Psalm 27:14 - “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!”
You made it to Day 21 of The Fast 2021! We hope the past 21 days have been full of God’s goodness towards you.
We’ve learnt a lot about leaning in to trust God during this fast. Trusting Him with our past and all that we have walked through until now. Trusting Him with our present circumstances. And trusting Him with the way forward.
It is now time to walk forward with a deep trust in Him. A courage and confidence that can’t be shaken, no matter what comes.
It’s our confidence that gives us the drive to get up in the morning and face life and challenges that are presented to us. It is our confidence that will cause us to enter 2022 with hope and expectation.
We need to hold onto our confidence - because our confidence is tied to receiving what God has promised.
Hebrews 10:35-36 – “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
This kind of confidence is not automatic. It does not come and stay as part of your faith decision. We need to continuously pick up our confidence.
‘confidence’ = full trust; belief; assurance; boldness.
Often we combine this word with ‘self’ as in ‘self-confidence’. The problem is that we know ourselves too well. It’s hard to put full trust in someone (ourselves) when we know our own failings so well, when we know our inside hearts and lives, and when we know the difference between our intentions and our realities.
In order to have confidence, we need to place our confidence in Someone that is fully deserving and can live up to our full trust, belief, and assurance.
There are so many places we choose to put our confidence other than God which we are often unaware of. When trying to get confidence in temporary and superficial things, we end up unstable and unsettled. We have consistent insecurity and worry about people not approving of us, we worry about a good situation going wrong, or don’t believe that a bad situation can get better. This instability internally makes it difficult to enjoy life and live on purpose. We miss open doors and opportunities due to fear, doubt and insecurity.
Jeremiah 17:6 describes this person as not being able to “see prosperity when it comes.”
Today, we need to slow down, think, and identify where else we may be going for confidence.
Where do you try to place your confidence?
Control/Circumstances – We think if our circumstances change, then we’ll be confident (health, finances, dating, marriage, job).
Money – We think more money will bring confidence.
Achievements – We think accomplishing goals in work or life will bring confidence.
People – We think people liking us or respecting us will bring confidence.
Pleasure – We think feeling pleasure will give us confidence.
You have built courage and confidence into your spirit over the past 21 days! Don’t now turn to other things for your confidence. Remain close to Him!
And be aware that the first thing the enemy will try to attack after this fast is in this area of your confidence and trust in God and His call for your life.
But you are anointed for this. Pick up your confidence! Your greatest weapon heading into the remainder of this year and into 2022 is your confidence.
Psalm 16:8 - “Because I set you, God, always close to me, my confidence will never be weakened, for I experience your wraparound presence every moment.”
It is now time to walk forward with a deep trust in Him.
Thank you for committing to pray with us and for joining us for The Fast 2021.
We pray that over the past 21 days you have experienced God’s presence in ways you will never forget. We pray that God has opened your eyes to things you never saw before. We pray that the ramifications of these 21 days will be felt in your life, in your church, in your community, and all around the globe.
We can’t wait to celebrate all that God has done, so we’d love to encourage you to share your testimonies with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or with your local Pastor or eGroup leader.