The confident woman. Who is she really? And do I have what it takes to be completely confident in who God has called me to be?
I’ve often wondered that, and I wonder if you have to.
For most of us, the word ‘confident’ evokes the image of a woman who has it all together. She doesn’t struggle with self-doubt; she knows her purpose and position in ministry; she doesn’t question her calling; she is secure in her role as a wife and mother; she can handle all that life throws her way; she effortlessly manages her home, and the list goes on.
While most of us may see this as the image of a confident woman, this is not the reality within a confident woman.
You see, a confident woman knows that her confidence does not come from what she accomplishes as a ministry leader or her calmness in a tense situation. And she is assured that ‘who she is’ does not depend on how many loads of laundry she will get done or whether she attends the monthly women’s luncheon at church.
A confident woman makes it apparent that the level of her confidence runs parallel to her dependance on God. It is not based on her performance level. A confident woman understands that the presence of imperfection in her life encourages her to rely on God to fill the places where she lacks. She knows that all temporal things on this earth will change, and because the great I AM never changes, she can be secure and confident in who she is, because of who He is.
Proverbs 3:26a says this, “For the LORD will be your confidence…”
Did you see that? God is your source of confidence! HE is who will give you the confidence you need! It’s called God-fidence, and it’s critical for you and I to start believing what HE says about us instead of what others say and also instead of the unachievable expectations we place on ourselves.
When we allow God to be our source of confidence, then we can stop the cycle of suffering through a lifetime of doubt and uncertainty in our personal lives, families and ministries.
So you may be wondering if there is anyone who really carries the mantle of confidence everyday? Is this confidence possible for me?
My answer to that is...yes! But many times, we have our ear tuned in more to a deceitful enemy who wants to tear us down instead of listening to our mighty God who wants to build us up.
So take some time, right now, to identify the specific areas where doubt and uncertainty reside within you. Then take a look at the following truths in God’s word and invite God to strengthen your heart and soul and mind to believe what he says.
Because of the great I AM, you can have confidence today that:
You are chosen (Ephesians 1:4-5).
You are qualified (2 Corinthians 3:5).
God placed you here for such a time as this (Matthew 5:13-16).
You can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).
God has equipped, gifted and purposed you for great things (Hebrews 13:20-21).
You are accepted (Colossians 1:21-22).
God is preparing within you what He has prepared for you (Ephesians 2:10).
You are forgiven (1 John 1:9).
You are an overcomer (Romans 8:37).
Your mistakes no longer condemn you (2 Peter 1:9).
You are never alone (Hebrews 13:5).
You are uniquely made (Psalm 139:14).
You are unconditionally loved and eternally bound to God (Titus 3:4-5 & John 3:16).
You have what it takes and are more than enough (Ephesians 1:17-18).
You are redeemed (Ephesians 1:7).
Your former shame has no power in your present (1 Peter 2:6).
You are beautiful and without blemish (Psalm 139:14 & Hebrews 8:12).
You are strong, and God has armed you with the potential to get through any obstacle you face (Isaiah 40:28-31).
This resource written by Linda Seidler for Leading and Loving It