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Monday, March 9, 2009

Confidence

Sometimes people question my confidence, they think that I should not exercise so much confidence. I try to make it known that my confidence is in the Lord and not in my own abilities. This is something, I believe that can be developed, if we will learn some principles and apply them to our life.
Here are a few things we can implement in our life to develop confidence in God, and confidence in the fact that God wants to and will use us to accomplish His will.

Job 31:24 ".... Thou art my confidence" Pr 3:26 "For the LORD shall be thy confidence,..." Eph 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

Focus on your potential instead of your limitations.
Avoid comparing yourself to others. You are unique. Focus on your uniqueness. Do not put on a mask – be yourself. Do the best you can with what you have.

Accept your imperfections.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Aim for personal excellence.
Find your ‘gift(s)’. Work in the area that is your strength. Your strengths and abilities make you unique.

Replace self-criticism with right thinking.
Express statements of hope. Today will be a great day. This is the day which the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Dare to be different.
It is a danger to try to please others. Be yourself. A true friend is someone who knows all about you and accepts you anyway.

Overcome the fear of failure.
Failure is an event, not a person. A just man falls seven times and rises up again.

Dealing with guilt.
Determine if it is from sin. If so, accept God’s gift of forgiveness. When God forgives, forgive yourself and move on. If guilt is unreasonable, quench each thought of guilt and tell yourself that that guilt is unreasonable and why it is unreasonable.

2 comments:

Andy said...

great post! This does not come over night. I am 33 years old and it was well into may late 20's before I was able to understand this. I am still growing in these area's. Praise God for molding and shaping us!

Q.C. Preacher said...

I needed to read this today. Thank you for your encouragement.