is defined as “The feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.” (Definition is taken from Google.com).

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.”
~Psalm 20:7-8

We are reminded again and again in the Bible that people will fail us and let us down. God is the only One who remains the same day after day, year after year (Hebrews 13:8). The size of the army doesn’t matter to God. He can do big things with very little (see Judges 7). He wants us to rely on Him not on our circumstances, our support system, or our own abilities.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
~Romans 12:2

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
~Matthew 7:13-14

Knowing the truth that is in the Gospel and by putting our trust in God alone we can be confident in His good plan for our lives and His deep love for us. Following where God leads is not always easy; but it’s for our best. Friends and sometimes even family won’t fully understand why we’re going on such a different path. But God does. And He is faithful. With Him by our side we can confidently go against the grain.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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