Have Confidence in God
I’m seeing a new trend in the world – or maybe it’s just my own perspective. I am observing somewhat more boldness among believers to openly express their faith. And I’m not talking about preaching, witnessing and proselytizing, necessarily.
You may know that I substitute teach in middle and high schools. The other day I saw several children being fearless to talk about going to church and, even in a discussion, I saw some chutzpa, you might call it. You might not approve but here it is.
The other day some middle school children were discussing something, I don’t even remember what, but a young teenage girl said, correcting something a boy had said, “So and so, whatever the point was, you need Jesus.” Just like that. I thought, “Wow.” Now maybe this is something they saw on TV or maybe this was … I have no idea, but it seemed gloriously victorious and bold, and I was encouraged.
Letting The Holy Spirit Move Us
This morning on NPR I heard a pro-life demonstrator tell a reporter, “I just go wherever the Holy Spirit tells me to go.” I just wonder how many times the secular world hears that. That encouraged me too. Both of these comments were delivered so naturally, too. No religious spirit, just telling it like it is. That’s how I want to be.
What an impact we might have if we just let the Holy Spirit use us as we become more and more comfortable in our walk with God. I don’t mean comfortable in the sense of “I want to stay in my comfort zone and not take any risks.” Quite the opposite. I mean comfortable in the sense of being comforted by the Holy Spirit and confident in Him, remembering Whom we are serving and why we are here.
Scriptures About Confidence
Here are some verses about confidence:
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to have confidence in man.” (Psalm 118:8)
“And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” (I John 2:28)
“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.” (I John 3:21)
And one of the best:
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6)
And remember, we are His lights to the world, a city set on a hill. We are called to make disciples. So, brothers and sisters, continue to trust Him, put Him first and believe that He will provide all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) For many years I thought that saying was only for missionaries and fulltime workers in the kingdom. But now I believe it applies to us all. He wants to prove Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are perfect before Him. (II Chronicles 16:9).
Keep trusting, keep praying, keep believing, keep obeying His word and keep loving Jesus. He is calling you to greatness.