Good morning, friends!
Today, I want to look more closely at what it means to be confident and allowing the Holy Spirit to fill you with confidence in who God is, that enables you to know deep within your soul that “He has this.”
Let’s begin with the online definition of confidence:
The feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
And another definition:
A feeling of self- assurance
Now let’s look at this word through the lenses of a Biblical worldview:
Assurance in God; trusting that the Holy Spirit will lead and direct your steps (this is my definition, by the way:)
So here is the problem.
If we follow the first definition and lean on our own confidence and our confidence tank is empty, then what??!!
We can fill our self with false confidence that comes from:
- Our looks
- Our gifts
And the list goes on and on. But what happens when our money runs out and we no longer have the power we once had or we begin to age and our looks change? Friends, I can tell you what happens because in ministry this is what I see on an ongoing basis: Discouraged, empty, purposeless people who have lost their joy.
True joy comes internally from knowing that God loves you and that He has your best interest in mind. True confidence comes when you are God reliant not self reliant. It wells up like a fresh spring of water and radiates as true beauty.
The secular world has taught us to rely on things that are fleeting such as the list above. And when those things are no longer available or accessible, we lose our joy. My heart’s cry for each of you reading this is that you will ask the Holy Spirit to look deeply into your soul; that you will give Him access to your emotions and allow Him to show you a new way– a way of life that does not depend on self but depends on Him. I encourage you to allow the Holy Spirit to pour out over you, releasing His Spirit into areas where you have feel stuck or in need of help, power, or direction.
A voice is calling: “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. “Let every ballet be lifted up and every mountain and hill be made low. And let the rough ground become a plain and the rugged terrain a broad valley (Isaiah 40:3-4)