!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> rachman-unprecedented: Where's your Confidence?


So what is this going to be? A little bit of everything I think. Maybe that's it. What I'm thinking. What I'm believing. I hope what I'm knowing. And why would anyone care what I think I know? There's no reason in the world that you should. But then why are you here? Cuz you have to be somewhere I suppose. I've never been here before. I may not be back. I might get too busy to care; time is short. That's fine. Nobody can deal with it all at once. There is a lot to deal with.

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I try not to take myself too seriously, but I know I have far too much. So I'm trying to learn how to laugh again, as I had forgotted for a while there. Also I'm relearning to enjoy life; you know, like when we were kids. The biggest challenge ahead is learning how to love God with all my heart, and soul, and mind, and strength. This one is not really that hard when you know the truth. But along with it comes learning to love others as I love myself, and that one is, as they say, "a horse of a whole different color." I think I need to learn to love myself a little more, but the problem may be that I know all these facts about me. Sometimes the facts are simply wrong or they are just stuck in the past. I'm trying to get my facts to line up with the truth. As someone once asked a great man, "what is truth?" If he had only known.

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Where's your Confidence?

Confidence and insecurity both occupy the same space, but not at the same time. Confidence is more important than talent, and anything else that we can have. "For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth,"---Psalms 71:5. King David tracks his confidence back to God. David's father didn't consider David worthy of being included with his other brothers when they were summoned before the prophet. His father had no confidence in David and gave him no reason to feel confident. David's confidence had to come from God. Our "lousy" childhood doesn't have to rob us of our destiny.

God never leads us by sight, but He leads us by our hearing. "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God." The word teaches us that the source of our confidence is our God.

We live in a culture that puts confidence in one's performance instead of in the person or in his character. We do the same thing to God. What miracles can God do? Rather we should ask, who is God? Misplaced confidence is worse than having no confidence at all. The people of Israel had confidence in King David, but David put his confidence in God. Not a day went by that David didn't praise God for who He was. We must put our confidence in God and in nothing else. We are free of other people's opinions, feelings, or beliefs when we transfer our confidence to God.

Is our confidence in other people? The most self seeking thing we can do is to try to please people. Do we hide behind people? Do we get moody around certain people or lose confidence when certain other people are not there? Then our confidence is in something or someone other than God. Confident assurance is another name for trust or faith. Faith in God.

Confidence in ourselves will fail us sooner or later. We are not perfect enough or good enough. Our confidence in God will take us anywhere.
Confidence covers a lot of weaknesses. God had to do a confidence overhaul on all his earthly leaders. For example Moses spent 40 years in the desert tending sheep for his father-in-law. God had to teach Moses, "what I do is not who I am." But who we serve, now that is another matter all together. It's time to transfer our confidence to God. What we give to God, He will give back to us having changed its nature and our thinking toward it. (Moses gave a rod to God and He turned it into a snake and gave it back to Moses. Only after Moses took it back did the snake turn back into a rod.) God wants us to come to Him daily and give ourselves to Him, so He can change us and the way we think about Him and ourselves. To have confidence in God, we need to take time for Him daily.

---notes on a strategy by S.L.J.


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