Devotional 3/7

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says: ” In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and confidence is your strength, but you would have none of it. Isaiah 30:15

For me, its not needing too many answers. I have accepted the fact that I use faith and spirituality for my purpose.
Jason Isbell

Confidence in God, means His way not your way. And placing our confidence in God, gives us courage. A while ago, I began to lose my confidence in God. After being disappointment time and time again, I became disillusioned with God and life. All this did was make me frustrated, and discouraged. Frustration is when you feel hopeless, tired, and helpless about a situation you desire to change. Encourage means to empower, while discourage means to lose power. God gave us a spirit of love, power and self control: not a spirit of fear!

Confidence causes us to move in courage. This is why the Lord tells us throughout the scripture, to not fear. God is with us, and He fights for us. He told Joshua to make a decision, and to stick with it, BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE. Joshua had to choose courage over fear (SELF CONTROL). And God told him why he should live this way moving forward: GOD WAS AND WOULD BE WITH HIM ALL THE DAYS OF HIS LIFE (power of God and the love of God).

courage:

  • Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
  • The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
  • Have the courage of one’s convictions, to act in accordance with one’s beliefs, especially in spite of criticism.

confidence:

  • The feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
  • Trust, belief, faith, credence, conviction
  • The state of feeling certain about the truth of something.
  • A feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.

When we are courageous, we show God and the world what faith looks like. Knowing God is with us, allows us to walk through uncertainty, negativity and adversity. It makes a big difference when we receive the love of God, because love is power, love is trust, and love is faith. When we lose confidence in God, we invite confusion and discouragement. We begin to obsessing over things we want and desire, which then becomes an internal struggle against what God wants and is doing. And we lose trust in His love and sovereign power over all.

God has a plan, and most people confuse themselves by trying to be God Jr. They think they should help God, in His sovereign decision making and even in attaining things He has already predestined and pre-appointed. They offer more mercy than God does, and even try to out give God. God’s thoughts are greater than ours, and His ways are higher than the heavens. The Lord is aware of every detail and goes before us. Sometimes He fights for us, along side us or walks us through with direction, in each battle. Satan came to steal, kill n destroy. But God gives us life, not obsessive thoughts, not anxiety, not worry, nothing related to preoccupation. The spirit of God, gives us word, visions & promises, today I feel moved to remind you, take heart and get out of your head!

Lets pray:

Lord Jesus may every word you’ve told us in secret, and declared over our lives, one by one, become reality. May you remove the lies we have come to believe, whether spoken by our flesh or our enemy Satan and his demons. You are not the author of confusion, but of order and peace. You are a God of love, not of obsession. You are the Most High, and All knowing God. May you test our hearts, and remove every seed that has not been planted by you. And Lord, I ask you to reveal to us the areas where we have lost faith and even the areas we have yet to give to you. Protect us by the mighty blood of Jesus against contrary prayers, in Jesus name, Amen.

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