"I know that you, God, are on the side of victims, that you care for the rights of the poor. And I know that the righteous personally thank you, that good people are secure in your presence." -Psalm 140:12-13 Where do we get our security or our confidence from? It's often easy to look to other people and things to find both our identity and security. How do we know we've misplaced our sense of being and our sense of belonging? We'll often feel as though our core value lies outside ourselves, or that another is more valuable than we are. There are so many cases of misplaced identity and devotion. Just take a look at the Israelites. They had the answer, and they continued to follow false idols and gods. Why did they do it? They struggled with the age-old problem we've always had - do we let God be in control? Or do we try to take the control back from Him? (This never really works out anyway...) When you think of security, as in home security or a bank account, it means that the "boundaries" or "walls" are fortified. There is no confusion about who is in or who is out. Only the right people or things should be there. Threats to security or safety remain outside the walls. When we are secure, we know who is in, and who is out. When God is at the center of our lives, there is no question about our own identity. "The Fear-of-God builds up confidence, and makes a world safe for your children." -Proverbs 14:26 Do you find your confidence, security, and identity in the One who made you? Pray today that you might be even more dependent on Him to fulfill every need - in identity, in security, and most of all - in your own destiny. "Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say." -2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Related resource: How to Succeed at Being Yourself: Finding the Confidence to Fulfill Your Destiny, by Joyce Meyer
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