Philippians 3:3 (AMPC) 3 For we [Christians] are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit and by the Spirit of God and exult and glory and pride ourselves in Jesus Christ, and put no confidence or dependence [on what we are] in the flesh and on outward privileges and physical advantages and external appearances—
Many of us lack confidence in areas of our lives. We think we need confidence but really, we already we have inside of us to do whatever it is we need to do. The world tells us we need more self-confidence but what God tells us is we need God-confidence. We can be confident with the abilities God has given us.
Proverbs 26:1-3 (AMPC) 26 Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a [self-confident] fool. 2 Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, so the causeless curse does not alight. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a [straight, slender] rod for the backs of [self-confident] fools.
Our confidence should not be on worldly things like what we look like and compliments from others. We cannot be so caught up in worldly confidence that we allow it to ruin our day when we don’t look like we should or others do not think we do things the way we should. Just because the world admires certain aspects of a person it does not mean that God sees things that way. God is not impressed with our looks, our money, our job, our education, but he is impressed with our heart.
Psalm 71:5 (AMPC) 5 For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence.
Confidence is a belief that you can do something. You can do all things in Christ who strengthens you. When you are confident you can do things, not worry and not be afraid. When you understand confidence in Christ you realize there is no longer a need to impress people. The one we should aim to impress is God. I can have a plan and do all kinds of things and things can still go wrong. When my confidence is in myself – I feel down and upset. When I have confidence in God, then I just strike it up as a mistake and move on.
Ephesians 3:12 (AMPC) 12 In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).
Confidence is a good thing not a bad thing. We want to have confidence. We just need to make sure our confidence is in alignment with the type of confidence God wants for us.
John 15:5 (AMPC) 5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen