The Secret to Confident Hope

We are still at the beginning of the year, and I am focusing on Purpose & Positivity in 2023!  I want to live my best life, be the best version of myself, and live with the confident hope of who God says I am.

If you’re like me, some days I feel strong and together, energized and confident. On other days I fall short and don’t feel worthy. I’m tired, like the grains of sand in an hour glass are on speed, and I can’t keep up.

How do we anchor to something bigger than ourselves, our feelings on a given day, and with perspective that outlasts today’s circumstances? 

I have found that when I remind myself of how God sees me, and truly believe it, (the key) I am changed within and receive a confident hope.

I straighten my crown and remind myself that I am a daughter of the King; forgiven, redeemed, known, and loved by God.  This is true because Jesus chose to stand in the gap between the Father and me.  Jesus formed a bridge between all people born of sin (every one of us), and the Father who is righteous.

He made a way for us to become new creations, washed clean, and set apart, by his death on the cross and resurrection. He calls us his own. Because of Jesus, God sees me through the lens of Jesus’ righteousness – not how I view myself.  

In Ephesians 2:8-10, Paul says, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (NLT).

The secret to confident hope is reminding yourself of your new identity. According to God’s Word, this is how God sees you through Jesus Christ:

  • Redeemed and forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)
  • Chosen (John 15:16)
  • No longer a slave to sin (Romans 6:6)  
  • A citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
  • Created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27)  
  • Formed before birth, known and set apart (Jeremiah 1:5)
  • More than a conqueror through him who loves me (Romans 8:37)
  • Children of God, heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)
  • Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
  • When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:1)
  • In Christ I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • I am clothed in a robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10)
  • For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 timothy 1:7)
  • God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved (Colossians 3:12)
  • You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)
  • Fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14)
  • Salt of the earth (Matthew 5:14)
  • Saved (Romans 10:9)

When we focus on who God says we are, we gain a peace that transcends understanding, an unshakable confidence, and a joy that is contagious.

I encourage you this week to find a quiet place, while letting the Spirit remind you of who God says you are.  It is my prayer that you feel known and loved.

Which part of how God sees you, brings the most joy, comfort, peace, or hope?  Please share with me in the comments below.

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2 thoughts on “The Secret to Confident Hope

  1. Lorie Porter

    “Fearfully and wonderfully made”. There’s so much power in that. We were no accident. God never does anything by mistake least of all us, His children. It just makes me smile (and I’ll admit, a little prideful, cause GOD made ME!).

  2. Lynnette Holdridge

    “When I am weak, then I am strong.” This verse hit home with me because it reminded me of when I got my cancer diagnosis. I was vulnerable and in shock. I should have crumbled, but instead I felt Jesus with me. I felt positive and strong. I didn’t let myself think about dying. I prayed and with the help of my incredible family, jumped into action, looking for treatments, doctors, and hospitals. Jesus has led the way for me. Today, I am cancer free.

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