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“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”
“Don’t say that.” The Lord replied, “For you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. Don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 1: 6-8)

Often people struggle with new challenges because they lack self-confidence, feeling that they have inadequate abilities, training or experience. Jeremiah thought he was “too young” and inexperienced to be God’s voice to His world. We should not allow our feelings of inadequacy keep us from obeying God but rather develop our confidence in the Word so that we have the knowing that God is omnipresent in our lives. If God gives you a job to do, He will provide all you need to do it.

Take a few moments to ponder on your past life to recall the opportunities you may have disregarded because of a lack of confidence? I’m certain, like my self, there are a few “inadequate life changing” opportunities which passed us by because of self-doubting thoughts. These opportunities could have been Godly interventions encouraging us not to do “the wilderness thing” again!

Confidence makes the difference every time and the awesome reality is that this confidence can be cultivated daily in positioning ourselves to cease our God given destiny aligning ourselves for blessings, overflow and wealth in every area of our lives. Confidence and success is not just for the rich and famous, oh no, it is a basic principle that can be developed by each one of us! “Confidence is the hinge on the door to success”

Andrew Carnegie said, “You develop yourself the same way you mine gold. To mine gold; one digs several tons of dirt to get to one ounce of gold. However, one does not go into a mine looking for dirt. One goes into a mine looking for gold! Can you grasp the awesomeness of self-confidence; you already have the gold as you are made in the image of Jesus Christ. He has already dug through the dirt and deposited all you need to complete the job He has predestined for you!

Confidence is the strength of Jesus Christ in you. In Matthew 6: 33 he writes; “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore, don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Confidence is the fuel, the Word, that empowers natural God given talents.

Let me give you an example; Lets take the belief of wanting to create financial wealth. Well, where do we start, as the world is spinning at a speed unrecognisable to “quiet times and stillness” in allowing the Spirit to think things through. The answer really is quite easy! Pick up your Bible and start studying everything possible on “financial wealth.” You will notice within minutes how time becomes of no value as you are absorbed in the Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In studying this subject your knowledge, understanding and wisdom will be sharpened. It takes our own effort to develop confidence and the Holy Spirit recognises this strength in us.

A person without confidence is like a Jumbo Jet sitting on the run way with an empty fuel tank. Our tanks are full, in the name of Jesus, in a time such as this, where we are chosen as the hidden people to do God’s work. Amen


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