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The Confidence of Aaron Rodgers

Published on January 6, 2017 | By
The most anticipated game this weekend is the New York Giants taking on the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field. Both franchises are led by veteran quarterbacks and know what it takes to win Super Bowls. Either team has the potential to make a run deep into the playoffs. 

I’m especially intrigued by the Packers, who were 4-6 at one point in the season. Everyone on the outside was questioning head coach, Mike McCarthy, and starting QB, Aaron Rodgers, and thinking the team was done.

However, they turned things around by winning six straight games and the division title, and are hosting a playoff game this Sunday.

Rodgers proved why he’s still one of the top quarterbacks in the league, and his mentality and attitude proved to rally his team during the impressive turnaround.

He recently explained, “You have to exude confidence at times when to the outside world there is no reason to believe confidence should exist. That is what I did. I believed in myself, but I also believed in this team. I had confidence in my teammates that we would handle adversity better.” There is no question that confidence contributed to the Packers' ability to overcome the early season struggles and prove the doubters wrong.  As followers of Jesus, we should also be filled with confidence - every day of our lives. Not because of who we are, but because of the power that lives within us. When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and invite the Holy Spirit into our hearts, everything changes. God is with us, for us, and empowers us to do incredible things for His glory. This allows us to “exude confidence at times when to the outside world there is no reason to believe confidence should exist.”

Our confidence should be in Him and His ability to do amazing work in us, around us, and through us. It should lead us to have the mentality and attitude that we can overcome struggles, adversity, and doubt because of His goodness and faithfulness.

The Bible says in Ephesians 3:16-20 (NLT), "I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

"And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. "Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

 Today, let’s embrace this wonderful truth and allow it to provide the confidence we need to face whatever comes our way. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I acknowledge I can do nothing without You, but believe I can do incredible things with Your power inside of me. Please help me to live with the confidence and fullness that comes from knowing You and trusting You to work and move in mighty ways. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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