Where Confidence Comes From

On Saturday, I was having a bunch of bad thoughts run through my mind. They were the same thoughts that I typically get attacked with, “You’re not good enough, you’ll never make it, you’ll never be successful, you’ll never be this, you’ll never do that..” Those thoughts started overwhelming me, so I decided to spend some time with God. I read the book of Philippians.

Philippians 3:3 stuck out to me. It says, “We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort…

When I read that verse, I started thinking about everything God has done for me in the past 11 years. I actually wrote an entire page worth of things that God has done in and through my life in my journal. I was overwhelmed with gratitude.I realized that in my own effort, I could have NEVER made any of those things happen.

When I focused on everything I had to be grateful for, every bad thought I had disappeared.  I was having bad thoughts because I started believing the lie that I could accomplish great things in my own effort.

Philippians 1:6 says, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

Everything good in my life is a result of God doing something! God started the work and if I’ll continually put my confidence in Him and follow Him wherever He leads me, He’ll finish the work. When you get this, you will have all the confidence you need!

Bottom line: Confidence comes from trusting in God, not in yourself!

If you ever have the same negative thoughts come into your mind that I did, take these actions steps:

1.) Make a list of everything God has done in and through your life. Write it down. Ask yourself, “How many of these things could have I made happen by myself?”

2.) Thank God for everything He has done and put your confidence in Him, not your efforts!

3.) When you start having negative thoughts about what you can do with your life, go back to your list.

When you consistently remind yourself of what God has done in your life, it causes you to put no confidence in your own effort and all of your confidence in God’s ability to do what He wants to do in and through your life.

Be grateful. Put no confidence in your own effort. Trust God. 


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