I learned something today. Something BIG, something beautiful... something, I pray, that will help me live more fully in and for Him.
First, what I already knew, is that I lack self confidence. Growing up I was put down a lot, teased a lot (I was the taller than everyone girl with goofy teeth) and I was discouraged a lot. It kind of stuck.
Over the years I have grown more courageous, but I still lack confidence and at the first seeming sign of condemnation, I shut down.
What God showed me today was AMAZING. He revealed to me how valued I am to Him and how that is the only confidence and approval I need. God showed me how having confidence in Him and speaking in the Spirit at all times will give me the words and approval I need: His words and approval.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. - John 16:13 (ESV)
Through Christ I can encounter individuals and speak with confidence in Him, not in myself. My confidence in Christ will never fail me, never be bruised by bad words or disappointment, and never fall short of giving me the peace He wants me to have.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. - Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
If we are truly living in Christ and He in us, should we not be the most confident people in society? Not self confident and full of our own value, but Christ Confident and full of his-self and value!
May you be Christ Confident today (and every day!)