Self-Confidence or Jesus Confidence (Part 2)

 

As believers, we have focused our study, randomly stumbled upon or heard words from our children as they memorized scripture verses, but often times we have not “stopped” to contemplate what God is truly saying to us.

Vera Wallace writes this in Today’s Christian Woman:

Our relationship with Jesus sheds new light on who we are and what we do. God’s Word is full of information about your identity, confidence and position as a believer in Jesus Christ. Let the wonder of God’s perspective on you soak in. Do you fully realize what it means to be:

(http://www.todayschristianwoman.com/articles/2000/may/needconfidenceboost.html)

Our culture is full of unrealistic “measuring sticks” – no need to mention them, as we know what they are, and we also know that we get caught up in trying to “live up” to those expectations. Many of you have experienced a loss of “confidence” in who you are and what you can do because of this happening.  Remember this, Jesus is the answer. He must be the measuring stick; the centerpiece of our lives.

Speaking of centerpieces, Fall is one of my favorite times to decorate. I love the colors, hanging a wreath on my door, filling a container with fall leaves, and, what I think is artfully arranging a variety of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and other harvest items in an old red wagon.  One of my favorites is a Fall centerpiece for my table. I like to think that all eyes are drawn to that delightful arrangement. Here is where I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to draw your eyes to what must be the centerpiece of your life, Jesus our Lord and Savior who loves us and allows us  “in Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”  Why must Jesus be the centerpiece of our lives?  We are His children because of His unmerited favor, undeserved mercy and His unfailing love, the wonderful result of new birth in Jesus through His death on the cross.

Dr. Benjamin Sawatsky, writing in Intimacy with God; Drawing Closer to the Almighty ( 2011, Book Villages) says “my tongue is still; it has no words but these:”

“I am Your son (daughter) forever.”

“I AM Your son (daughter) forever.”

“I am YOUR son (daughter) forever.”

“I am Your SON (DAUGHTER) forever.”

“I am Your son (daughter) FOREVER”

(I have taken the liberty to adapt this quote by adding daughter in order that it would be applicable to the reading audience).

Sweet friend, with you, I give all praise, honor and glory to God MY Heavenly Father for the confidence I have because I am a child of His.

Once more, fully depend on Jesus,

Nancy Bjorklund

Nancy visits the Titus II Woman Ministry blog throughout the year with inspiration and poetic writing. She lives in Nebraska with her husband, Bob and they are the parents to four grown children as well grandparents and great-grandparents. She holds both bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska in education. Her much loved verse comes from Proverbs 3:5 and 6, “trust in the Lord
with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths”.

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