How to walk in complete confidence in your purpose
How to Walk in confidence
“I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me”, “I am the righteousness of God”. How many times in your life have you said those things? I know I have said them at least a thousand times each. But when do my words start to line up with my actions and my belief?
For years I knew that I was supposed to be a writer. Whether it was articles, or books, I knew that was my calling. For so many years I put it off, believing that one day I would magically pick up my old manuscript and it would automatically turn into a best -selling novel. Over time, I realized I had to put my hand to the plow, and start the work God had put on the inside of me, and even though I was saying the right things, my actions were going to have to line up with my confession.
When you delve into the scriptures, you really discover how much God has put in each one of us. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). The gifts and talents that we possess are not just for our entertainment, but are there to assist in bringing people to Christ. What we as Christians have to do is, get over ourselves and really stop thinking about all of the reasons why God can’t use us. Below I’m going to show you three self-destructive behaviors that cause people not to walk in confidence, authority, and excellence in their calling;
1.) Comparing yourself to other people: Comparing your single life to Sister Susie and her husband will not create a better life for you. Learn your security in God, learn the things that you are called to do, and walk in those things. You and sister Susie have two different purposes, and once you focus on yours God will show himself strong in every area of your life. “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 6In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths”( Proverbs 3:5).
2.) Not seeking the Lord Diligently about the things he has called you to do: I know that from time to time we set aside time to pray, but it may be scheduled around our aerobics class, or work, and can only be for 30 minutes a day. We need to remember that God is the author and finisher of our fate, and instead of structuring our prayer time into our busy schedule, our prayer time should have precedence and flexibility. Give God the opportunity to minister to you and really build you up and mature you in the things he has called you to do. More time with the father, increases your faith, the power of your gifts, and the manifestation in your life. I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears (Psalm 34:4).
3.) No follow through on the things that God has told us to do: So we find out our purpose and we get excited, but then we don’t meditate on the word or observe the word in our everyday life. The bible has the answers to every single issue you could ever have. So if we are ever discouraged, broken- hearted, angry, or frustrated, the word can show us how to solve our problems. The bible even talks about how to handle certain business situations. When we follow through on what God has told us to do, and commit a certain amount of time to him and the gifts and talents he put in us, we will see the reward of our hard labor. This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good [a]success. Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:8-10).
God loves you, he made you! He knows your deepest desires, joys, and fears are. He wants you to be fulfilled, to love your life, and to most importantly love him to the point that you serve him with your life. Make a commitment today, to seek God on what he has for you. Remember, he already put it in you, it is just your job to discover what it is, and develop it. This will be an exciting journey for you, and as you seek God each and every day, he will reveal to you more and more the purpose and plan he has for your life. For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11)