Proverbs 3:26
    "for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared."
    The definition of confidence:
    "the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust"

    When things are going well, it is easy to feel confident. When you are on a give game point streak, your confidence level in game six is sky high. When you are making save after save, then next save seems easy as you ride the wave of confidence.

    When things are rolling, confidence flows. But, when times get tough, the confidence starts to slide. You grip the stick a little tighter, you don't hold onto the puck quite as long, or you take that tentative angle not sure if you are up for making the save.

    This is what we think of when we think of confidence. Something that comes and goes based on what is happening in and around your life. The problem is this is symptomatic confidence. It is a confidence focused on external factors. Focused on the wrong things. It is a result of placing your trust in the wrong thing.

    When you get down to the root of confidence it really is all about trust. It is a marker for where your trust is placed. When you say your confidence is high or low right now, you are saying you don't trust what you used to trust as much. Or, you trust it more. At least for a little while, until that "thing" (whatever it is) betrays you. Let's you down. Can't be relied upon.

    When you put your trust in anything other than Jesus Christ, you end up with a confidence problem at some point down the line. Anything else you put our trust in will ebb and flow. It will be unsteady. Unstable. Yes, even our own abilities can't be relied upon. Anything apart from Christ and the confidence you have through him is like skating on thin ice (see what we did there!).

    If you want a confidence, a true confidence, you must be willing to place your trust in something which can't be changed. This is found in Jesus Christ....and Him only.

    So, stop the roller coaster ride of a confidence based in external things. Real confidence comes from something much, much greater.....Jesus Christ in your heart.

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