Hey ladies(and Greg) I don't have much time but I said I would post so here goes....I told you that this weekend I changed my plans for my class because I was praying on Friday about what I was going to teach on. I didn't feel at peace. It felt undone and incomplete. I had a bad week last week. For a few weeks actually with the dog, the weather, the busyness of life, etc....Well I woke up Saturday morning and I felt in my spirit like God was telling me to restore my confidence. I then started thinking of a verse I had memorized in Hebrews that said "do not throw away your confidence". I went to that passage and came up with a way to have confidence restored. Today we are going to choose to restore our confidence. Now when you look at the original language of this passage the Greek word for confidence means boldness, openness in speech. This is talking about being confident with who we are in Christ and having the confidence to share that. It does not mean being prideful or having a self-confidence or reliance. We should do everything in humility. I am going to post the whole passage so you can see where I came up with each step.
32.Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.
33.Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.
34.You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.
35.So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36.You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
37.For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay.
38.But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."
39.But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
Step No. 1 - REMEMBER
If we have lost our confidence and we feel defeated we need to remember what it was like when we first asked Christ into our life. The excitement we had. Or if we accepted Him as a child we need to look back on a time that we had a revival. If you have never had that maybe it is time for a revival right now!
Also remember what we have the confidence to do:
We can approach the throne through Jesus - Ephesians 3:12
We exalt Christ - Philippians 1:20
We can ask anything according to His will - 1 john 5:14
We receive mercy/find grace - Hebrew 4:16
We can enter the Most Holy place - Hebrews 10:19
That last one should be enough to make you jump up and down and dance down the street. If you have never studied the tabernacle. Get into your Old Testament. Only the high priest could enter the Most Holy place and only once a year. He wore bells on his ankles and had a rope tied to his ankle in case he was struck dead and had to be pulled out. That is NO MORE. Hallelujah. We enter that place through Jesus. We do it freely and confidently.
Step No. 2 - Do NOT throw it away
Evaluate. What is the thing that continually causes you to throw your confidence out the window. What hinders you? Is it fear, insecurity, pride, a huge loss, financial problems... Figure it out and make that thing, that thought obedient to Christ.
Step No. 3 - Know what you will receive
Verse 36 says when you have persevered you will receive what God has promised. What has He promised and what will you miss if you lose confidence? A good place to start is Ephesians 1:3-10. List His promises and read them EVERYDAY!
Step No. 4 - Be patient - Hold on
Know what will happen if you don't. Vs. 37 says in just a little while. Keep things in perspective. Verse 38 says if we shrink back God will not be pleased. We don't want that.
Step No. 5 - Know who you are
Know who you are in Christ. Also know who you are not. You are NOT those who shrink back and are destroyed. No! You are of those who believe and are saved.
That is our choice to ponder this week. Choose to have your confidence restored. I am off to a softball game. Have a blessed night!