Saturday, February 13, 2016

Holy Confidence

One of the primary ways the devil attacks us ladies, I believe, is that he steals our confidence. Not the “I’m more beautiful than anyone else” kind, but the inward beauty of Christ. Not the “I can do this all by myself—without people or God” kind of confidence, but the “I can do all things through Christ.” (Phil. 4:13)

This is the real world… I know. It’s so hard to walk with your head held high when someone has just finished making a rude comment about your makeup/outfit/overall appearance or mocked inward beauty. It’s tough.

Satan knows that by stealing our confidence, he’ll more easily be able to steal other things from us. But by living life in the confidence of the Lord, He will give us three specific qualities as our reward (not limited to these three, but these are the ones that stood out to me).

With holy confidence, we will display joy.

We can’t have the confidence of the Lord without the Lord. He is the one who puts the spring in our step even when our outfit is labeled “boring” or we’re internally a roller coaster of emotions. He promises to give us joy! “Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.” 1 Chronicles 16:27 When we spend time with Jesus, we will experience his splendor and majesty, His strength and joy.

With holy confidence, we will exhibit peace.

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 By focusing on the Lord we will come to the point of peace where we’ll realize how much better inward beauty is than our outward beauty. The world constantly tells us to lose our focus and look to the “treasures” the world offers… whether it be a better outfit or just the mindset of doing things yourself (“You don’t need anybody but yourself”). Peace comes through Jesus not the world. When we focus on Jesus and keep our mind on Him, we will keep the confidence and peace we desire.

With holy confidence, we will gain compassion.

Compassion for others. You and I aren’t the only ones losing our confidence. Every female—young girl or elderly woman—at some point or another will experience a loss of confidence. With this knowledge, we can encourage others through our compassionate hearts. Everyone who struggles desires to have someone to sympathize. We have influence to encourage our sisters in Christ, telling them that we don’t have to give up our confidence!

By choosing to continue in the confidence of the Lord and keeping our focus on Him, we will receive joy, peace, and compassion. It’s not going to be easy, but with this knowledge we don’t have to give up what’s ours… we can live in the fullness of holy confidence!

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