Don't Throw Away Your Confidence

I have noticed with myself and others that it seems as if our faith is unshakable when things are running smoothly, when there is enough money to pay the bills and maintain a household, when our health is good and when everything seems to be blue skies and sunshine. We can be God’s biggest fans when things are going the way we think they should be. What happens then when the applecart is upset?

There have been periods in my life when hardships and anguish have made me feel like throwing my hands up and saying what’s the use, or I quit, or I just can’t do this anymore. (If we were in the same room I would ask for a show of hands to see if any of you have ever felt like this). I believe losing confidence comes from a combination of discouragement, a faith that isn’t as strong as we thought it was, or unbelief. It can strike all ages and all levels of faith; to the new babe in Christ or the weathered mature soldier; and when those times come, I can imagine Satan standing off to the side doing a victory dance waiting for us to throw in the towel. Why do we suddenly shrink back from God when we should be drawing near? Satan knows our weak areas, he watches for that crack in our armor and he doesn’t waste anytime moving in and fueling our fears.

The writer of Hebrews encourages us against this act of giving up under hardships and trials. Heb 10:35-39 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

How do we keep from shrinking back? We exercise endurance (Heb 12:1) by practicing God’s will and trusting his promises.

When thoughts are consumed by the heaviness of our troubles, when it seems difficult to even draw our breath, we can be in danger of losing our focus, yet that is when we need to turn to God, lean on him and to draw on his strength, and that is exactly what he wants us to do.

Remember this when we fight our battles…Rom 8:31-32 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

4 comments for “Don't Throw Away Your Confidence

  1. Carol
    March 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    HSV is Huntsville, AL. Freedom House is a ministry I just heard about that is in Huntsville. Your blog is now on my favorites and I look forward to reading about what God is doing in your life.

    Thank you Carol, I will say it again, I am truly humbled and honored. To me my writings aren’t nearly as well written as the other bloggers I follow, but I alway write from my heart and what’s on my heart and I use a lot of scripture, and that part can’t be bad.
    Thank you again for you kindness.

  2. Carol
    March 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Are you Janice from HSV connected with Freedom House? I’m interested in information if that is the case.

    I don’t think so, I don’t know what HSV or Freedom House is. Sorry!

  3. Meowmix
    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Keeping our focus. Don’t look at the storms blowing the winds and waves around our feet. Keep our eyes on Jesus. Easy to say; many times, hard to do. Sometimes for me, it’s all about just continuing to put one foot in front of the other, trying to hold to His hand and take the next right step.

    By the way, I love the picture!!! 🙂 Looks like Barney when he was a wee kitten!
    Did Barney grow up to look like the reflection in the mirror? 🙂

  4. March 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    You are so very right, Janice. I think part of it is that we actually have to go through the really bad times of life before we can fully embrace the truthfulness of those promises. And even then, there is a process of seeing in retrospect the faithfulness of God. Until then, it’s all academic reading of the Bible. I must confess guilt in this area. I have a friend who blogs and continually writes about how awesome God is and how faithful … until things start going down the crapper in his life and then he is in despair. I tell him either God is awesome or He isn’t but you can’t have it both ways. I probably could be a bit less abrasive with my friends.
    I don’t think that was too abrasive, I prefer honesty between friends. I think you are right about the bad times too.

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