Victory

by Carolyn Hope

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

This passage of Scripture comes from John’s discourse on the differing spirits: those which are from God and those which are from the world. Although there are many spiritual forces against us, we have nothing to fear; the Spirit within us, the Spirit of God Himself, is far greater than anything in the world.

Many children are naturally afraid of the dark. Some cannot sleep without some kind of light on or someone being with them. There is something about darkness that stirs up the imagination to unusual and terrifying thoughts. Shadows can make even the most innocent of objects seem suspicious. When the presence of another person enters, however, peace settles. A young child can rest sweetly just knowing that there’s someone with him.

In this world is much darkness, but you have no reason to fear. As a child of the most high King, you are empowered with a light that obliterates darkness. Your God, Emmanuel, is always with you, and as such, you are never alone. You have already overcome that which rises against you because there is an unmatched greatness within you – the greatness of Holy Spirit. Walk in confidence, dear one. Victory is yours!

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Access

by Carolyn Hope

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:15-17)

In the first portion of Romans 8, Paul discusses the difference between living according to the Spirit and living according to our sinful nature. Those who live by the Spirit, he says, are children of God. He then tells us some of what being a child of God means for us in the verses above. As children, we call God our Abba, our Father. In addition, being God’s children makes us His heirs who will share in the glory of Jesus.

Something happens when we transition from slave to son. Not only are we given freedom and an inheritance, but we enter into a newfound intimacy with our Father. We can approach Him with confidence, knowing that He loves us, and we can go deeper into our love for Him each day.

In one of my college classes, I experienced such a shift in relationship with my professor. Throughout the class, I could feel him watching me and I didn’t know why. We had very little interaction, though I much respected him and gratefully learned from him. Our final test was an in-person lab in which we had to put into practice all we had learned. My test date came, and it went extremely well, better than I had even hoped. After that day, something changed in my relationship with that teacher. From that point on, when he looked at me, it was with pride. It was as if he knew all along I would do well, and I had proved him right. A door had been opened, and I could freely approach him knowing that he would fully accept me. I began attending the church he pastors, and he has become a father figure to me that I am very grateful for. My relationship with him has touched my heart in ways I never expected.

When you believed on Jesus, you became the son or daughter God created you to be. You are His child, and nothing can change that. He views you with great love, joy, and pride. He has deep confidence in you and in all that you will do. You have access to your Father, a freedom to approach Him without hesitation, and an intimacy that is unprecedented and incredible. Draw close to your Father today; His arms and His heart are wide open to you.

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Confidence of Sonship

by Carolyn Hope

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. (Romans 8:15-17)

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. (Romans 8:38)

There is no greater security than being a child with loving parents. When I was little, I used to pretend to fall asleep in the car so my Dad would carry me to my room when we got home. I loved the way it felt to be held in his strong arms. There, I knew I was safe and protected. In his arms, nothing could harm me. In his arms, nothing else mattered.

You have a perfect Father who loves you, protects you, and holds you. He adopted you into His family, and His arms are always open to you. Nothing can take you from His embrace. In His arms, nothing and no one can harm you. You can rest in the love of your Father. He’s for you. He’s with you and He loves you for all eternity.

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Confidence For Healing

by Carolyn Hope

So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him. Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment. (Matthew 9:19-22)

The woman in this story had been bleeding for 12 years straight. She had been to many doctors trying to find out how to fix her rare condition but nothing had helped. Then she heard about a man named Jesus, who healed the sick wherever He went. She believed in Him so much, she said all she needed to do was touch his clothing to be healed.

This is pure confidence; the kind that runs deep and never gives up hope. This woman knew she would be healed by Jesus, and she was.

The Bible lists promise after promise for healing in your life (see Exodus 15:26, Isaiah 53:5, and Matthew 8:3 for starters). It’s God’s heart that you be whole and well in every way. You can have an uncompromising confidence that God will heal you; He is the Healer, and He loves to see His children walk in fullness. Whatever healing you’re believing for, big or small, know that you can count on your Maker to restore you to who He made you to be. Jesus bore stripes on His back and nails in His hands so that you could be entirely healed, body, mind, and soul. Reach out for your healing today. Take hold of what is yours.

