Life isn’t always perfect. Life can throw circumstances at us that we don’t like, but we get to decide about how to respond. We get to choose our lifestyle.
We ought to plan how to live by faith as the righteous of God. Just because we plan a lifestyle by faith, it doesn’t mean we won’t face challenges. We will. Guaranteed. So we need to face it by faith.
Have confidence, and trust and hope that things will turn out well. Okay, you might say, but where does confidence come from? We can either be confident in ourselves or we can place our confidence in something or someone else.
Your confidence level depends on how much you trust in God. When you put your confidence in God, you won’t choose to act solely on what you can see; you will also value what is unseen. That’s faith.
Our assurance and strength will be strong if we believe God is there to assist us and that he is on our side even when something goes wrong. Remember that we are in right standing with God, not because we’ve been so perfect but because God arranged for our deliverance from sin through Christ’s death and resurrection. Therefore, because we know God has done everything that needs to be done on our behalf, we don’t have to feel condemned. As part of accepting him as our Lord and Savior, we inherit his righteousness. Since we have been acquitted by faith, we also receive additional blessings by faith. We can have confidence in that.
Dear God, help me to live a lifestyle that pleases you. Grant me a strong faith so I can put my confidence in you in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Go Deeper — Where do you lack confidence? Using a concordance (you can find one online, or often in the back of your Bible), look up your topic and then read what the Bible says about it. If one verse really has meaning for you, write it down and memorize it.
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