Confidence – Part 1

What God thinks of us:

Clearly we have some ‘power’ on our own , collectively, apart from Him, but it does us NO GOOD.

If God had not created multiple languages, humans would have already destroyed themselves.

Genesis  11:6 …  God tells us “ this they begin to do; and now NOTHING will be withheld from them, which they have imagined to do”

Psalms 8:6  tells us that MAN is in charge of the earth… the earth has been given to humans to rule…. Satan would be POWERLESS to do anything on earth IF it were not for the fact that HE CAN GET PEOPLE TO DO WHAT HE WANTS so easily…. Satan runs the world by USING PEOPLE… he plants thoughts in their heads and they do what he wants, naturally, in most cases without even realizing it … so therefore man has given his rulership of the earth to Satan… it started in Eden, where man decided to listen to Satan’s advice rather than God’s.

Humans are truly worthless… and that’s the truth !

2 Timothy 3:3  “without self-control” we are all pawns of the demons.

Psalm 62:9 “surely men of low degree are a vapor, men of high degree are a lie”

But there are other verses that tell us that although we are worthless YET if we have the right attitude to God and put our confidence IN HIM (instead of in ourselves), He WILL help us to achieve something with our lives.

Isaiah 66:2 “…Says the LORD, “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is in the LORD”

Self-Esteem is closely linked to PRIDE.. we are to esteem OTHERS as better than ourselves…  “…let each esteem OTHERS better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3)

All flesh is grass…. and the glory of man like the flower of grass… the grass withers and the flower falls away  (1 Peter 1:24)(Isaiah  40:6-8)

You still think SELF-confidence is a good thing ??

Clearly the Bible says that the only “good thing” is to put your confidence IN GOD… TRUST IN THE LORD is what the Bible says humans should do.

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And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything  according to his will, he heareth us; and if we know that he hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:14 – 15)

We MUST exercise FAITH…. sometimes it is harder than others, I know…. but faith says to us that the outcome is certain, and God likes us to believe Him for the impossible (2 Chronicles 16:9)

How do we know if it is according to His will ?

If we are seeking a closer walk with Him… if we are battling sin, bad thoughts and satanic attacks …. if we are seeking to do good to others…. then it is most certainly according to His will…. for it is at these times that we most need His help.

Sometimes He even grants our petition when it is not His will…. like when we are a bit selfish and greedy…. and afterwards we realize that we were wrong and we grow spiritually from the experience.

Dear children of God…. the enemy tries to get us to doubt…. tries to make us feel that God is going to be harsh with us…. but even when bad things happen to us, for whatever reason….. God is there to help us if we will rely on Him, I speak from experience….. God can do ANYTHING and NOTHING is ever too hard for the LORD…. even though the children of Israel saw His wondrous miracles time and time again in the wilderness, everytime they were confronted with a new crisis they grumbled and panicked….. let us not be like them, but look to the Lord in FAITH for another certain victory is right around the corner and we just need to BELIEVE that !

If you are one of God’s dear children…… and if you are having trials today…. if you are feeling gloomy…… take comfort from this His Word..

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them ALL” Psalm 34:19

and from this hymn

“O Thou, in whose presence my soul takes delight, on whom in affliction I call, my comfort by day and my song in the night, My hope, my salvation, my all !”

If you know you are living in sin and apart from God…. then it is not too late…. the devil is a hard taskmaster and you do NOT want to remain in his clutches…. ANY sacrifice you have to make to get right with God is worth it, and “there is joy in heaven over one sinner that repents” (Luke 15:7)….. as long as you live in this world there will always be problems BUT as God’s child you will have His help and you WILL be able to cope…. moreover you will feel His love and peace in your heart…. as well as enjoy His protection and covering over your life.