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women's devotional bible #3030challenge

In contrast to last night’s study on humility this evening I went over confidence. Interestingly enough, I didn’t intend on studying confidence.

I wasn’t sure what to study, having nailed my biggies: anger, forgiveness, and patience. So I prayed for God to direct me and show me what I need to brush up on and confidence seemed to stick out.

I always believed myself a confident woman. But after reading what the Bible had to say on the subject, I realized I wasn’t really confident. Just some unbalanced combination of narcissistic and proud.

Based on what I read, this is what I gathered…

  1. Faith + Pride = Arrogance
  2. Doubt + Humility = Anxiety
  3. Faith + Humility = Confidence

Having faith without humility leads to arrogance. On the other hand, humility without faith is what causes anxiety and worry. Having faith AND humility is what leads to a genuine confidence and not confidence’s ugly third cousin, pride.

  • Being confident of this, that he how began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)
  • I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
  • For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. (Proverbs 3:26)

I realize that I can be confident in all things by accepting what I’m not, but knowing what God is and trusting that all is going as He planned. And His plans are good.

*Rae

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