01 Mar God-Confidence!
The word confidence means the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust. a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s
appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.
I like the first definition: firm trust. God is a firm trust.
It is healthy to have confidence as a person, but it is great to be able to have trust in God, and His word. Trust is a compelling force in our lives. It is possible to
believe something and yet not be confident in that belief. We only get the full benefit of our faith when we believe something so strongly that we are confident
The bible says, in Psalm 118:8, It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
Hebrews 10:35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.
1 John 5:14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
Psalm 23:6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life, And I will dwell* in the house of the LORD Forever.
I love that word, surely. It lets us know that whatever may come our way that surely God will see to it that goodness and mercy go after us.
It also shows you are never alone; even when you feel alone, you are not.
You must be persuaded that God will work things out for your good. He is a promise keeper. And He cannot lie!
When we have confidence in God to work things out, there is stability; there is peace like no other, there is a flow of assurance that we can’t explain. If you are
struggling with fear and anxiety concerning your future, remember God promises to show you His goodness in the situation.
There is a story in the bible about a man called Joseph. Joseph had a dream about becoming great one day; he even saw his brothers bowing down. He was so
excited that he told his entire family about his dream. Still, instead of being excited and happy for Joseph, they ridiculed him and even became jealous, envious
of Joseph to the point that his brothers devised a plan to kill him. They waited for him as they saw him a far off and they beat on him, tore his clothes and a coat
that his father made for him and threw him in a pit. As they were compilating on what to do with him, one of his brothers convinced the others not to kill him
but instead sell him to a band of Egyptians to be a slave. With a family like that, you don’t need enemies. Lol.
What I find interesting about Joseph’s story, even as a slave, the word says that God was with Joseph and made Him have favor with his master to the point
he gave Joseph charge of his whole house. The wife of the master was very attracted to Joseph to the point she begged him to sleep with her, but Joseph was a
man that feared God and a man of integrity. He denied the master’s wife her lustful demand. So she lied on Joseph and said that he tried to rape her. Of course,
the master called the authorities, and Joseph was sent to prison. (Ok, so your brothers sold you, and now you’ve been lied on and sent to prison because of a
lie). Again the bible says God was with Joseph and caused him to have favor with the head person in charge of the prison. Even in prison, Joseph saw the
goodness of God and knew that God was with Him. Despite the bad Joseph, confidence in the Lord never wavered.
There is so much more to this story but let me tell you the end. Joseph was the 2nd man in charge of the whole in entire Egypt; the pharaoh favored Joseph and
entrusted him with his kingdom and his goods.
This story shows us that when God is on our side when He is with you. Goodness and mercy must show up! The results will be you on the top! Have confidence in God! You will not regret it! Till next time, be God-confident!
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