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Confidence in God’s Calling

by Carolyn Hope

Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14)

This is a very critical scene in the story of Esther. Haman had set a date to annihilate the Jews, and time was ticking. Mordecai had urged Esther to go before the king and plead the case of her people. When she raised objections, he responded with the words above. This situation was not at all about whether the Jews would be saved; it was about whether Esther would be the one to save them.

Esther 4:14 is one of the most quoted Scriptures, and for good reason. It oozes confidence and destiny. In the context of this story, Mordecai believed that Esther was put into her position as queen providentially and with a purpose. He was confident in the call God had placed on her life.

God created you for a reason. He made you and shaped you for the moment you are facing. He has always had a plan for you. You don’t need to doubt yourself because your Father has prepared and equipped you for this very moment. You are enough for the battles you must fight. You have the strength to climb the mountain set before you. You were made for such a time as this.

Even when your life seems routine and mundane, know that God is using you. If He doesn’t seem to be moving in your life, you can trust that He’s doing something. Don’t waste your life waiting for that one big moment. Let yourself be trained now for what is coming. Seek the Lord and follow His ways. Listen to His heart. You will be ready when the test comes.

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Confidence for Deliverance

by Carolyn Hope

Then the Assyrian king’s chief of staff told them to give this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the great king of Assyria says: What are you trusting in that makes you so confident?” (2 Kings 18:19)

The Assyrians were a formidable and powerful nation. Every time they attacked a country, they won their battles. When they came against Israel, they expected the same outcome. The king of Assyria sent his chief to mock and scorn Israel with arrogance and haughtiness. In doing so, he made this statement: “What are you trusting in that makes you so confident?” Even though these words were spoken in mockery, they are still powerful and true. The reason this question was asked was that the Israelites and King Hezekiah were indeed confident. They were confident in the Lord Almighty to deliver them from their enemies. If you read further in the story, you’ll see that He did. He sent a single angel to wipe out the Assyrian army in the night.

There is a confidence that is audacious. Audacious confidence will cause you to do things that make no sense. God emboldens and compels you to do brave acts of faith that confound those around you. Your enemies, your adversaries, don’t stand a chance against you. Not because you’re so mighty, but because your God is so good. He will deliver you. Whatever your situation, whatever your struggle, there is deliverance for you that is rooted in Jesus. Be confident today; the Lord has made a way for you.

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Confidence For Victory

by Carolyn Hope

The LORD is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. (Psalm 27:1-3)

When you think of confidence in the Bible, one of the clearest examples is the life of David. He was an unhesitating and unfaltering warrior for the Lord. He led with decision and exuded confidence wherever he went.

The reason David could be so confident was that his source of confidence was not himself, but God. He wasn’t perfect but God is, and he knew that God would not fail him. The verses above show this, as do many other of David’s Psalms. Psalm 27 in particular emphasizes that God is so much greater than all the opposition that comes against us.

You have a God who is always victorious. When you fail, He doesn’t. You can always trust in Him to conquer your enemies and protect you. Regardless of what you’re walking through, you have no need to fear. God is on your side; and if He is for you, who can stand against you (Romans 8:31)? Remain confident today. Your king is trustworthy and unfailing.

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Audacious Confidence

by Carolyn Hope

Have you ever noticed a confident person? There’s just something about him that stands out. He walks differently, talks differently, smiles differently. Everything about him is at peace. He’s ready for whatever life throws at him.

There are lots of characters in the Bible who exhibited confidence in their lives, and there are many different types of confidence. I want to bring some of these examples to you this week. Each story is unique and has its own lesson for us, but there is one common denominator in all: the source of confidence. The Scriptures about confidence all have the Lord as the root and base. Confidence in man can only be temporary; confidence in God lasts forever. He is worth trusting and believing. You can be confident in your Jesus – He’ll always show up in a powerful way.

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