Our confidence should not come from somewhere within ourselves. Our confidence should be attained from our value in God.
People often believe that in order to develop confidence we need to love ourselves, but what does that even mean? Do you feed yourself when you’re hungry? Do you clothe yourself when you’re cold? Do you give yourself the material items that you don’t really need but the things that you simply want? Do you look out for yourself, desiring to have what is best for you? I’m pretty certain that if you answered ‘yes’ to at least one or more of these questions that you do a
pretty good job of loving yourself.
The world tells us we need to believe in our appearance and abilities in order to succeed, but we are created in God’s image and aside from Him we are nothing.
God’s word says in John 15:5-7
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you willask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
God wants us to realize we can’t do it on our own. We all are sinners and apart from God’s forgiveness we deserve the eternal punishment of hell. We now have the opportunity to choose life through the sacrifice of God’s son who gave His life so we could have eternity in paradise with Him. There is nothing that we have done or can do that would ever make us worthy enough to be spend our eternity in heaven with our Father, we are nothing aside from God.
For so many years I longed for the confidence I always heard about, the confidence that this society tells us we need, as I searched and searched I realized I was looking in all the wrong places. I have nothing to boast about in the flesh but I have everything to boast about in my relationship with God and who He is and what He has done for not only me but for all of us.
This following scripture proves this to be true.
2 Corinthians 10:17-18
But, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.”
We are to have confidence in who God is and what He has done and will do for us. We need to shine our lights in this dark world and stop glorying in the things we have accomplished in the flesh. The only way any of us can have true success, true confidence, is through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We need to stop trying to believe in ourselves and believe in our God.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
By Jordan Momyer
Jordan A. Momyer is a certified personal fitness trainer who began writing professionally in 2010. Her writing has appeared online at livestrong.com, juliemomyerblog.com, and jolexmo.blogspot.com. Jordan does missions work in Mexico and specializes in youth fitness and nutrition.