Confidence has always been sort of a wrestling match for me. So when God first nudged me to begin this crazy writing for publication adventure, I couldn’t fathom I had heard correctly. After all, how could God use a high-school drop-out to write and (eventually) get published?
As my journey progressed I began to understand that my confidence was misplaced. And that God frequently uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27) because the truth is His power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
The official definition of confidence is as follows: the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
Authentic, holy confidence means we can rely on the Lord; that when He leads us to step out in a certain area we can be assured He is able, even when we’re not so sure.
The good news is God is working in us and through us. He doesn’t expect us to drum up the ability to accomplish anything in our own strength! As Philippians 2:13 states:
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Our confidence cannot be in our own abilities, but must remain on the One who is able, faithful and who we can utterly trust.
It’s time for a confidence shift. We no longer have to wrestle with our insecurities, our inabilities, or our own lack of confidence, because we’re shifting our focus and our hearts onto His ability.
Repeat after me:
I’m confident not in my ability, but in His.
I’m confident that God is orchestrating and establishing His will.
I’m confident that God is faithful.
I’m confident He is at work in me (thank God! He won’t leave me a hot mess!)
Here are two verses on confidence to meditate on, declare aloud, and pray for the next two weeks.
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. (Jeremiah 17:7)
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6)