The principle of self confidence is not a new age revelation or modern day thinking. Born again believers must learn that the Book of Hebrews has been teaching the creative power of faith, positive confessions, and confidence all throughout from the beginning of time. The author of this Book, who is the Holy Spirit know what he is talking about. The Bible declares that confidence has great reward. It is amazing that this truth has been written in the Bible for centuries.
On the other hand, most positive thinking advocates of this present time thought they invented this “self-help doctrine.” Of course they never did. The Scripture has been teaching and preaching confidence from the beginning of time.
The Bible describes confidence as part of the infinite spectrum of faith. Understanding confidence will give you insights of the nature and behavior of faith. The Bible also teaches that God does not limit us to have confidence in Him, and also expects us to have confidence in our self. Not all, however, feel comfortable putting confidence to one self. Consequently, the world (the unbelievers) picked-up the thought of putting confidence in self. Evidently, the results are unimaginable success and innovations. Because of confidence, there is innovation. And it works.
You see, religious traditions have put us in bondage and we became enemy of confidence. Religious mind has put us on a choke hold by indoctrinating us that confidence to one self is evil. They teach not to put your trust to yourself, only to God. But this conviction is taken out of context. The truth is that we have confidence in our self, because of who we are and what we have in Christ. Therefore as born again believer, we must be freed from this set of mind. We can believe in ourselves, not because of our own ability, but by the nature of who we are in Christ.
Confidence is the key to overcoming the world. The Bible declares that we overcome the world through faith. We place the devil to where he belongs, and that is under our feet. Now that is confidence of who we are in Christ. We can successfully accomplish everything God wants us to do in this world if we are confident enough that God has put His confidence in us. The following Biblical truths give us wisdom to boost our confidence in order to overcome the world:
• Keep in mind that you have a personal testimony to back up your claims.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Revelation 12:11 NKJ).
One of the reasons we lose confidence with ourselves is forgetting our personal testimonies that glorifies and exalts God. Personal testimony is an intimate encounter with God, an experience in which God makes you unique, and makes you what you are and who you are in Christ – the only one of a kind. Because of this personal experience with the Lord, you become confident, composed, and articulate. You can boldly state yourself without fear or feeling of intimidation.
Our testimonies remind us of God’s goodness, deliverance and provision. We can always look behind us and see that God has been good to us all the time. Our testimonies glorify God. They are the declaration of God’s nature and character. Because of this personal experience with God, no one can take it away from us, even the gates of hell shall not prevail.
Take the examples of receiving healing from sickness and disease, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit, the born again experience, the salvation of soul, the joy unspeakable, and etc. These testimonies of ours are personal experience from God. They reveal that the God we serve is a living God, that He is a person, and that we feel and discern His presence in our heart. And no one can take that experience away from us. He is a living God that touched our hearts, our minds and our life.
Therefore, when faced with test of faith in life, you can boldly say, “Been there, done that and I’ll do it again.”
• Speak out your confidence.
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11:23 NKJ).
A newly promoted manager of an ill-fated company, in the brink of bankruptcy, met with his staff for the first time to set the tone of his leadership. He boldly warned them, “No matter what, I will not fail.” Now, that was confidence talking. The new manager projected what was in his mind and in his heart. He had spoken the word of confidence, with full assurance, and expectation that he will succeed and not fail regardless.
A believer with confidence in himself speaks positive words. He does not speak just for the sake of blurting out encouraging words, but he speaks his heart out. There is nothing wrong with talking to oneself. As a matter of fact, as you listen to yourself, you re-enforces what’s in your thoughts and in your spirit. Also, the words you confess have spiritual authority and power in the spiritual world.
You need to realize that faith is a spiritual dynamic. Faith is alive in the spiritual world. One of the manifestations of faith is the word coming out of our mouth. When we speak words with faith, in becomes reality. It will come to pass. The Bible calls it the confession of faith.
Jesus told His disciples to speak to their mountains. Command, rebuke, resist, and cast out the enemy by the word of your confidence. You see, you have to constantly speak out the Word of God regarding His goodness, His benefits, His blessings, His power, His authority, His ability, His provisions and many more.
• Stay away from negative people.
“Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing bad report of the land, those very men who brought evil report about the land , died by the plague before the Lord” (Numbers 14:36-37 NKJ).
There was an old saying that you become who you hang-out with. If you spend many hours of your day with people who have nothing positive or good to say, tendency is that you become one of them. In a short time you begin to speak failure, defeat, doubt, hopelessness, weakness, abandonment, denial, discouragement and blaming others.
The infamous story of the 12 spies that canvassed the Promised Land was a classiv lesson to be learned and re-learned, because history repeats itself. Out of twelve, only two had confident enough to possess the land that flows with milk and honey. The ten spread evil report, fear and absolute zero confidence to all Israel. The result was Israel spent forty years in the wilderness of death.
The life and experience of the Old Testament people of God show that those who maintained their trust in God and diligently obeyed His Words became prosperous, successful and mighty in the face of the earth. As long as they remained in the attitude of having confidence in God and in His word, God blessed them. But for those who doubted in their hearts and disobeyed God, they perished.
A man of God once asked me, how come the Old Testament people of God were exceedingly blessed and prosperous compared to the children of God in our present generation. He then suggested that there must be a secret in which the Church has been failing to discover and missing, and therefore, many of us live in poverty, in sickness and struggling to live by. It appears that some of the members of the Body of Christ are allowing the devil to whip them over and over because of ignorance of the Word and unbelief.
The reality is that some of the members of the Body of Christ have allowed themselves to listen to the lies of the devil. The truth is, the devil came not but to steal, kill and destroy. However, the Lord that saved us from the works of our enemy has given us His life – the very nature of God’s life. If the Son has set us free, we are free indeed. In Christ, we are free from sin and the effects of sin. We have been exceedingly blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.