Over my lifetime, I’ve often found that I put myself down (in my thoughts) or that I believe other people if they put me down in some way or another. But, that’s not how we are to live as Christians.
For one thing, when God created each of us, He did so in such a way that we are each unique with different DNA dictating so much about us. Not only do we look different from each other, we each have unique personalities. He gave each and every one of us special gifts and capabilities. When I put myself down, I am putting down the workmanship of the God of creation. Said like that, there’s a bit of arrogance involved in putting myself down, eh? I know better than God? No, I don’t.
His word tells each of us to praise Him because of His works. And my experience is that when we start to praise God, that praise is liberating for us. It takes the place of defeat, self-deprecation, and negativity. It takes our focus off of ourselves and puts it onto God.
Psalm 139:14 “I will praise Thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works. My soul knows it very well.” (ESV)
No only has He made us to be unique and given us special gifts (giftedness) and abilities, but He also works in us so that we can do the work that He has for us to do.
Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (ESV)
At times I have been afraid. I’ve found myself being afraid to step out of my comfort zone to do something new. What if I can’t do it? What if it’s more than I can handle? What if I start something and just can’t finish it well? Do you ever feel like that? It’s not only fear, but lack of confidence. Well, God tells us in His Word that the fear we have is not from Him.
II Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (NKJV)
So, if that fear is not from God, where is it coming from? If it’s not from God, we need to do away with it. We need to step out in faith and put our confidence in the God who created us.
God does not ask us as his children to do anything that He has not prepared us to do. It’s not just a matter of our own capabilities. Yes, God prepares us with capabilities and giftedness, but it goes beyond that. He gives us the power through His Spirit to accomplish things that we could not accomplish other wise. He gives us the ability to love with Christ’s love, serving and caring for others. He gives us a sound mind to use logic, think through situations, plan, understand how to pray and proceed with our tasks, and how to perceive and determine what He wants us to accomplish.
So, we can have confidence that God created us for a specific purpose, that He works in us, that He gives us power to accomplish amazing things, that He gives us the ability to show His love to others, and that He gives us a sound mind. That gives us confidence when we have to step out of our comfort zones to accomplish new things or when what we’ve been asked to do is overwhelming.