God Confidence

Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (

Paul said that he “put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). In other words, he didn’t think that he was good enough because of any particular talent or ability that he had on his own. But his confidence came from his understanding of who he was as a child of God. Someone once said, “A man wrapped up in himself makes a pretty small package.” But a man, or woman, wrapped up in God is an amazing sight to behold.

I believe we can change our inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy into unshakable confidence by understanding who we are, what we have, and where we are as a child of God. I am not advocating confidence in self, but confidence in God – confidence in who you are because of what Jesus has done for you and what the Holy Spirit can do through you. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5,6 TNIV). Connected to the vine you can do everything God calls you to do (Philippians 4:13).

Paul knew what he could accomplish on his own…nothing. Oh, he could be busy. We all can do that. But bearing “fruit that will remain” is another story. This paraphrase shows how he viewed his own personal weaknesses:

I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,

‘My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.’

Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now that I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size-abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10 The Message)

Paul had great confidence. The prefix, “con” means “with” and the root “fid” means faith.” So a confident person is one who walks in faith. We walk in faith that we are holy, chosen, redeemed, dearly loved children of God who are empowered by the Holy Spirit, equipped by our Maker, and enveloped by Jesus Christ. Now that’s real God-confidence.

Let’s Pray
Dear God, I know that I can do nothing of any true lasting value apart from You. However, when I abide in Christ and He works through me, I can accomplish anything You have called me to do. Help me to understand the power that is within me and to have unshakable confidence in Christ today.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

What do You Think?
Take a look at what you have been trying to accomplish in your own life. Are you working in your own strength, or are you depending on Jesus working through you?

What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “Apart from me you can do nothing?”

I’d love to hear your thoughts about that! Leave a comment and tell me what you think Jesus meant by “nothing.”

Want More? 
Today’s blog was taken from my book, I’m Not Good Enough and Other Lies Women Tell Themselves. If you need a confidence booster, then this book is for you! Begin seeing yourself as God sees you and discover the amazing potential you have to live the victorious Christian life!

 

44 Responses to God Confidence

  1. Barbara December 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    “Nothing” means that when we don’t have the close relationship with God, life becomes hard to figure out. It is like having two broken legs and only one crutch!

  2. Chad December 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    He meant that although I have been called by Him and equipped by Him, I still cannot pastor and lead a flock without Him. Just like a young child given a new bat, helmet, glove, and ball, I still desperately need my Father’s help if I am to succeed. Apart from Him, I will surely fall despite my best intentions, best ideas, and best efforts.

  3. Susan December 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    I think “nothing” means that when we feel we can handle things without God, and plow headlong into whatever it is without first stopping and seeking His guidance, and then following through with God’s will and not our own. I know I am nothing without his constant guidance, because if I try it without him, I usually make a pretty good mess of things.

  4. Anissa December 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    I believe without God’s help you won’t be as successful as God has intended you to be. If you trust in the Lord and let him guide you, the sky is the limit. I’m going to take this message from you this morning and follow my dream.

  5. Ileana December 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Is nothing! not even wake up of my bed. And it so true… His grace is enough. Shame of me that many times I forget.

  6. Hattie Irving December 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    I to have had a handicap since i was two months old, my leg was pulled out of place by my sister playing with me and when my parents took me to the hospital, they put a cast on it and it was to tight, so it cut into my flesh and it looks like i had polio, My mom never thought i would be able to work, however because in my weakness he was made stronger so i not only was blessed to work but i worked in aircraft standing up for 36 years, also married had two children and now retired and opening up a home health care with 2 other partners, and it has been hard for me doing the paperwork medicaid and medicare require, however i give it to God everyday, and know then that i have the favor of God in my life so it is all good.

  7. Vivian Murray December 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    This is not a comment about what “Nothing” means, but just wanted to share how much your GIG meant to me this morning.

