Confidence is a quality that everyone desires. Self-confidence suggests one trusts in his or her own abilities. The “self-made” person has a firm trust in their education, professional abilities, athletic skills, looks, health, or material resources. Their belief in themselves produces a state of mind and manner that is marked by freedom from uncertainty, self-doubt, or embarrassment.
But there’s another kind of confidence, and it too is based on trust. However, it’s not a trust in self, but a trust in God. Who better to demonstrate the confidence that comes from trusting God than God’s only Son, the Lord Jesus? Even at the early age of twelve, while teaching at the temple (Luke 2:41-52), Jesus was confident in His identity as the son of God.
Likewise your confidence must come from your identity in and with Jesus. He has made you a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and given you a fresh start. Your past has been forgiven. The slate of your sins has been erased. Your present is empowered by Jesus’ Spirit. And your future is guaranteed for all eternity. You are one with Christ. Therefore, there’s no reason to be fearful of anything. Oh, you must have a healthy respect for the fragility of life and the need for wisdom and safety precautions. But there’s no reason to be anxious about your normal activities.
If your confidence for some challenge is wavering, maybe you’ve lost sight of who it is you are to trust. Trusting in yourself is shaky ground. Trust instead in the rock that is solid, in Jesus Christ. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:7).
The chances are good that while you are reading this, you are sitting down. Before you took a seat, did you question whether or not the seat would hold you? Did you examine it for possible weaknesses? Did you ponder all of the ways things could go wrong if you sat in it?
The majority of us would agree we didn’t do any of those things. So, why do we trust an innate object more than we trust our Lord? The short answer is, we don’t. Instead, we’ve placed our trust in our knowledge, experiences, and self. We’ve trained our brain to behave this way. The good news is that we can train it to behave with the truth of God’s Word.
1. Believe and Know that His Word is Truth
We should renew our minds with His Word on a daily basis. Ephesians 21-24 teaches us that we should die to self and become more like Him. A daily reading of scripture or spirit-filled literature will fill your mind with truth. The more you read it, the more it will occupy the spaces of our mind that need renewing. As your mind is renewed, your faith will take root and grow.
2. Be Prepared to Defend the Truth
No matter how hard we try, corrupt or faithless thoughts will pop into our minds. It is in these moments that we must train our brain to line up with the Word of God we’ve deposited into our hearts. 2 Corinthians 10:5 teaches us to take those thoughts captive and command them to line up with God’s Word. A thought only becomes ours when we begin to meditate on it. Instead, meditate on His Word. We must remember that it doesn’t return void and it will accomplish what it’s sent out to do. God does not change and He does not lie. Continue to remind yourself of that.
3. Remember All that He Has Done for You and Others
Our thoughts and actions rely heavily on experiences. This is why it is important to live a life of gratitude and love. When we are bombarded with doubt, it helps to recall the blessings He has given us, the trials He has walked us through, and the stories of triumph He has given us in His Word.
As you continue to do those three things, your confidence in Him will outweigh the confidence you’ve placed in yourself. God places great value on you. Savor this truth! In fact, you are so valuable that He sent His only Son to die for you (John 3:16). And because of God’s love, you never need to be afraid of personal challenges or difficult trials. Yes, times of trouble will come, but rather than hiding in fear, have the confidence to trust your all-wise and loving heavenly Father. The wolves are out there, but the Good Shepherd knows that you are one of His sheep. He is always there with you and for you!
How have you seen God’s care for you demonstrated to you in the past? Does this bolster your confidence for you present circumstances?
Lord, forgive me for putting more faith and trust in myself than in you. You are my father, my creator, the love of my life. Forgive me for thinking that I am the only one who had my best interests at heart. I will wholeheartedly try to die to self each and every day and grow in you. Please help me to do that. Thank you for being such an awesome and loving example. Amen.
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