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How to Live Confidently and Courageously
The Cross and Christian Confidence
Who are Confident Christians?
Confidence comes from the assurance and knowledge of who we are as children of God. While is not the same as arrogance, it is certainly not demeaning ourselves feeling that we are less than others.
As confident Christians we know our lives have purpose, and we can identify our positive qualities. Our outlook is optimistic for in is anchored in the complete work of Christ who has set us free to be salt and light in this world.
People are attracted to us because we value to their lives because we are convinced that we that our purpose is to make a difference in the world. While there might be those who feel it is selfish for Christians to think of themselves as capable and loving individuals, on the contrary we have a right to live the abundant life that Jesus gives us (John 10:10).
We stand in this position, ‘so that we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me"’ (Hebrews 13: 6, NKJV). Then confident Christians we exude self-assurance that attracts others to us.
My prayer is that as you move through these seven days’ devotions, you will be endued with fresh confidence through the power of the Holy Spirit to achieve your God's purpose.
.Know the Source of Your Confidence
We sometimes think that to be confident we need to be smart, good looking or even wear the most expensive clothes. The lie is that we believe that confidence comes from our physical attributes.
In the video clip, Nick Vujicic, a man born without arms or legs finds his confidence not in his physical appearance, but in Christ. He points out that what is important is that we know:
- Who are we?
- Why are we here?
- Where are we going?.
The fact is genuine confidence comes from within us. And as Christians confidence comes from our Father God through our position in Christ Jesus. So consider the verse that tells that we can do all things. Nothing is out of our scope of achievement because we are not inadequate and helpless.
Why? We have the strength of God which empowers us to achieve what he sets for our lives. So nothing is impossible, when we put our trust in him and we are seeking after his will for our lives. It is on this basis that we can be truly confident.
Focus Verse: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).
Prayer: "Heavenly Father, I thank you that I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength. I can be a confident Christian through your power that works in me. Help me to move forward in my life with deep assurance that I am more than a conqueror in Christ. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."
How Confident are You?
Do you consider yourself a confident Christian?
Accept Your Position In Christ
According to psychologists, our self-esteem is the picture we have of ourselves, and whether or not we like the picture. Do we see ourselves as grasshoppers? That is exactly how, God's people, the Israelites, saw themselves in relation to the giants in the land that was theirs (Numbers 13:35).
Though God was leading his people into the Promised Land, because of doubt and unbelief many of them did not enjoy their inheritance. The report that ten of the spies brought back caused the people to fear and so they were unable to move into what God had for them.
Having accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we have come into an inheritance. We must stand in the confidence of faith in God's Word, accept our position and walk in the freedom of that inheritance in Christ.
This means renewing our minds daily with the Word of God so that we see ourselves congruent to what the God's Word says about us. We walk as confident people of light in God promise for our lives.
Focus Verse: "Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6, NKJV).
Prayer: "Heavenly Father, I thank you that through your Son Jesus, I can walk with confidence, knowing that he will complete the good work in me and through me. Today, I purpose in my heart to walk in the promises you have for me in your Word. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen."
Be Strong and Courageous
We can walk in confidence as Christians in whatever the situation we are facing. The context of the verse describes how Joshua was to take over leading the Israelites. This was a great task but God encouraged him to be strong and courageous.
The key ingredient to this courage was that God was with Joshua. Are you facing a situation that you feel is more than you can handle? The Word of God today is the same as it was to Joshua; find your confidence, strength and courage in your heavenly Father. Know that he is with you and will equip you for the task.
Our response should be one of faith that is, a complete trust in God's Word, and not a preoccupation with the situation we face. At the heart of our confidence is the awareness that God's strength is made perfect even in our weakness.
As we commit our talents and abilities to God, we can be confident that we will achieve the purpose that he sets for our lives. But it is important that we keep our eyes off what other people’s agendas. Instead, we need to find and focus on God's plan for our own lives. Then we can be strong and courageous as enjoy purposeful lives.
Focus Verse: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9, NIV).
Prayer: "Heavenly Father I thank you that instead of inadequacy and insecurity, I can live a confident and courageous live in you through your Son Jesus. Today, I move forward with confidence that you have equipped me for any task or situation I face. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen."
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Pursue a Walk of Integrity
The world is attracted to famous people who have wealth and status. People worship movie stars, pop idols, sports stars and the list goes on. They are attracted to their confidence and lifestyles.
