Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.
Do you have a clear idea how to engage with the God of the Bible?
So many believers are trying to access Him with their heads; but in fact the part of you that is designed to engage with God is your heart.
If you stay in a superficial place with God, life is unsatisfying and frustrating. You live on a natural plane when you know that the supernatural realm is available to you. It is as though you are fishing in the bathtub and catching nothing, when you could come over to the lake and discover a whole new world of fish!
Just as the digestive system is designed to process the food we put into our mouths in order to extract the life and the energy out of it, so your heart is designed to process God’s Word and get the life that is contained within the seed of the Word out into your life. Whatever the Word says, you can experience it if you will allow your heart to engage with it.
The devil knows this and that is why he attempts to paralyze and cripple the human heart with all kinds of trouble.
He will take you to the place where you more readily believe “Murphy’s Law”, which states that “Everything that could go wrong will go wrong and at the worst possible time’, than the promises of God’s goodness in the Word. Someone else can preach the Word to you, but until you have the confidence to say it about yourself, you cannot access your reward. You are too focused on the fear of a negative outcome.
So why are we so vulnerable to failing confidence?
1 John 3:21 gives us insight: ‘Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.’
Feeling disqualified and outside of God’s favor causes our hearts to condemn us. The awareness of not being good enough because of failures, mistakes, repeated wrong actions and choices, together with the memory of past sin – all this makes us put our faith in park.
How you see yourself is as crucial in life as how you see God, because you will always behave in a manner consistent with how you see yourself. If you have an innate sense that others have more of a right to be alive and to enjoy life; to live in a mansion and to drive good, look good and live good than you have, condemnation is robbing your heart of confidence before God.
How is your relationship with your heart?
The Word of God says that there is a portion with your name on it and that goodness is stored up for you. You have to go to that job interview knowing that the job is yours. You have to stop complaining that no one will ever want you, and be able to look in the mirror and say, ” I am wonderfully made, so someone is going to want this! I am awesome and I am worth pursuing.”
If your preacher is bent on explaining to you why you lost what you lost, and why you can’t have what you want, you are hearing Old Covenant teaching.
It’s time to take your life out of park and fulfill the will of God for your life. Renewed confidence and acceptance of the Word of God, in the knowledge of the grace of God, will release your reward.
Today, in the name of Jesus, whatever it is that you have been facing; whatever it is that has been too strong for you; wherever you parked in life; every challenge that brought you to a standstill and everywhere that your progress has been hampered and hindered, I speak the spirit of grace over your life.
May God lift you to higher ground, deliver you from things that are too strong for you and enable you to overcome challenges that you couldn’t shift by yourself. His power is perfected in your weakness. Now rest in that power since no flesh will glory in His presence. Jesus Christ of Nazareth makes you whole.