There is a level of confidence needed to live a life of faith
Confidence in God, confidence in His word, and confidence in the promises that we find within them. Far too often, I sell myself short, I hinder myself, I get in my own way – because I lack confidence. I look at myself and often think; why me? Why should I get this opportunity? Why do I think I deserve to be blessed beyond measure? Why do I think I should be able to walk in certain circles, on certain paths, when I know someone else who seems more deserving than I am wants the same opportunity as well? Why me Lord? Why choose me? Why use me?
The Holy Spirit then asked me this question – “why not you? He went on to say. “If what you say is true, if you truly desire that I conform your will to mine, if you truly want me to make and mold you into a vessel of honor for my use, if you truly desire that at the end of time, what is said about you is that you served your generation, why not you?”
“Why will you not allow me to use you? Why shouldn’t I shine my spotlight on you? You are scared of what people will say. You are scared of not being good enough. Don’t you think that if I am placing you somewhere, if I am calling you somewhere, don’t you think that I have prepared you and made preparations for you? Why not just trust me?”
“If you fear God enough, no other man or thing can cause you to be fearful” (Ezo, Prosper).
Do you fear God enough or are you losing focus of God? The quickest way to sure disappointment, frustration, and fear; is to lose focus of God. If God is the focus of all that you do, if glorifying God is your driving force, if you are soul-centered on God and not on self, then nothing and no one else matters when it comes to walking in purpose. Those who you need to help you build and conquer, will be strategically placed in your life. This does not mean that these relationships will be easy. Instead, they will be edifying, an avenue for growth, progress, and overall maturity for all those involved.
“For perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18), so what are you so afraid of? If He takes you to it, He will take you through it.
What am I so afraid of? People? Am I in this to appeal to people or am I in this to glorify God? If God is my focus, why should I fear what others may think? “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9)
Trust Him. Trust His heart. He's got you. For He called you even before you were put together in your mother's womb.
Ezo, Prosper. (2017). “The Potency of Prayer.” Night Vigil Prayer, 3 February 2017, Kingdom Mission International (church), Scarborough, Ontario, CA. Sermon.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Crossway Bibles, 2001.