Approach Him with Confidence

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace
to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

Being sure of something.  Without doubt.  How does an insecure girl like me approach God with confidence?

She doesn’t.

In my time of need, I’m more tempted to run and hide.  I’m scared if I share the not-so-nice thoughts in my mind (temptations, frustrations, hurts), God will be disappointed.  And if he’s disappointed, He might punish me.  Can you relate?

It’s so silly isn’t it?  Like God doesn’t already know every thought in our minds.  So how do we approach God with confidence?

Stop hiding and start seeking.

Seek to know Him so we can be sure of Him.  Seek to trust Him so we have no doubts of Him.

The Bible says He “understands our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15).  He’s been there, done that.  Jesus faced similar issues as us and overcame them.  He uses those experiences to help us in our time of need.

And when we share those not-so-nice thoughts with Him, will we see his disappointment?  Will we receive His punishment?  No.  Even though we might deserve that, we will instead receive His mercy.

Crazy isn’t it?

So what are we waiting for?  Let’s approach Him with confidence.

Confident that He will hear our prayers:

“Answer me when I call to you,
O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”
Psalm 4:1 (NLT)

Confident that He will protect us:

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!
I look to you for protection.
I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings
until the danger passes by.
Psalm 57:1(NLT)

Now it’s your turn:  How do you approach God with confidence?

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32 thoughts on “Approach Him with Confidence

  1. I love this. Yes, insecurity keeps us from approaching the very throne that we have free access to. “Stop hiding and start seeking.” Exactly. Thanks for this word today, Kim.

  2. Kim, I am meeting you for the first time today at Live Free Thursday. How do I approach God with confidence? I think it has come as a result of many years of experiences that have led me to bow at the feet of my Abba, knowing that as my “Daddy” God, he would not fail me. At the ripe old age of 70, I can look back and see His mighty, faithful Hand in my life and I can come to Him in confidence every time, because He’s always been there. Thank you for sharing this post today as a reminder of the promises in His Word.

    • Libby, it is so great to meet you. Thanks for encouraging me to look back and see His hand in my life!

  3. What a blessing to be able to approach with confidence knowing that He knows it all anyway and has compassion and pours out mercy. Thanks so much for sharing! #LiveFree Thursday

  4. I’m working on a post for next week – it’s taken me a long time to write it – it’s on my word of the year (and mine is 2) – Fearless Confidence. This post was like a hug – because it has been a hard one – but aren’t all words of the year that He gives us? I used to think that how could Jesus love me like Peter, James and John – if He didn’t love me as much as Peter, James and John – how could I go to the Mercy Seat with confidence that I would be welcome in all my dirt. Then, one day, a few months after I had lost a little girl half way through the pregnancy, and had an experience – someone called it travail where the Holy Spirit grieves through you – and I had grieved all the way to my soul toes – someone said these words, “We’re just all children of the King” – and within the next hour, something unfurled within me – gradually – in a walk through the grocery store – not just the Logos – words – Daughter of the King – but the Rama words – doing deep into my soul – and coming alive – on what it meant to be a Daughter of the King – and that as a true Daughter of the King – that He would welcome me with the same big love as Peter, James and John. I was about 36 years old then. That gave me the kind of confidence you talk about – the confidence of going into His presence. Your post has a message so dear to my heart! I’m so glad you shared it!

    • Oh Maryleigh, I am so glad you stopped by! I am so sorry for your loss. Sounds like God worked through it in amazing ways grieving with you and showing his love for you. And what a beautiful way with words you have! Thank you for encouraging me to build my confidence too. Look forward to keeping in touch!

  5. Kim, Like you, I used to think I would get the “disappointed” look from God when I approached Him with my issues. I now realize that He looks at me with eyes of unconditional love and mercy. Beautiful reminder, thanks Kim!

  6. Kim, I relate to this: How does an insecure girl like me approach God with confidence?

    For me, it’s pushing myself to do it more frequently and authentically and also renewing my mind with what God says about me is true.

