Don’t Shrink Back: a {FREE} Confident Heart Devotional Online Study + .99 eBook Sale

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We do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed,
but to those who have faith and are saved. 
Hebrews 10:39

“Things will never change.”
“My life isn’t going to get better.”
“I’ll never have the confidence I need.”

Those are some pretty depressing thoughts, aren’t they? But oh how easily they sneak into our minds and we go along with them without even realizing it. There have been times in my life when I felt paralyzed by thoughts like these.

Times when deep discouragement laced my emotions with uncertainty. 
Times when I let Satan convince me that my feelings of defeat and discouragement are normal.
Times when I shrink back from changes and challenges, as well as opportunities and open doors.

There have also been times when I’ve pulled back in my relationships—with family, friends, and even God. Shrinking back into a place of unbelief . . . settling for less than God’s best. All because I was tired of muddling through apprehension and indecision.

Has doubt ever convinced you that feeling inadequate and discouraged is normal? Or that living in a place of confident assurance isn’t possible for someone like you? I think we often forget we have an adversary who uses self-doubt against us—an opponent who shouts from the sidelines:

“You might as well quit.” “Go ahead and give up.” “You don’t have what it takes.”

We don’t have to go along with him. Today YOU and I can take a stand and stop listening to the lies. God wants us to know and believe that with Christ all things are possible—even you having a confident heart that lives with lasting assurance in Him.

Otherwise doubt, and your enemy, will win every time and your heart will be eroded by attitudes and emotions of defeat. But it’s not supposed to be this way. All throughout Scripture, God tells us things can change; life can be better. He declares with confidence:

See, I am doing a new thing! (Isa. 43:19)
All things are possible to [her] who believes. (Mark 9:23)
I am working all things together for good for those who love
me and are called according to my purpose. (Rom. 8:28)

What if we stopped listening to our hearts when our feelings aren’t telling us the truth – and instead we chose to believe God’s words more than our fears and doubts? It’s possible. I only know because I got so sick of shrinking back and decided to do something about it. Let’s map out our thoughts and walk in the power of God’s Word together— and learn how to live in the TRTH—no matter what our feelings tell us.

With God’s help it’s possible to have lasting Christ-confidence by choosing to believe Him. Choose to remember today’s truth, in this moment and the next, because you are not a woman who shrinks back and is destroyed—but a woman who believes and is saved! {Hebrews 10:39}

Today’s post is from Day 11 from my Confident Heart Devotional book? If it resonated with your heart, I want to invite you to join me on a 60-day online journey through the book! 

With the eBook on sale for ONLY .99  cents through Amazon Kindle, and January just around the corner, this is the perfect start for a new year!!

SIGN UP HERE if you’re interested in an online study  that will be starting the second week of  January, and I’ll send you more details.

Lord, give me a confident heart in Christ. I want You to lead me beyond believing in You to truly believing You. Help me rely on the power of Your promises and live like they are true. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.

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