OUR CONFIDENCE IN GOD ENABLES US
One of my readers posed a good question. I hope she/he doesn’t mind if I share it and respond for the benefit of all who visit this blog. Remember dear ones, these are just my opinions and thoughts. I have learned that sometimes people just have to agree to disagree and store away certain topics in a drawer for future meditation and understanding.
Shouldn’t we meet God halfway by beginning to believe in our own abilities of discernment and self-awareness? Knowledge is power.
We should meet God All the way, if we can. However, I don’t know if you have ever been seriously depressed but doing ANYTHING is often next to impossible when you are suffering from depression. I was clinically depressed for years due to the location of my brain tumor. I was so hopeless and unable to read my Bible. One time I heard the still small voice of the Holy Spirit say in response to my grief over not being able to concentrate and study the Word, “It’s ok, just don’t walk away.”
God understands our “condition” and state of mind. Sometimes He simply asks us to hold on as He carries us. He provides helps. Eventually, He will require us to stand and feed ourselves the Living Word. However, when grief, a chemical imbalance, or even hormones cause a person weakness and doubt, I believe God will compassionately love on us until we can once again believe in God’s strength to make us whole. Depression is a state of mind we should battle using the Spiritual Amor He has provided. We can try to prevent it by reading the Word every day but humanity is frail. Most of us will be cut down to our knees when someone dear to us dies or we are told we have a serious illness. Our confidence and identity should be in God, not ourselves. We are to be His reflection. Our confidence and strength is in the Lord.
We do all have spiritual gifts. It takes time to identify them and courage to step out in faith to begin using them. In fact, it takes me courage and faith EVERY time I have a word of wisdom, knowledge, or discernment for a fellow believer. My confident in myself is never enough. I have to have confidence that the tugging on my heart is from the Holy Spirit. Confidence in self is one thing but it is the confidence we have in God’s character and the fact that He cannot lie, therefore the Bible is not a lie that carries the believer to the Throne Room of God. It is here that we confidently stand before our Lord knowing that He loves His adopted children, even when they are weak or in a sin state of “dirty rags.”
So to conclude: It is only by having confidence in God and all of His promises that I can find true confidence to approach His throne and talk to him through prayer. It is because of my confidence in Him that I am able to use the abilities He has given me to bless and serve others. Knowledge IS power, He tells us it is even better than a chest full of rubies. I encourage all of you to gain knowledge by reading the Word of God. I also encourage you to discover your spiritual gifts.
Below is a site you can go for a quick test. I recently took it and found that it confirmed what I thought to be my personal spiritual gifts. They ask for a dollar donation, if you feel led to give. Blessings!
PROVERBS 14:26 (ESV)
In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.
JEREMIAH 17:7-8 (NIV)
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.