The Theme for Joyce Meyer Daily Devotionals June 29 2023 is ”How to Build Confidence and Overcome Fear”.
SCRIPTURE: For a wide door of opportunity for effectual [service] has opened to me [there, a great and promising one], and [there are] many adversaries.— 1 Corinthians 16:9 (AMPC)
Quitting is not an option for confident people. You must decide what you want or need to do and make up your mind that you will finish your course. You will experience some opposition no matter what you attempt to do in life. Remember that the whole goal of fear is to stop you. Fear wants you to run, to withdraw, and to hide. The apostle Paul said that when doors of opportunity opened to him, opposition often came with it. Confidence believes that it can handle whatever comes its way; it doesn’t fear what has not happened yet.
The apostle Paul was given a job to do, and he was determined to do it even though he knew that it meant imprisonment and suffering. He kept his eyes on the finish line, not on what he knew he would go through. He said he wasn’t moved by the opposition, but that his goal was to finish his course with joy. Enjoyment is not possible if we are afraid all the time. Fear brings present torment concerning future situations that may not happen anyway. Paul knew that whatever did happen, God would be faithful to strengthen him so that he might patiently endure it.
Prayer of the Day: Lord, no matter what I face today, I am determined to stay the course and not retreat. Strengthen me for the battle that I might finish whatever I start, amen.