In my Christian journey, I’ve noticed that the more I know about God, the more I have an understanding of God’s love for me and Who I belong to. Coupled with this newfound understanding of what it means when the Bible says that God has already taken the time to write down all of our days (Psalm 139:15-16), I’ve found that my confidence has grown. It has dramatically grown!
One thing that I’m sure of though, is that without Christ I wouldn’t be able to walk boldly knowing that the Holy Spirit is going before me. I certainly couldn’t walk the same if I was walking in my own strength.
I was always the child who wouldn’t stop talking to people in class but completely froze if I was in front of a crowd. However, this is so ironic considering that I’ve grown up and taken part in quiet a few theatrical performances – one of which also consisted of my taking part in a duet. When you have a relationship with the Lord, you begin to understand that, as Christians, we are here to live to the glorification of God’s name! We are not perfect beings (only God is perfect) so it is okay to make mistakes. It is okay to get things wrong in front of people, but you have to own that mistake. Confidently saying, “I was wrong” or “That was a mistake” is so much better than shying away and allowing condemnation to run havoc in your mind.
I say this as someone who did shy away and sometimes still does. There are times when I’m literally arguing with myself (internally obviously because if I did that out loud people would think I was crazy lol) about the need to speak up. If you’ve been there before, trust me, I understand the struggle!
Condemnation, in and of itself, is not from God. The Bible states that there is now no condemnation for those who believe in Christ Jesus. We will be convicted by the Holy Spirit if we do something wrong, but not condemned. So when you feel condemned or overly worried about speaking out, ask yourself, “Is this from God or is it not?”. Then proceed to pray for the strength and boldness that only God can give you.
Walking confidently with God as your focal point should not cause arrogance, as God is the One who will receive all of the glory and praise. As well as that, salvation is a gift so we cannot even boast about that. What we can do, though, is outline all of the things that God has done for us in this journey we call life. Be confident in knowing that God took the time to knit you together in your mother’s womb; He looks at you and sees His beautiful creation. Don’t be afraid to talk in front of the crowd (I’m even talking to myself here) because the Holy Spirit can be your guide on what to say and what not to say – just ask Him!
I will do another post soon about confidence but within this post I just wanted to focus on having an understanding of the fact that as you are God’s creation, you are precious. No one can take that away from you. So as you journey through this upcoming year, walk boldly with the Lord.