There is a crisis happening among women and men of God. It’s not one that we can see on the outside, but it’s an inward struggle. It’s something that the devil wants to suck out of us so we feel powerless and useless for God’s kingdom.
I am not a confident person–at least not on my own. All my life I have been a bit too humble with self-esteem issues. Whether it be my appearance, my intelligence, or my abilities, I would always find something wrong with me. And I still tend to do this. It’s probably my greatest weakness.
But you know what? Jesus can take our weakest traits and use them for our good and His glory.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).
Once again, it’s all about Jesus! When we are at our weakest and broken by sin, God has the chance to use His grace to redeem us and renew us with His power. He just wants us to get out of the way and make room for His grace and strength. We need to quit trying to run the show and let God take care of us.
I’ve been writing a lot about being confident in who God calls us to be, but I have to confess that it can be hard for me to live by. I am naturally shy. I love people, and I enjoy having fun–but meeting new people or stepping out of my comfort zone can be a real confidence killer for me.
However, the more I let God work in my life, the more my confidence seems to grow. When I let Christ lead me and strengthen me, I find that I can have courage in the midst of my fears. It’s not like all of a sudden all of my insecurities and worries go away, but I can get through them. It gets easier with time and prayer.
God’s confidence is not just for me–it’s for you as well! Jesus didn’t die for us so we could live timid lives. He wants us to be as bold as lions! I know that I will always be shy, and that’s okay. I believe this makes me a better observer and listener, which in turn helps me with my writing. Let God help you turn your weaknesses into strengths!
The Lord is the strength of my life…In this I will be confident (Psalm 27:1,3 NKJV)
Love, Emily <3
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