Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19, 22
Confidence. You see people who have it; it’s a noticeable trait. They walk straighter, speak clearer, laugh more. They’re not afraid to jump into or over anything that falls in their path. They don’t worry if people accept them or not, they’re good either way.
People without confidence are as noticeable. They doubt themselves. Doubt their value. Their moods change depending on if they succeed at a task or if people like them or not. And while this is bad in friendships and the workplace, it’s the worst when we lack confidence in our relationship with God.
We focus on our past and our mistakes. We quake when we speak with him, or we run in the other direction because we believe all he can see is our screw-ups. We truly believe we aren’t anything he could use. But we have it so very, very wrong.
Our mistakes? He views as our testimony. Our weakness? He sees his strength. Our sins? He sees his cleansing blood. He paid such a high price to make us whole and new, and he wants us to walk boldly in it.
Don’t let the enemy use his voice or others’ to shake you. Know who you are in Christ. Keep your shoulders back. Step with purpose. Come into God’s presence and let him show you your purpose, your worth, and then believe it.
He saw it, and he died for it so that you could live in abundance and strength with confidence.
Lord today let me see myself how you do. Help me to walk straight and with a purpose, fully knowing my value and strength in you to take on anything that comes my way. Let me fully shed my past at your feet and walk away unhindered to fully live today.
I saw an older woman this weekend who has spent her life serving God. She was in a wheelchair, but not just any wheelchair. It raised up. So she could move about in the chair but be at eye level with others. When it was time to eat, she pulled up to a table and the chair lowered.
I was so impressed at her confidence to meet people face to face and not let her physical limitations slow her down.
Thanks for sharing, Susan.
That is beautiful, Jackie. I've never seen anything like that! Definite confidence!Delete