Posts Tagged ‘confidence’

Just Mention My Name

Jun 16

by Victoria Robinson

Who of us does not want to know someone’s name we can mention and all of a sudden wonderful things start happening? A great job, a table at a fine restaurant, better seating, etc. The common phrase, “Just mention my name.”, takes on a whole new meaning when looked at in the light of the Word of God. It is in the name of Jesus that wonderful things can happen. Jesus himself told us to mention His name when we pray.

It is because of the name of Jesus we can have confidence when bringing request to our heavenly Father. The apostle Luke tells a great story of healing, “It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.”

Mentioning His name also involves trust. The psalmist said, “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Girlfriends, that is a powerful statement. Because we have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ our prayers are transformed from “Hope He hears me.” to “I know He hears me!”

Dearest girlfriends, let us pray with total trust and confidence and expect great things to happen—just mention His name!

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. ~ John 14:13-14 NIV
 
By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see. ~ Acts 3:16 NIV
 
It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ”‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” ~ Acts 4:10-12 NIV
 
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name. ~ Luke 10:17 NIV
 
Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. ~ Psalm 20:6-8 NIV
 
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. ~ Psalm 9:10 NIV

Look Before You Leap

Mar 26

by Victoria Robinson

One of the tactics of the enemy is to get us to plunge ahead not using wisdom. Satan will try to trick us into believing we must be hasty and leap into something without knowing all the facts. His line is usually something like, “This is urgent and God needs you to do this immediately.” However, Proverbs has many warnings against such thinking such as, “A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” 

“The Christian who waits for God’s leading, and waits on God’s working, will not be disappointed or ashamed. True faith is not in a hurry until God opens the way. If you find yourself impatiently rushing ahead of the Lord, beware! You are sure to act in fleshly unbelief instead of in true spiritual faith.”
— Warren Wiersbe, The Strategy of Satan

While there are certainly times when we must act quickly, more often we have ample time to seek wisdom and knowledge on the decision. Dearest girlfriends, let us be ladies who look before we leap trusting our heavenly Father to guide us at the right time.

The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with great confidence. ~ Proverbs 14:18 NLT
 
A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. ~ Proverbs 22:3 NLT
 
It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. ~ Proverbs 19:2 NIV

Relying on the Confidence of His Love

Feb 07

by Victoria Robinson

Your heavenly Father is all-powerful. Therefore, there is naturally a fearful nature of our relationship with Him. The Word of God clearly tells us, “.. what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God …”   However, fear can be a complex concept. While we are to have complete respect and fear for the Lord, we are also told there is no fear in love. His love for us gives us the freedom to not fear Him for the punishment of all our sins, as He has paid the ultimate price through the sacrifice of His Son. His unconditional love assures us we have a secure relationship with Him. In fact in the book of Hebrews we read these wonderful words of encouragement, “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” That is how we can rely on the confidence of His love.

Girlfriends, if you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart, you do not need anymore to fear the retribution of your heavenly Father. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would rely on the confidence of His love and not live a fearful life.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. ~ 1 John 4:16-18 NIV
 
Let those who fear the LORD say: “His love endures forever.” ~ Psalm 118:4 NIV
 
And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. … “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin. ~ Hebrews 10:10,17-18 NIV

Ahhh … Perfection!

Feb 01

Ahh Perfection 020111by Victoria Robinson

Chasing perfection can be an illusion. While perfection is always a wonderful goal to try to attain, it is sometimes elusive as in the case of attaining sinlessness apart from the pure grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Though when it comes to our prayer life it is possible to pray in perfection. In the book of First John the apostle John tells us that if we pray anything according to God’s will, we know whatever we ask for will come true. This is the only way we can pray in perfection. In the book of Romans the apostle Paul tells us the key to understanding God’s perfect will. He admonishes us to not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Success in this can only come through understanding the Word of God, as this is what transforms us.

Girlfriends, do you have needs in your life where you do not know what the perfect prayer would be? If so, delve deeply into the written words of your heavenly Father and find out what His perfect will is. Then pray with the confidence that comes from the Word of God.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray (with confidence) we would desire to know our heavenly Father’s perfect will and then proceed to pray in perfection.

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 NIV
 
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~ Romans 12:2 NIV

What Perfume Are You Wearing?

Jan 02

by Victoria Robinson

Isn’t it wonderful to have someone complement your choice of fragrance? Makes you feel pretty and elevates your mood doesn’t it? What is your favorite perfume? Floral, spicy, herbal, musky, powdery, woody, maybe even sweet? A sweet fragrance is absolutely the finest. I say that with confidence based on the Word of God. In the book of Ephesians it says, “And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him.” The sweet perfume He was referring to was the by-product produced by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who gave Himself for our sins that we might inherit eternal life.

We are called to live a life filled with love for others just like Jesus did. As we live such a life, we wear the same perfume Jesus did. Now that’s a beautiful scent girlfriends! Dearest girlfriends, let us live a life filled with love for others and spread the sweet fragrance of our Lord and Savior.

Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him. ~ Ephesians 5:2 NLT
 
And now I want to urge you, dear lady, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we had from the beginning. Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. ~ 2 John 5-6 NLT
 
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God—for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us. ~ 1 John 4:7-12 NLT

An Appointment Downstairs

Nov 17

by Victoria Robinson

What appointments do you have scheduled for today? There was a man named Peter who was upstairs waiting on lunch to be prepared. He soon found out he had an unexpected appointment waiting downstairs. God had called him to go with some men he did not know who had come to his door. The truth is, God has appointments for us everyday and sometimes we are oblivious to His plans. This particular appointment was an opportunity for Peter to share with a man named Cornelius and all who were gathered at his house, how to get to heaven. What a splendid opportunity! Good thing Peter was alert to God’s voice.

Do you make a conscious effort everyday to listen for the divine appointments God wants to schedule into your day? It is interesting to note in this story, God told Cornelius the name of Peter. This is amazing in that it shows God’s confidence in His servant Peter. Could the same be said of you and me? Are we so faithful that God could have confidence to tell someone our name knowing for certain that we would be obedient?

When you read this story isn’t it exciting to think of all the wonderful divine appointments God has for us today and everyday? This fills my heart with great anticipation. Does it yours? Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would set our appointments according to God’s planner and not our own.

While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.” Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. …The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went along. ~ Acts 10:19-21,23 NIV
 
… ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ ~ Acts 10:31-32 NIV 
 
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. ~ Proverbs 16:9 NIV
 
A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way? ~ Proverbs 20:24 NIV