by Yvette van Niekerk
Joshua 1: 9 (GNT)
9 “Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the LORD your God, am with you wherever you go.”
For many years I have allowed people to influence me, making me feel inadequate and not worthy. I didn’t have confidence in my own life. I worried that I couldn’t do much and felt very discouraged.
I divorced when I was in my late thirties and remarried in my late forties. My husband allowed me to expand my horizons, and I began to feel confident. I am learning new things and exploring new avenues.
I started focusing on my strengths, and I saw that when I baked a cake, I would rate myself as a 3 (under average), but as I progressed I realised, I am learning more about the art of baking I feel confident that I have now reached the level 7 (better than average). I am aspiring to become a 10 (excellent) with baking cakes.
God created me to excel at what I do. I believe God wants to bless me, and I think he delights in my progress. I believe God is merciful, and if I can open myself up to God, I may receive His mercy and blessings. I think God sees my faith in the Lord Jesus and my hearts attitude.
I believe my confidence in God is the primary purpose of my life, and I want to please God. I have learned that I can only have faith in God alone, not in the world, not in other people or myself. I draw my strength and my purpose from the Lord Jesus according to Philippians 4 verse 13 APM “I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfil His purpose – I am self- sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”
I want to encourage you today, be confident in the Lord Jesus Christ. You will learn and grow each day as you stay focused in Him. We are growing every day. Praise God.
Yvette van Niekerk