Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lack of Confidence- Part 2

In part one, here, I discussed the struggle I have been having with my self confidence and how it has been directly related to my self image.  And sadly I am seeing myself in the most negative ways.

But here is the truth: as a Christian, I am a daughter of God, no matter what size I am. I have worth, and value and I was created in God's image. My confidence shouldn't be determined by anything that I do or can't do, because honestly, I am a weak sinner. 

But, God in his mercy sent Jesus to die on the cross, the death I should have died as payment for my sins, and with his death, burial and resurrection, he became the propitiation by his blood so that I could have eternal life in the presence of God! (Propitiation is basically a big word meaning atoning sacrifice i.e. he not only took all of our sins upon himself, but he also removed them from us forever). Romans 3:23-28 says,
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. (ESV)
 There is nothing I can do to earn or work for salvation.  It is a gift given by God.  I can't boast or brag about anything I've done, because I haven't done anything.  All that I have is a faith in Jesus Christ, and he is my Savior and Lord.

So what does this have to do with self confidence?  When I try to become confident in my own abilities, intelligence, beauty, fill in the blank, that confidence won't hold up. It will falter.  There will always be someone stronger, faster, smarter, prettier...  But when my confidence is in who I am through Jesus Christ, I know that:

I am God's workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3)
I am not alone and I need not fear (Isaiah 43:1-3, Deuteronomy 31:6-8)
I am victorious in Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57)
I have received eternal life and cannot be taken out of God's hand (John 10:28)
I do not belong to this world (John 15:19)
I am a child of God (John 1:12, Romans 8:14-15)

And these facts are eternal.  Yet, even in light of these wonderful reminders of who God says I am, I still struggle with doubts, self image and confidence.  But I don't have to stay in that mind set.  Every day, if I choose to focus on God and who He is and who he says I am as listed in the scriptures then I have a newfound confidence that is given by God through Jesus Christ. 

Don't focus your attention on who you think you are or who others say you are, focus on who God says you are and live confident!

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