Over the past couple of weeks, I have been feeling this call to live in confidence. I can feel God pulling me out of my comfort zone, out of the thoughts that have become habitual for me over the past years, because of the circumstances of my life. Those thoughts go something like this: “God can do ANYTHING. He can do the impossible, work miracles, and do more than all I ask or imagine. I just don’t ask for or imagine much.” How often do we limit God by thinking thoughts like this? We don’t ask for the best, we just ask for a little bit better. We don’t imagine the miracle, we imagine the improvement. This isn’t confidence, you guys. This is keeping God “safe”.
To be honest and real with you all, I am living a miracle right now, today. I am breathing in the power of God every second. I can only think He brought me to this point so that I can give hope to others. There was no hope in my life. There was no expectation of relief. There was no chance for me to live the life I am living today. My life was dark, ruled by fear, fueled by depression and anxiety. I didn’t dare ask God for the miracle. I just asked him, every day, if the burden could be lifted a little bit. If I could get just a little room to breathe. A little strength to function.
My friends – God doesn’t want to give us “a little bit.”
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe in Him. This is the same power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
God didn’t just raise Christ from the dead so that we could look at Him and say, “wow, awesome.” He raised Christ from the dead as an example of what He wants to do in our lives, what He will do in our lives if we just live in understanding of His power, in trust of His goodness, in expectation of His actions.
Be Confident That You Will Get More
Over and over again in the Old Testament, God shows His people that He wants more for them. He doesn’t just want them to drive the enemy out of the land. He wants to give them spoils of war. He tells them that they will eat the fruit of vineyards they did not plant, drink water from wells they have not dug, that they would enter houses stocked with goods they did not produce (Deuteronomy 6:11). They did not just get the land they overtook, but so much more along with it.
When you’re in the battle, sometimes you don’t remember these things. When the weight of your problem is heavy on your back, you forget that you can hold your head high and lift your face to the heavens and know that you are blessed, that you are chosen, that you are already victorious and that you will get more than what you need. Because God is a God of power, a God of blessing, a God of miracles.
Be Confident That It’s Not Somebody Else
I am always so tempted to think that it’s somebody else the blessing is for. It’s somebody else the miracle is for. Never me. Do you ever feel that the miracles are for others, and not you? Do you feel as though you’ve been crushed with the same ever-increasing load for so long you will never be able to stand up under it, and the most you can hope for is a little help, a small bit of relief? I felt that way all the time. I resented it some times, but mostly just accepted it. And then God turned my life upside down, in less time than it took me to even process it.
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9-10
The word chosen here, eklektos, actually means a deeply personal choice, chosen by God for the rendering of a special service to Him. It’s YOU. God chose YOU to be a part of His chosen people, YOU to be a part of His holy nation, YOU to show His goodness in a unique and amazing way that nobody else on this planet can.
I found the concept of myself being chosen, of living in power so hard to believe. But I am telling you guys, I stood in a place of desolation and desperation. Today I stand in a place of rest and abundance. I stood in in hopelessness, I stand in confidence. I stood in darkness, I stand in the light of Jesus Christ. And I’m not just talking about salvation. I was saved, when I stood in that dark place. But I wasn’t living in confidence, I wasn’t expecting or even asking God to come to my rescue.
But I started. Even when I didn’t expect it, couldn’t expect it, because my heart was so downtrodden and listless I couldn’t bear to get my hopes up one more time to have them dashed to the ground. I started there. In honesty and reality before God. And I told Him that I was making the choice to believe, even when my feelings didn’t line up. And day after day I continued to make the choice, to commit to believing Him and not anything else. And as soon as I started asking, He started delivering. Never asking more of me than I could give, but growing me and stretching me, and taking me from one wobbly step forward to running in confidence, breathing in love and life and hope until my whole being was revived.
And I’m still running today. And I’m telling you that today is your day. Start believing. Start asking for more. Start living in confidence.