Don’t cast away your confidence
February 14, 2014
Some of the most challenging things we face are the words spoken over us. Words of defeat, shame, hurt or blame. “You’ll never be good enough.” “Your marriage is over.” “You’ll never get out of debt.” “You’ll never be healed.” Words like these are intended to destroy your hope and trash your confidence. But you don’t have to let the weapon of words prosper in your life. God promises, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me” (Isaiah 54:17).
Most of the attacks we face today begin with these taunts from the enemy attempting to destroy our confidence. It’s like he’s saying, “You have faith in God because He has delivered you before but don’t be so confident that He will get you out of this one.” You believe God is able to heal, but then you’re faced with the doctor telling you, “It’s cancer.” And suddenly, you’re reminded that it’s the same kind of cancer that killed your uncle and cousin. The Enemy wants to shake your confidence to get you thinking, “God heals … but maybe not this time.” Perhaps you get news of massive layoffs at work. You know that God is your provider, but several of your friends ended up in bankruptcy after the layoff. So how can you think your situation will be different?
When you come up against attacks like that, remember the words of Hebrews 10:35, “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” The Bible tells us to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). When you bring the threats to God, trusting Him and not your own understanding, it brings peace that stands guard over your heart and mind.