Sometimes I wonder how brave and courageous I truly am. It’s easy to look at all accomplishments from the past and think that it didn’t take much to get through those moments and to those moments in life. The past can be oversimplified, negating what God has done in my life. On the other hand, the goals in front of me seem larger than life, often with teeth and claws, ready to do battle and knock my confidence down a few notches.
In the moments when I am trying to move forward and be courageous, doubts sneak in, like thieves, and undermine the path that the Lord has laid out for me. Why do I ever doubt what the Lord has set in motion? This is the same God who created the heavens and the earth. Surely, He can handle the unknown details of my future. I’m pretty sure that my life is much simpler than arranging atoms.
In Philippians, Paul talks about a level of confidence that I need for my daily life. At that moment, Paul was imprisoned (possibly house arrest) and was writing a letter to the church in Philippi, thanking them, and encouraging the people to be brave in the face of persecution.
Philippians 1:4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (NIV).
Paul knew that the people of Philippi would encounter doubters, nay-sayers (AKA Facebook bullies), and all sorts of negativity from all around them, possibly even self doubt, though that isn’t mentioned here. What Paul wrote then still applies now.
What things are you afraid of when it comes to your spiritual life? What areas are you brave and what things make you a bit weak in the knees? Honestly, it’s okay to be afraid, or a little intimidated by things in your life. If you weren’t, there would be no room to grow spiritually, nor would there be much of a need to lean on the Lord Jesus if we were never afraid. We just can’t let doubt creep in.
Go and be brave in the things that God has called you to do. Experience your gifts the way that He has intended you to.
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