We should be joyful who we are. And not spend our days complaining about what we don’t have, simply because others have it.
Let’s practice thankfulness and be forgiving.
We all face “storms” in life. Some are more difficult than others, but we all go through trials and tribulations. That’s why we have the gift of faith.
How to Build Your Faith and Confidence. There are so many things that clamor for our attention and devotion: our jobs, our kids, our spouses, our hobbies—the demands and distractions of life.
And we have to be careful not to let them become more important or more of a priority than our relationship with God.
Ephesians 6:16 (NIV) calls it the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Doubt is a type of “flaming arrow” that the enemy uses to attack our faith.
We usually experience doubt after we’ve made a decision.
In James 1:6, the Bible says having doubt is like being tossed about like the wind, which feels like you’re trying to go in two different directions at the same time.
And it’s miserable to be torn between two places, not able to decide what you really believe.
It’s in those moments we have to choose whether we are going to believe God or the enemy, our feeling, what people tell us, or our circumstances.
When doubt comes against us, we have to lift up the shield of faith. We do this when we open our mouth and say what God’s Word says, rather than grumbling and complaining about the problem.
Our faith is released as we say, pray and do the Word. So, in those times, open your mouth and say, “I believe that everything God has told me will come to pass!”
Maybe you’re doubting whether you can hear God’s voice or not. This happens because we usually doubt ourselves more than we doubt God.
Now, I’m not talking about actually hearing a voice. I’m talking about knowing what we have inside our hearts, about what is right or wrong. That’s the “still, small voice” of God (see 1 Kings 19:11-13).
The Bible says in James 1:5 that when we need wisdom, we can go to God, ask Him for it. And He will give it to us “liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding” (AMPC).
What this means is that even with our imperfections, God will be faithful to us and give us what we need if we will ask Him for help.
He loves us, blesses us and uses us in spite of us, because He is faithful! And we never have to doubt that.
I’ve learned through my own relationship with God that He’s not expecting me to be perfect. He wants me to do my best to be in His will and take steps of faith as He leads me through His Word and as He speaks to my heart.
Remember, He wants us to put our confidence in Him. God really does want to speak to you personally and lead you in His great plan for your life.
So, don’t be afraid to step out and do what’s in your heart. If you make a mistake, you’ll learn from it and go on. That’s how we “step out and find out.” And we all have to do it.
I want to encourage you to begin saying things every day that will help you grow in your faith and confidence in God.
How to Build Your Faith and Confidence. We need to make declarations like:
“God loves me. He wants to speak to my heart. I can hear from God. He is faithful to me and will lead me in His will for my life. And I believe it will be exactly as God has told me!”
By God’s grace, we can be bold in faith and overcome every attack of doubt during the storms of life.