This morning during my devotional time with God, I asked him to let me hear what His Will was for me today. I wanted to know what He needed me to write about so that I could bless someone with His message. Then, I sat there and listened. The thought popped into my head to scroll Facebook for the first inspirational message and then write about it. He typically prompts me this way, so I opened Facebook and was surprised to see a Memory of mine that popped up about a new book I had gotten a while back by Joyce Meyer, entitled “The Confident Woman”. So I immediately grabbed that book from my book shelf where God led me again. If you are reading this message, it was meant for you!
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. ~ Joshua 1:9
If you’ve been following me, you already know my word of the year is “Fearless”, and the first devotional I opened up was entitled “Do it Afraid”. It sounds a little contradictory doesn’t it. There are 100 bible verses about fear and anxiety and clearly He doesn’t want us to fear and asks us to give Him all of our fears and to put our trust in Him. This can be very hard at times, especially when we are going through trials of difficulties.
When I started turning some pages in The Confident Woman, I started to gather a theme and the message that God wanted me to share today. I realized that if I want to make an impact on others, I have to realize that God is with me and is always leading me and I should feel confident because I have His Favor and am covered with His Armor. All I have to be is myself. So whether we do it fearlessly, or we do it afraid, we just need to do it confidently! He knows the road ahead of us and He goes before us and continues to walk with us every step of the way. We need to remember all of those positive affirmations and keep telling ourselves that we are worthy, we are enough, we are empowered, we have His Favor, and He is always working things out for our good. Even though things may seem like they will never get better we have to trust in God and His timing.
Those times when we take the wrong path, and we will, He will turn us around and get us back on track. It may just take us a little longer to get there, but we will get there. When we are in these times of trials, we are growing and learning the entire time and that makes us better people. So embrace the trials for what they are, opportunities to become closer to God. He never promised us that life would be easy. We just need to remain in faith and do it fearlessly or do it afraid, knowing that God has your back! Either way, do it confidently because with God you can’t go wrong. You will meet your goals and live out your dreams when you just stick with it for the duration. Don’t give up!