Self confidence all comes from the thoughts in our mind.
I am sure all who read my Blog and my comments on theirs, will think I am a very self confident person.
Well, this may surprise you, because I am not!
It's taken me years to build up confidence.
And still I have times of terrible self destruction in my mind.
Our Words to our self..
And the Words of others to us!
Can do much to destroy our self esteem and confidence.
In my first marriage (over thirty years) I was constantly told I was stupid.
So much so, that I believed it.
and I sometimes still tell myself this, often aloud!!
Then I have to remind myself, WHO I am in Christ.
And that God loves me, just as I am.
In His Word.....and His Word is truth,
He tells me He lovingly formed me.
“And yet, O Lord, you are our Father.
We are the clay, and you are the potter.
We all are formed by your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
I was formed by God's hand, now that can make me feel better!
By this I know, I am not so bad after all.
Sometimes our thoughts are completely wrong.
Our mind can run away, thinking something that is not true.
When this happens I/you/we, need to ask ourselves.
"Where is the evidence to what I am thinking?"
A friend doesn't call you, so YOU THINK they don't care.
*When the truth is, they have problems of their own and they are waiting for you to call them.
You attend a new church and not many, or no one, come to greet you.
So you feel unworthy, unwanted.... and walk away, despondant, never to return.
*INSTEAD, you could walk forward and introduce yourself to those around you.
Proverbs 23:7 says..
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is."
We think with our feelings, and our emotions. So that's where the devil attacks.
In our most vulnerable place.
He wants us to feel unwanted and unloved.
He wants to reduce our self image, and esteem.
He wants to take away our confidence, that we are beloved of God.
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
but against principalities,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
When I get down in spirit and my thoughts are misconstrued.
I speak scripture aloud because I know it is the Sword of the Word..
I know that if I resist the devil, he will flee from me.
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God
for pulling down strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4
"I have been crucified with Christ;
it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me;
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself for me."
Refresh your soul.....God loves me/you/us.