“Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else.
Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.”
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 MSG
Who do you place your confidence in? Who do you depend on? The government? Your employer? Your Pastor? Yourself?
You’re setting yourself up for defeat and disappointment if you place your confidence in anything or anyone other than God! “Don’t be naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else.”
Ouch! I’ve literally fallen flat on my face before. On the ice. It required 10 stitches. And a bruised ego. Not a good place to be.
The Apostle Paul advises us to “Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless.” We need Someone bigger and wiser who knows the end from the beginning. Who sees the big picture…not just the little snapshot of life we are currently standing in.
And who is that Someone? God! The Omnipotent (All-Powerful) Omni-Present (Everywhere Present) and Omniscient (All-Knowing) God! So instead of depending on yourself, you’re supposed to cultivate God-confidence! Depend on Him! Trust Him! He sure has the credentials!
Cultivate means “to promote or improve the growth (in God), by labor and attention.” So as you cultivate God-confidence, you need to be intentional. It takes work and attention to His ways, His thoughts, His direction. And those would all be housed in the Bible.
Then, when a test or temptation pops up, you can face it head-on! You have cultivated God-confidence. You know that you know that He will never let you down. He will never let you be pushed past your limit. He will take you through it.
You can be sure!! You have been attentive to cultivating confidence in God…and not others or yourself!
About Margo Fieseler
This author hasn't written their bio yet.
Margo Fieseler has contributed 760 entries to our website, so far. View entries by Margo Fieseler.
You also might be interested in
Sign up for Margo's Daily Devos!
FROM THE COMMUNUTY
Yesterday my mom fell again walking outdoors at her apartment…She is okay & was released from hospital after a few hours. On the drive to West Bend after we got the call…I found complete peace just loving my God & knowing He was in control of the situation no matter what it was. And then reading your devotion today made my heart cry out with a love for Him that can’t be put into words.Thank you & thank you & thank you for listening & obeying the Lord.
belief Bible blessing character Christianity Christian Life Christian living comfort counsel Creation daily Devo Devotional Do The Next Right Thing encouragement eternity faith forgiveness God God's Love Grace grateful Gratefulness Healing Heaven holy spirit hope Inspiration jesus joy Love Mercy obedience peace perseverance prayer Protection relationship Religion salvation Savior spirituality trust truth Wisdom Worry