    • love that Astrid – I need to especially work on approaching Him more authentically. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. It thrills me to know He waits for us to come to Him… and no matter what I can take whatever I need to in confidence before the Throne. Confident because He is able above all we could ever hope or yearn or long for… great post today, Kim, I always feel so encouraged by your thoughts and words and truths :)

  8. I relate to this so well. I want to be confident. I want to be sure. Others think I am – but if they only knew what happens in my private moments with the Lord. The weakness, the lack of confidence. Seeking Him restores, lifts, and strengthens. Finding refuge in the Lord let’s me find confidence even in my weakness – starting with the confidence that it’s okay to be weak! Blessings! Denise (from Compel).

  9. This made me think of the verse from Lamentations that says God’s mercies are new every morning. In our weaknesses and lack of confidence, God not only understands but He also continues to pursue and love us time after time. Thank you for these beautiful words today. Visiting you from #DanceWithJesus.

  10. Kim, yes I can relate. Non of us deserves what He gives, but we get it. It’s grace. And it’s great. Thanks for reminding me that we can approach His throne with confidence.
    Enjoying your words ~

  11. Kim, thank you for this encouragement. I forget to ask Him for so many things because I tell myself, “it’s really not that big of a deal.” I end up trying to fix in my own strength until I’m exhausted. I am confident that He can accomplish what is best for me, now I need to rest in it:) thank you!!!
    2 Corinthians 3:4-5

    • Hi Meg, great way you put it: “I end up trying to fix in my own strength until I’m exhausted.” Thanks for the reminder to rest in our confidence He gives us.

  12. You and I seem to have much in common, Kim. I was continually afraid of disappointing God. That scripture changed so much of how I see Him. I can approach Him with confidence, through His Son. What a gift that is. What a blessing! I’m thankful we can come to Him with everything, even our messes. God bless you friend. Keep sharing! You are making a difference for Him!

    • Thanks Julie, your encouraging words are such a gift to my heart! I hope we get to meet someday!

  13. Kim, I love “Seek to know Him so we can be sure of Him. Seek to trust Him so we have no doubts of Him.” leaves me with much to ponder. To be *sure* of Him … To have *no doubts* of Him … That’s what I want. Visiting from he link-up.

  14. Such a great post, Kim! This verse keeps coming up before me this year, and I’m getting ready to study the book of Hebrews, so how fitting. :) I’ve been reading through the Psalms slowly (& in several versions) this year, and one of the greatest things that has impacted me is David’s deep and abiding CONFIDENCE in the Lord. Also in who he is to the Lord. It’s made me realize some of my beliefs about God or the way He views me are totally untrue. I’m praying for a deeper confidence in the Lord. Thanks for the #RaRaLinkup encouragement!

    • Thanks for visiting, Angela, and for hosting the linkup. I love the idea of spending so much time in Psalms – I need to do that!

  15. Oh girl I am SO with you on this one! Seriously…like keeping my thoughts “to myself” is going to work with the all-knowing Lord of all creation! Thank you for this reminder that I can BOLDLY approach my God with ALL my thoughts, worries, failings, insecurities…knowing that, not only is He ready to listen, but He is also ready to help! #RaRaLinkUp :)

  16. So well said! I don’t often approach with confidence. I usually hang my head and stay back, waiting for the harsh judgement I deserve. Thank you for the reminder to approach with confidence, knowing He will give mercy.

    And He knows it all anyway! :)

    Visiting from Meredith’s!

  17. Hi there Kim. Visiting you here from Meredith’s place. There is something wonderfully freeing about bringing EVERYTHING to the light in our relationship with God. I mean, He knows our thoughts, but if frees US from hiding when we bring them to Him, doesn’t it? I love that Hebrews scripture.

  18. “Stop hiding and start seeking.” Profound. Eye-opening. An “a-ha” sentence for me. He truly is the answer to everything, isn’t he, Kim? So thankful you’re leaving the hiding behind. Enjoyed visiting you via #woman2womanWednesday.

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