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As we learn more about Abigail, we can put together some of the clues to her success, one of which is the air of confidence that surrounds her story. This woman had loads of confidence and it paid off with good results!

To read about Abigail from the pages of Scripture, click on this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+25

Confidence can be a hard concept for us to own. Perhaps we think confidence is only pride at work and we push against it. Or perhaps we feel we are somehow “less than” and somehow not up to standard; the idea of us moving forward in confidence, acting with strength of purpose, is a foreign concept. But Abigail was more than just confident. She was wise! The key to her successfully living out her purposes is found in pursuing the quality of wisdom. And this is something we all have the ability to chase after successfully…regardless of our age, or how long we have been a Christian, or our level of education, or our marital status, or where we land on the organizational chart at work, or our bank account balance. We can all choose the path of wisdom, laying the foundation for true success and God’s kind of good results. God makes it clear that He is the source of wisdom and loves to show us the path of wisdom, giving us wisdom freely when we ask. (James 1:5)

Abigail’s husband possessed confidence, but linked with his foolishness, revealed in his refusal to listen to others and honor his debts, he was a dismal failure.  In pride, Nabal had no use for anyone else and only looked out for himself. But Abigail’s confidence was born from a foundation of wisdom. Abigail chose to listen! With wisdom, Abigail was available to help those around her and had a working knowledge of God’s character. Wisdom spoke to Abigail in the midst of her day-to-day reality and helped her have a solid sense of purpose. By choosing to pursue the path of wisdom, Abigail had a firm foundation for success…she was able to act with appropriate confidence when the moment of decision was upon her.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Ephesians 5:15-17

 

Our friend Abigail, of Old Testament times, exemplifies the meaning of this New Testament verse written hundreds of years after her death. Read that verse again and look closely at how Abigail’s story lends a face and a name to this verse for us.

As we walk through this week, we want to step forward with confidence. May we choose to be like our friend, Abigail, careful to live our life in a way that is wise, and making good use of our time. May we seek to understand what the will of the Lord is through humbly asking Him for His guidance as we face this day and the days ahead with confidence.

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As I begin this precious week of writing, I am in awe of the faithfulness of our Lord. He is the God of Wonders. He is the God of Grace and Mercy. He is the God who knows our hearts, our souls, and our minds. He is the God who watches over us, forgives us, and blesses us according to His good and perfect will. He is the God who loves us completely and unconditionally through all things, and He is the living God who endured the horror of the cross for our sins so we could be with Him in joyful eternity forever!

So it is that God does/did all this for us, for me? YES! I know all of the above is true! It is for this reason I can be confident that my needs, my heart’s desires, my hopes, and my plans, beyond a shadow of a doubt and according to His good and perfect will, will be given to me with His Blessings of success!

 

 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”

~ Proverbs 16:3

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

~ Jeremiah 29:11

Joyfully I Celebrate that I am…

Confident, yet humble.

Assured in my security.

Filled with faith, for He is faithful.

Humble, in adoration, for He is Lord.

Please join me throughout this week as we explore how confident assuredness, filtered with humility, has the power to impact our lives in ways only God can envision.

 

 

 

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This past week has been all about Jesus as the picture of hope!

~He is the perfect reflection of God Almighty.  (Hebrews 1:3)

~ Jesus serves as our God-appointed mediator. (I Timothy 2:5,6)

~He is our hope of true glory, not glory as the world defines it but glory as God defines it in fullness of relationship with Him.  (Colossians 1:27 and 2:9)

~Jesus is the hope that brings us confidence for today. (2 Corinthians 3:4-6)

~And today’s blog?  Not only does He give hope for today, but He gives us confidence for our future!

 

“…being confident of this,

that he who began a good work in you

will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Phil. 1:6

 

This life on earth isn’t all there is for us. God wants our eternal life to be spent with Him in heaven, enjoying life and relationship with Him.  And so He invites you to let Him begin a “good work in you” through salvation.

 

If you have never placed your trust in Him, if you have never accepted Christ as your God-appointed mediator between you and God, now is a really great time to do it!  It is simply a matter of acknowledging you have sinned and fallen short of God’s perfect standard of behavior and accepting that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for your sin when He died on the cross.  “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”  (Acts  16:31)

 

If you have already placed your trust in Jesus Christ, but have not been experiencing the hope that He wants you to have because you have been focusing on things other than God, now is a great time to turn around and come back in to His loving arms of hope.

 

We can be confident that the God of all hope who began a good work in us will carry it on throughout eternity!  Thank you, dear God!

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