    I have struggled for years and at times not very well with the sound of my heartbeat in my left ear caused by a malformed jugular vein on my right side. Some days it is so subtle that I hardly notice it, but the last several days it has been so loud and pounding so hard that it is making me crazy (okay crazier). This morning I did some serious praying telling God I couldn’t deal with this any longer. Then I opened up my Girlfriends in God email, which had a paraphrase showing how Paul viewed his own personal weaknesses:

    I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,

    ‘My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.’

    Love it when God sends me an email in answer to my prayer.

    • Sharon December 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

      Awesome, awesome, awesome!

  8. Meg Racheli December 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Of course we can do things….the daily things of life, even the mundane things of life, but doing anything of lasting or eternal value can’t be done without being vitally connected to the Lord.
    Sharon you said….”Don’t let me get so involved with the busyness of life that I miss the Source of Life…” I love this phrase and think it applies to this devotion as well.

  9. Laurie Bell December 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    “nothing” that matters! We can get up & go about our daily lives, but without HIM we accomplish NOTHING that brings HIM honor & glory, nothing that allows us to grow spiritually & closer to HIM!

  10. Sarah December 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    The opposite of nothing is everything… I’ve been through a lot of bad things in the past year and I wouldn’t have a marriage or family today without Jesus…and the bad things that happened were a result of me turning my back on Him. His grace is abundant and I know anything is possible with Jesus as my focal point.

  11. Debbie Kulig December 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    When I see the word “nothing” with out Him. I think of the word “everything”. We can do nothing without Him and we are told in His Word to bring “everything” to Him in prayer. Everything from our smallest troubles to our largest trials. Just like “ALL” sin is sin no small or large. God is so Holy that even the smallest (what we may call small/large) God can not tolerate. HIS GRACE is more then enough…

  12. beckey December 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Whoa! I was writing about this just yesterday!!
    http://reallyreallyrealhousewives.blogspot.com/2012/12/i-cant-do-it.html

    What a blessing from above to have this message in my Inbox today to follow up my thoughts! :0)

  13. jehrica December 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Amen Laurie! Yes, it is so easy and such a trap of the devil to use selfishness as a weapon in spiritual warfare because it is our fallen nature to be self-centered and GOD does not say that He will give us strength to do “things” that we simply want or that will give us false confidence (man confidence) or false comfort…HE said that HE would provide everything we needed to be successful in doing HIS Will which are things that matter and which are eternal!!
    Thank THE LORD ALMIGHTY for HIS grace, HALLELUJAH!!!!

  14. Nancy Beneteau December 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    well Sharon, I’ve done a pretty good job of messing up with life until i met Jesus. Now I’m undoing all that was done prior to that. It’s not easy but I know with Him I will get through. i’m tired of doing it on my own, I want The Lord to do it his way. My experiences are now being used to encourage others. Without Him I have nothing but a big pile of rubble on top of me. With Him I am removing that rubble one piece at a time.

  15. Beverly Mae December 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    I have bipolar disorder but have been medicine-free since January 2009 as a result of asking God to heal me. Even so, I mind my stress levels and try to identify and manage stress triggers. I’m involved in many church tasks including Sunday school for ages 7 – 11. Dealing with the children stresses me out severely. I was thinking about speaking with my pastor about what’s been happening with me. But scriptures like the one you shared today and others make me wonder if it is wrong of me to back down from stressful tasks for the sake of my health and my relationship with church brethren.

  16. Roz December 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Not one thing! Love yourself, love others, understand, prosper, grow, experience our purpsose, hope, believe, consider. If is apart, not connected, not blessed or ordained by Jesus it is dead.

  17. Patty Pynch December 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    I have a wayward son who’ve I’ve tried talking to for years about his lifestyle, the absence of God in his life, poor choices in friends, jobs, the list is long…Recognizing my efforts are futile without God’s intervention in my son’s life, I gave him over to the Lord a couple of years ago. I still ferently pray for his salvation, but understand I can do nothing through my own efforts, it has to be God’s will. I have such comfort from that knowledge, and I have confidence that God will do whatever it takes to get my son’s attention and heart…I can rest in that truth. Thank you for reminding me of that truth in John 15:5.

