How do you go about walking with confidence in your daily life?
As I prepare to head back to work after a (much needed) stay-cation, I’ve been reflecting and searching God’s truth about living out my life in bold confidence for Him. Personally, it can be a bit difficult in a hospital setting (or anywhere in general), where you have to be mindful about sharing your faith with others (co-workers, patients, etc.). This series, so far, has been a great project for that and I look forward to sharing these concepts with you.
Be humble in the present.
In Corinthians 10 verse 1, Paul comes before the church of Corinth in gentleness and is observant of people’s reactions to him being “timid in person” yet bold in his writings (verse 2).We don't have to show boldness according the the world's standards, but by God's standards. Click To Tweet
Instead, he goes onto explain how we, as Christians, should rely on the weapons God makes available to us — prayer, faith, hope, love, scripture, and the Holy Spirit. This is in addition to putting on the armor of God daily and being alert at all times (Ephesians 6:10-20). Personally, I also love how, in verse 19 and 20, Paul asks that the words “may be given to [him] in opening [his] mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the Gospel”. In the past situations, I have found myself wanting to say something, but lacking the confidence to say it; and often enough, it’s due to the fear of how it comes out of my mouth and received by others. Not necessarily in sharing my faith either, but my thoughts in general.
Remain bold in spirit and take every thought captive in Christ.
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ...” — (2 Corinthians 10:5, ESV)
With this verse, the word “thought” comes from the Hebrew-Greek word noēma and stems from the noun noéo, meaning “to perceive. A thought. That which is thought out, planned, devised, in a negative sense“. Satan will try (that’s the keyword) to fill our minds with negative thoughts to keep us quiet; however, it is important to know how to combat this negativity with God’s truth and “teach them to obey Christ”. What we do with these thoughts is our choice. How will I (you) respond? A good way to do this is through prayer and asking the the Lord to give you a discerning spirit to keep your mind focus on God’s truth. Tip: Knowing and repeating scripture out loud helps.
Fear of the Lord.
I am not talking about the kind that causes you to be anxious and break into a cold sweat; but the kind leading to “reverential awe (and respect) toward God”.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” — (Proverbs 1:7, ESV, underlining added).
The Hebrew word used for fear is yir’âh, meaning moral reverence; (exceedingly) awesome; (to be) feared. This kind of fear is viewed as a positive quality as it acknowledges God’s good intentions for our lives and is produced by God’s Word as we seek after Him daily. It, then, gives us the confidence we need to live a life like Christ and with a boldness to share the Good News of the Gospel. The results of this fear help to produce a good life — full of humility, riches, and honor.
Remain sincere in heart.
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” — 1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT)
To others, David did not look much like a king as he, a shepherd boy, tended to his family’s flock; but God saw much more inside. He saw his heart and a potential that would help him be the king Israel needed. Don’t brag about what you do outwardly; but do not be ashamed of the authority God has given you.
According to 2 Corinthians 9 verse 13: “As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity (submission in the ESV) to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ” (parentheses added). When people see us serving with a humble heart, they will see God’s glory through us. Our submission will prove our obedience to sharing the Good News with others.Do not be ashamed of the authority God has given you. Click To Tweet
One of my favorite verses is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 and reads, “But [the Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, ESV)God's power is made perfect in your weakness. Click To Tweet
Soli Deo Gloria,
Also, if you haven’t already, feel free to check out part one of this series here.