10 Confidence Killers That Can Paralyze Your Life!

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This is a little inspirational tidbit I penned on April 13, 2011 for my devotional site: http://www.rhemawordoutreach.org (to see more like it, you can visit the site and click the “Blog” section). I’m revisiting it to expand it. But I wanted to share this with you. Even if you don’t share my beliefs in Jesus Christ, you may still find some useful LifeHelps in these words. Enjoy!

Nothing destroys our effectiveness in life FOR Christ more than our lack of confidence IN Christ! Therefore, it is satan’s major ambition to infiltrate our minds and hearts with a paralyzing poison called FEAR! Fear deletes FOCUS in a believer’s life. But FAITH cancels out FEAR. It is impossible for a believer to be FAITHFUL and FEARFUL at the same time. One always loses to the other. No greater battle exists in the life of a Christian than the battle for control of the mind. We must daily strive to “Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5). ”

What is the mind of Christ? In a word, it is: “CONFIDENCE!” The Confidence of Christ was not self-based, however. Even as the Son of God, He was confident only in His identity and purpose which He received from His Father. Throughout the Gospel of John, Jesus displays His Confidence in who His Father had made Him when He shared His divine identity and purpose through eight powerful “I AM” statements (John 6:51; 8:12; 8:58; 10:9-11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1).

If there were a 12-step program to living out your purpose in Christ, all 12 steps would be: “KNOW WHO YOU ARE!” Understanding who you are in Jesus grants you confidence that gives you PURPOSE POWER! But a lack of Christian Confidence is a sure-fire path toward destruction. Here are 10 things that must be avoided in order to preserve your Confidence in Christ and release your potential from the paralyzing grasp of fear:

The #10 Confidence Killer That Can Paralyze Your Life: PEOPLE: They can make you or break you. Hold you or Fold you. Draw you nearer or push you further from the Promise Keeper’s Plan! Make sure you seek GOD for the PEOPLE who fit your PURPOSE. Connect with KINGDOM SUPPORTERS, not CASUAL SPECTATORS!

The #9 Confidence Killer That Can Paralyze Your Life: RESOURCES: When u FEEL like you don’t have enough, you ACT like you don’t have enough. Stop acting like the provision has to come from you. Remember, God is the SOURCE to every resource. Not you, so when the RESOURCE runs dry, trust the SOURCE to provide!

The #8 Confidence Killer That Can Paralyze Your Life: GIFTS: Discover how God has gifted you, & put yourself AND your gift in a place where you will be FRUITFUL. If there is no FRUIT (production, blessing, benefit, growth) in your current place of life or ministry, then you & your gift are out of place. A gifted person with no fruit is like an Apple Tree with nothing but leaves on it…destined to be chopped down.

The #7 Confidence Killer That Can Paralyze Your Life: YOUR PAST: Nothing holds you hostage from your future better than being obsessed with nursing your ugly past. 2 Cor. 5:17, Philippians 3:12-14 & Psalm 103:8-14 give the remedy. Remember, God gave the CALL before the FALL! He knew where you were messed up and planned your future with it in mind! If GOD has forgotten it, who are you to keep bringing it up???

The #6 Confidence Killer That Can Paralyze Your Life: BITTERNESS: Your unwillingness to let go may be keeping YOU from moving forward….but it’s not phasing the person you’re being bitter TO. Don’t let that person hurt you TWICE…once with the knife of betrayal in their hand and once with the knife of bitterness in yours! Come on…all together now… LET IT GO!

The #5 Confidence Killer  That Can Paralyze Your Life: DOUBT: The very FIRST step to ACCOMPLISHMENT is making an ATTEMPT! Stop Doubting! Don’t procrastinate! Replace the “What-If-It-Doesn’t-Work” mentality with a “What-If-It-Does-Work-But-I-Miss-My-Purpose-Because-I-Didn’t-Try” mindset. If you’re not careful, You’ll lose the battle in your MIND before you get the chance to fight it in the ring.

The #4 Confidence Killer That Can Paralyze Your Life: TIME: It is the one type of currency that u can spend, but never recover. Therefore, TIME is more valuable than MONEY! So Don’t pay the price of your precious TIME on things that aren’t worth it!

The #3 Confidence Killer That Can Paralyze Your Life: DREAMS: How so? Because dreams aren’t meant to REMAIN dreams. They must become actions at some point in order to fulfill purpose. A dream too long deferred is an opportunity denied. Show me a dreamer with no action and I’ll show you a lazy person with a vivid imagination.

The #2 Confidence Killer That Can Paralyze Your Life: INSECURITY: Everybody is NOT talking about you, hating on you or trying to destroy you. Some may be, but not all! Free your mind and go to work! If you have any haters, your constant worrying, talking and fretting about them shows that they’re right where they want to be…in your HEAD!

And last, but not least, The #1 Confidence Killer that Can Paralyze Your Life: YOU! No one can defeat, discourage, disrupt, distract, deny or delete your purpose unless YOU allow them to! Pray this prayer regularly: “Lord, please deliver ME from ME!” #Enemy In-A-Me.

Please remember, your CONFIDENCE is not COCKINESS! Cockiness says, “I’m good all by myself.” Confidence says, “I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who STRENGTHENS me.” (Philippians 4:13). Whatever you do, wherever you go, no matter where life has you right now, KEEP YOUR CONFIDENCE by keeping your FAITH in Christ! You are VICTORIOUS!

“This is the CONFIDENCE we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” — 1 John 5:14-15

*STAY TUNED for the Video Blog Teaching Series Later This Week* If this has been a blessing to you, leave a comment here and PLEASE pass it on!

Until Next Time,

B+ (Be Positive!)

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~ by gabrielcstovall on March 13, 2012.

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