As Christians, we choose character over reputation in line with God's Word. Specifically, the verses outline the kind of character exemplifies: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
The fruit of the Spirit, operating in our lives, allows us to display confidence that outshines the world's glitz and glamour. This comes as we allow him to lead and teach us. The fact is the Holy Spirit will never force himself on us, so we must be completely willing to allow him to work in us and through us. Only then, are we be truly confident Christians.
Also, as confident Christians, our lives reflect our core values that are anchored in the Word of God. So we stick to our standards and are not swayed by circumstances and the other people’s opinions. As confident Christians, we speak the truth to others with love, and we don't feel the need to hide the truth to gain their approval.
Focus Verses: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5: 22-23, NIV).
Prayer: "Heavenly Father, I thank you for the true character that comes through the Holy Spirit that enables me to walk confidently each day. Help me to set my priorities right so I can focus on what really counts. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."
Book: A Confident Heart
Day 5: Communicating Effectively
Focus Verse: "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen" Ephesians 4:29, NIV).
Confident Christians communicate effectively with others, as communication is essential in everyday life. This means actively listening to others to understand their perspectives. People need to feel that we care and understand what they are trying to say.
As we listen we must avoid distractions that could hinder us from getting the message that the person is relaying. These distractions could be internal, for example, we could be jumping to conclusion before fully understanding what is being said, or we could be judging the person.
As the verse cautions, we must ensure that our conversations build up others and are beneficial them. Communication is more than the words we speak, and so our non-verbal communication is also very important.
As we express our own thoughts and feelings, and communicate love and understanding for others, we build healthy and strong relationships. An important part of our purpose is to touch the lives of others and we do so in our relationship with them.
Prayer: "Heavenly father, I thank you for the ability to communicate with others and build strong relationships. Help me to order my conversations so that they build up and encourage others so that they might be strengthened in their faith. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."
Day 6: Taking Responsibility
Focus Verses: "This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live." Deuteronomy 10:19, NIV).
Life is made up of choices, so we must make choices every single day. We have to choose whether we will walk in the blessings that come through the complete work of the Cross or walk in a curse.
Obedience to God's Word is a critical element in walking in God’s blessings. While God's love is never conditional, we could find that through our disobedience we move out of his blessings.
We must live responsible lives since there are consequences to our actions. As confident Christians we are careful about the choices we make and take responsibility for our actions.
As God's children we are not intimidated to make difficult decisions because we rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us. People know us to be trustworthy, but even more when our Father in Heaven gives us responsibilities we must be faithful stewards. As we are found faithful, we will be entrusted with greater responsibilities.
Prayer:" Heavenly Father, I thank you for the power of the Holy Spirit that enables me to make the right choices. Today, I receive your assurance that I don't have to live in fear of failure but I can step out boldly through your power and do things you want me to do. In Jesus' Name I pay. Amen."
Final Thoughts: Don't Throw away Your Confidence!
As Christians, the qualities of that underlies our confidence reflects your beliefs in God and the abilities that he so freely bestows on us.
Let us heed the Spirit’s admonition “not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!" (Hebrews 10:35, NLT).
It's time to walk with the consciousness of the greatness that God placed in us, and stir up the gifts that are in us, for he who is in us (Jesus Christ) is greater than he who is I the world.
Let us purpose in our hearts to run the race with confidence, for the God who calls us is faithful. Then our lives will reflect his faithfulness and not the uncertainties of the world we live in.
We are confident Christian for our assurance is in God!
Respond to the Needs of Others
As Christians, we realize that our lives are not our own. We live our lives for Christ by investing in the lives of others. Genuine confidence moves us from our focus on self to serving others.
We can experience God empowerment to serve others in specific and practical ways. Here are some the ways that the Bible encourages us to reach out to others and especially those in the body of Christ:
- Love one another as Jesus loves us (John 13:3)
- Be devoted to one another in brotherly love (Romans 12:10)
- Pursue the things that make peace and build up one another ( Romans 14:19)
- Love another through love (Galatians 5:13)
- Accept one another as Christ accepts you (Romans 15:7)
- Bear one another's burden (Galatians 6:2)
- Be kind, tender-hearted and forgiving to each other (Ephesians 4 :32)
- Encourage and build up one another (Thessalonians 5:11).
- Stimulate each other to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).
Focus Verse: "So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another" (Romans 14:19, NASB).
Prayer: "Heavenly Father, I thank you for the mandate and the power that you give me to reach out to others. Today, I commit myself to move in the confidence and assurance you give me to serve to serve others. Freely I receive from you Father, freely I give to others. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen."
© 2014 Yvette Stupart