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Confident in Who You Are in Christ

"Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it."

When I'm conversing with my kids, especially now that they are teenagers, I prioritize instilling in them the confidence to stand up for their beliefs and what they know is right, regardless of the company they're in. I want for them to be confident in who they are and who they car in Christ.

Matthew 10:32 states, "Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven."

I inquire whether they possess the bravery to uphold their convictions and whether they feel empowered to speak out when necessary. They affirm that they do. My aim is to ensure that if they claim to follow Jesus, their focus remains solely on following Him without being distracted or concerned about anything else.

When I was in high school, I was not very talkative and didn't discuss God with anyone. Although I knew some Christians, I didn't engage in conversations much with them either.

Now, as I assist with the youth at church, I take pride in witnessing teenagers who fearlessly share their faith and engage others in discussions about God. They support their friends through difficult times and are courageous enough to seek help and answers when needed.

Reflecting on the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel, we see their unwavering commitment to their beliefs. They demonstrated bravery and strength.

In Daniel 3:17-18, they declare, "If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

I am inspired by the steadfast faith of others, and I aspire to be equally resolute, continually nurturing my relationship with God

When we encounter struggles, it can be challenging to ask for help—sometimes, I certainly find it difficult. In my younger years, I often tackled problems on my own without seeking assistance. Now, my first recourse for help is God; then, if necessary, I turn to others, depending on the nature of the issues or situations. There are moments when we're called to walk closely with God without involving others, but there are also times when the support of others becomes essential.

There's nothing wrong with seeking help when needed; in fact, we're encouraged to assist those in need if we're able, as the Bible teaches. We're also instructed to treat our neighbors with kindness, reflecting how we would wish to be treated.

Numerous scriptures guide us to turn to God for assistance. Psalm 121:1-5 reassures us: "I will lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved. He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper. The Lord is your shade on your right hand."

Don't hesitate to reach out and seek help. You don't have to face your struggles alone; ask God for assistance.

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