  18. ANNE COX December 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR MESSAGE. IT WAS THE PERFECT TIME FOR ME TO HEAR IT. I TOO AM DISABLED AND SERVE GOD WITH ALL THAT I HAVE. I JUST STEPPED DOWN FROM A HUGE MINISTRY BECAUSE I NEEDED TO. I HAVE BEEN ASKING TO RETIRE AND NO ONE WOULD LISTEN. NOW THAT I HAVE THEY HAVE ALL TURNED AGAINST ME. THIS WAS SO HARD AS THEY WERE ALL SUPPOSED TO BE MY FRIENDS. IM NOW WORKING OUT FORGIVENESS WITH GOD AND I KNOW HE HAS SOMETHING ELSE IN STORE FOR ME. IV’E EVEN HAD MY DISABILITY THROWN IN MY FACE OVER THIS, SO I AM AS BROKEN AS ANYONE COULD BE. IN MY SORROW GOD HAS BLESSED ME BEYOND BELEIF. HE EVEN GAVE ME A NEW CAR AS MY OLD ONE HAS STOPPED RUNNING. MY POINT HERE IS THAT YOU CAN NEVER GIVE UP OR GIVE IN WITH GOD. HE NEVER LEAVES HIS WARROIRS WITHOUT WORK IN HIS KINGDOM. I JUST TURNED 60 YEARS OLD AND IM GOING TO SERVE HIM FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. HE KNOWS THE PLANS HE HAS FOR ME!!! PRAISE GOD. PASTOR ANNIE COX

  19. Momoftwins+1 December 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I liked how you said we can be “busy” yet we are doing “nothing”. I am a mom of a 1st grader and 3 year old twins. I was an ER nurse for 10 years and resigned when the twins were born. I used to think I was pretty smart and in control. God has been working on my heart in a major way for the last 3 years. My husband and I both left our jobs and bought a business in the agricultural field. We felt God opening this door as a way to provide for our family. My husband has no college education and he’s doing a wonderful job running this company. I have no experience in business and I do all of our books. And somehow is working very well for us. Gods plan may be very different from yours but speaking from experience His plan works. I can do NOTHING without Him. I would have never chosen to leave a career I loved to stay at home with my children and work from home for my husband, but I’m so glad I do today. So many great things have come from this life change. And i know that the only reason it is working is because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!!!

  20. maseray kamara December 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    I think in fact that apart from jesus we can not even live.Apart from Jesus man will be walking like the dead amongest the living.man is a living dead, apart from jesus.

  21. Karen Smith December 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    I think the scripture means to be totally dependent on God and not to strive to accomplish things through the flesh when God wants to lead us and give us self-control through the leadership of the Holy Spirit. I believe Paul is telling us not to let our flesh rule our emotions and reactions., but to let grace rule us, knowing that God cares about every detail of our lives and, when we turn them over to Him, He will bring His peace to even our most chaotic situation. It is letting go…….and letting God handle it. He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. On Him we can depend, not on man or the world’s system.

  22. tonya heath December 14, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    I believe that what he was saying is as much as we try to make it on our own in anything we do we will never be able to do as well on our own as we would do trusting and relying on God alone for all of our needs. If we get too prideful in ourselves then that cancels out trusting in God for our needs. The Holy Spirit will never lead you wrong if you will just take the time to listen to what He says to you and follow wether you understand the why of things or not and it always turns out for the best for you.

  23. Rachel December 14, 2012 at 1:41 am #

    The word Nothing is a very powerful word when it relates to the Lord…To me it means if he is not in your life you have nothing, your life is incomplete, you have no peace, you can never gain wealth or prosperity . The Lord makes it possible for you to accomplish all you strive to do in your life. If you are not studying in his word and obeying his commanments your life struggles are harder and unbearable. As long as you believe in him, trust in him and give your life to him you will have everything that he has promised to yyou.

