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Day Two: Faith in God, and in Ourselves

Filed under: Blog — Pastor David Jan 8, 2017 @ 7:58 am

“Whatever is not of faith is sin.” Rom. 14:23

None of us want to live a life of sin, I am sure. A life of faith leads to pleasing God. In short, God loves to see faith grow in our hearts.  May our faith in God grow. In order to allow our faith to grow in the second arena of your life, you need to have confidence in yourself. What? Trust myself? Doesn’t the Bible teach, “Do not lean on your own understanding…” (Prov. 3:6) and “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9)? Yes! It does! However, this is referring to the sin that is in us. We  each have a treacherous enemy within, and we must guard ourselves from listening to the ever present voice of sin that will misguide and trick us and call us to wander away from the God we love.  

But having faith in ourselves is really another matter. God has called us to Himself. He is doing a work in us that He has promised will be accomplished (1 Thess.5:24Phil. 1:6). If God is for US who can be against US? (Rom 8:31)! God will never abandon you, fail you, or forsake you. He will give you the strength you need for whatever you face (Phil 4:13Isa 43:1-5). You must have confidence that God is with you and will help you accomplish His calling in your life.

Stop there! Do you truly know and believe that He has called you for a purpose and has something for you to do that no one else can do? You will reach, teach and help others that no one else can or will. How does that happen? Self awareness. Do you really know who you are, and that you have been formed by God to be that person?  How can you learn what God has made you to be and do?

Rick Warren has masterfully crafted a simple system for self discovery. He refers to it as, “discovering your shape”. Read about it in his best-seller book “The Purpose Driven Life.” (Pp 227-272). Discover your God given shape… S for spiritual gift. H for heart passion (what moves you to tears or makes you angry, or something you dream and wish you could do with your life?). A for abilities ( you have 200-700 abilities). P for personality (introvert, extrovert, thinker, feeling, teller, asker, etc.). E for experiences (painful, educational, social, spiritual, important moments, etc.) these 5 areas of your life make you into a unique person who God will use in incredible and simple ways. You may already be experiencing some of these and not even know it. Self awareness is huge.

Do you know that You are not an accident or a mistake! You are a gift from God to this world. You are His workmanship or masterpiece created for good works (Eph. 2:10). Believe that God has a plan and place for you. He wants to use you and your life to bring others hope and encouragement.

You are part of the Body of Christ. Step under His headship, join His body (our local church) and develop your skills, and dedicate them to God’s Kingdom. Become the best you you can be! Only you can be yourself!  Believe that about your life. Make a difference by having Faith in yourself!

Our Father

I know You have a plan for my life. I want to discover it and live according to Your plan not my plan. Open my eyes to see my shape and allow me to develop into a masterpiece used by You in the lives of others for Your glory. In Jesus name. Amen

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