The word “Confidence” means many things to different people. Somehow in just saying the word, it seems STRONG and ASSURED. Even writing those words in all caps makes me feel energized.
There are few things in life for which we would put our full confidence. There may be a few people that we are close to or in some cases, we actually put our entire life in their hands. (The pilot who flies your plane for example.)
For some, confidence has never been part of their being. It is a word out there for the famous or the rich…not the ordinary person. YOU ARE WRONG…if this is your thought for we are promised a great deal of confidence through a faith in Jesus Christ. (from the New Testament…Philippians 4:13 shown below.)
There are other scriptures that are just as powerful. (from the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 31:6) Now we don’t have to go so far as to tattoo it on our bodies as some may do…unless that is your thing….but we can keep these words in our hearts and minds daily. Remember that God knows what is in your heart and just thinking it becomes a prayer to Him.
The word confidence comes in every language in some form. Here are a few:
Hebrew: mibtach: confidence Original Word: מִבְטָח
Japanese: “Self-Confidence”.. use kanji word “自信(じしん-jishin)” Spanish: (trust) la confianza (f) I have every confidence in you Tengo entera confianza en ti.
Here are some of the words that are associated with confidence:
Looking those over, you may say, “Oh, that is all well and good…but I have very little motivation. I’m no genius. My courage level left a long time ago…and I certainly can’t say I am or have been a real success in all areas of my life. ”
All that you said there is human weakness. We all experience it one way or another. Young people may feel they haven’t had the opportunity for some of these things. Older people may look back and wish they had done things differently. Life definitely has its ups and downs. The past is finished and can’t be undone. The present is what we have and much of the future depends on what we do with the present.
Here again is where we depend on faith. The Apostle Paul wrote the following about himself and his belief in what God wanted of him.
“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2nd Corinthians 2:9) The term “boast” here is not the meaning we think of today, but one of telling or acknowledging…not puffing out the chest in pride.
The Grace of God is His power to help when we have no power. We call this in English “to be gracious”…and God’s love is certainly gracious.
There are other things that are believed about confidence. It is often believed that someone who is outspoken, forthright and even belligerent at times has real confident. A person like this is often trying to cover up for the weaknesses that he/she actually have within. There is the fear of letting anyone know, so being loud and forceful is the cover-up. My friend, we have all known people like this. Do not give them the honor of believing they are truly confident. Inner-strength is not always seen from the outside.
“In quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15.
J.R.Miller wrote in The Strength of Quietness …” quietness never can come through the smoothing of circumstances, so that there shall be nothing to trouble or irritate the spirit. We cannot find or make a quiet place to live in—and thus get quiet in our own soul. We cannot make the people about us so loving and sweet—that we shall never have anything to irritate or annoy us. The quietness must be within us. Nothing but the peace of God in the heart—can give it. Yet we can have this peace—if we will simply and always do God’s will—and then trust Him. A quiet heart—will give a quiet life!”
Yes, CONFIDENCE is found deep in the heart. Sometimes unknown things around the corner may cause you concern. Even though you may not know where you are going or how you’ll get there, with Christ you will NEVER WALK THAT PATH ALONE. He will give you all the confidence you need and lead the way if you will pray and ask Him to do this for you.
Another way to find your own confidence is to do something for others to find theirs. Look at your abilities and use them for the purpose of good. It will definitely come back to you.
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There was nothing HAPPY for the 56 men who signed the American Declaration of Independence at the birth of our nation. Do you know what happened to some of them?
It was brought to my attention today in our church service that there was a price for freedom that these men paid. Some suffered right away when they were captured by British troops and others suffered later through loss of fortune or brutal acts against them. They may have known that they were risking their lives to take such a public stand. Counting the cost is difficult to do before one acts. Regardless of how their contributions in becoming signers of the Constitution effected them and their families, we know from history that their lives were not a bed of roses.
Standing up for freedom and democracy is not popular, even today, with those who would be against it and wish to destroy it. The following gives us an account of a few of these men who made the choice to stand up and be counted:
- Five signers were captured by the British as traitors They were considered prisoners of war while actively engaged in military operations against the British. George Walton was captured after being wounded while commanding militia at the Battle of Savannah in December 1778, and Thomas Heyward, Jr., Arthur Middleton, and Edward Rutledge (three of the four Declaration of Independence signers from South Carolina) were taken prisoner at the Siege of Charleston in May in 1780. Richard Stockton of New Jersey was the only signer taken prisoner specifically because of his status as a signatory to the Declaration, “dragged from his bed by night” by local Tories after he had evacuated his family from New Jersey, and imprisoned in New York City’s infamous Provost Jail like a common criminal.
- Twelve of the signers of the Declaration of Independence had their homes ransacked and burned. Their property was subject to seizure when it fell along the path of a war being waged on the North American continent.
- Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured. Abraham Clark of New Jersey saw two of his sons captured by the British and incarcerated on the prison ship Jersey. John Witherspoon, also of New Jersey, saw his eldest son, James, killed in the Battle of Germantown in October 1777.
- Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts.
- Properties of William Ellery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Thomas Heyward, Edward Rutledge, and Middleton were looted. The British needed supplies and these stately homes were a good source. Little concern during war time is given to the family that dwells therein.
- Some homes of the signers, such as Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, James Wilson, Benjamin Rush and Robert Morris were occupied by the British during the war. They also were unfortunate victims whose property fell in the path of an armed conflict being waged on American soil.
- Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died of poor health. Francis Lewis represented New York in the Continental Congress, and shortly after he signed the Declaration of Independence his Long Island estate was raided by the British. While Lewis was in Philadelphia attending to congressional matters, his wife was taken prisoner by the British.
- John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children, who were adults at the time, fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year, he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead. John Hart of New Jersey, had been Speaker of the Assembly.
Morris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Lewis Morris saw his Westchester County, New York, home taken over in 1776 and used as a barracks for soldiers, and the horses and livestock from his farm commandeered by military personnel of the Continental Army. Shortly afterwards his property was appropriated, looted, and burned by the British when they occupied New York. Morris and his wife were eventually able to reclaim their property and restore their home after the war. Philip Livingston lost several properties to the British occupation of New York and sold off others to support the war effort, and he did not recover them because he died suddenly in 1778, before the end of the war.
For your further knowledge: FIFTY FACTS ABOUT THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE and the listing of all the signers by states.
All of our country celebrates today the wonderful independence that we have as a nation. It is by God’s grace that we can enjoy all that is part of our United States today. We must never forget the founding fathers who risk everything to make it happen and those who have come afterwards to fight for and preserve that independence and freedom.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
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