  24. Caroline December 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Dear Sharon,

    For me “nothing” quite literally mean nothing,as in how its defined in a dictionary.I literally have to start and end my day talking and saying my thoughts to Lord and also asking him to guide me all the time.If isnt for me, then its for my loved ones..that way, i do feel the “God confidence” when things work fine or not..cause its what His will is.

  25. Wanda December 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Hi Sharon,
    Really enjoyed your devotion today. “for without me ye can do nothing” What does God mean….
    It is a call for total dependance on Him…
    I can’t breath, walk, talk of do anything that will be of value unless I am totally depending on him. So, If I want to be successful at leading others to Christ, living a godly life, raising children and now grandchildren for the Lord, teaching a sunday school class, lead a Christmas Program, etc…I need to depend on him totally to do His work through me. Trusting him that He will add fruit to my labours and that He will get all the glory.

    Wanda Saxton

  26. RUTHONA WASINGER December 15, 2012 at 2:04 am #

    I THINK THAT JESUS MEANT WAS THAT APART FROM HIM WE CAN DO NOTHING
    OF ANY ETERNAL VALUE.

  27. Lisa December 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I have experienced both: Doing things in my own strength and doing them in obedience to what Christ would have me do. In my own strength I have failed miserably! For me doing nothing without Him goes hand in hand with one of my favorite verses in scripture which says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13. When I walk in the strength of His power that is when I am strong. I am constantly reminded that I really cannot do anything apart from Him and for that I am most grateful.

  28. Lori December 18, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I am putting my plow away, it is time to leave yesterday behind, God has such a wonderful future for me.

  29. D.Campos December 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    I am putting the plow away.

  30. Rakayia December 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Thank you Sharon! I am putting my plow away!

  31. Sandra S. December 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Hello Girlfriends in God, I want you to know that I enjoy receiving your emails. The one for the day is just for me because I need to let go of my past, so I am putting the plow down today in Jesus name amen.

  32. Shameka December 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    I’m putting the plow away and I’m not going back of I’m pressing forward.

  33. Glynnis December 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. I I am putting my plow away December 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    I am putting my plow away

  35. y December 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    I am putting my plow away!

  36. ANNE COX December 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    I AM TRYING SO HARD TO PUT THIS HURT IN THE PAST AND GET ON WITH MY LIFE AS GOD WOULD HAVE IT. IT HAS ONLY BEEN A WEEK SO MAYBE I NEED A LITTLE MORE TIME TO WORK IT OUT. I CRY EVERYTIME I THINK OF IT AND MY HANDS SHAKE. MY HEART IS SO BROKEN AND ONLY GOD CAN PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME FOR HEALING AND RESTORATION.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL. ANNIE

  37. r.b. December 18, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    Lord i choose to put away the plow and forgive and forget my husband’s neglect and emotional abandonment and his decision to walk away from our marriage.I so enjoy your words of hope and encouragement and they always seen so spot on for my seaon.bless you

  38. Deborah Ross-Bell December 19, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    I’m putting my plow away. Thank you Jesus. I’m letting it go.

    Deborah

  39. Haley December 19, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I’m putting the plow away not sure what I’m letting go of but I pray God will guide me!

  40. tonya heath December 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    A good friend of mine had referrred me to this site a few days ago and I must say that I am very glad she did as the scripture in it is just what I needed! I’m putting the plow away!

  41. MT December 20, 2012 at 5:15 am #

    Im putting my plow away. Praying tat God gives me the strength to do so and to lead a life fulfilling his will for me. Amen!

  42. Seun December 27, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    nothing means there’s no result that can be seen of my struggles without Him…He makes it all EASY and my efforts only produce pain, disappointment and ache…with JESUS= Unequal success… without JESUS= emptiness

  43. Sue Nichols March 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Not having Jesus Christ in our lives, is the reason so many people are running here and there trying to buy material things to make themselves happy!! The only true happiness is not money, worldly things,etc. it is through having a relationship with Jesus Christ!! Letting him guide and direct you. Stop chancing rainbows and listen to Him through prayer and studying his word.

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