When you hear the word, you can easily brush it off as daytime talk show material or a title to a self-help book.
In other words, it doesn’t seem like a spiritual thing to focus on.
But it is.
What does confidence have to do with the salvation of souls, healing, redemption, and all things revival?
Because it has to do with faith. True confidence is displayed when faith is alive in ones’ heart. It’s a character trait of one who believes in the goodness and sufficiency of God.
Yet the concept of confidence scares many Christians. It almost feels safer to not be confident for fear of being prideful. There’s the worry that you’re wrong in some way. What if you don’t even have a right to be confident? What if you are, in fact, just as inadequate and underwhelming as you think you are? In that case, confidence feels like a lie.
Consequently, insecurity has become a carnal security blanket for many Christians in this day and age. It keeps expectations low, thus the chances of failure even lower.
It’s easier to tell people that you’re unsure of yourself, than to tell them that you were created for greatness.
It’s easier to tell people that you are not gifted, than to tell them that the Spirit most definitely works through you.
Although it provides a semblance of false safety, insecurity is a false prophet. It keeps you from walking in the fullness of God’s will for you. This is because insecurity is just security in yourself. You play the self-deprecating dialogue in your head to keep yourself on your toes, to prevent disappointment when you fail, to guard your heart from rejection, and so on. But because everything is on you, it’s an extremely stressful way to live, to say the least.
Insecurity can even be wrongly perceived as being holy. Perhaps it’s because we think of examples like Moses and his stuttering tongue excuse (Exodus 4:10) and Jeremiah who says that he was too young and incapable to prophesy (Jeremiah 1:6).
However, nowhere in the Bible did God approve of insecurity.
To Moses, the Lord says, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go…” (Exodus 4:11-12)
To Jeremiah, the Lord says, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you…” (Jeremiah 1:7-8)
God never coddles insecurity. He never entertains it, nor does He mitigate it by amplifying one’s sense of worth. In fact, how He always dealt with the insecure prophets and servants was by diverting their attention away from themselves and towards His Presence.
Look at Him. Stop looking at yourself.
The right to be confident stems from your choice to be confident in God first.
Faith does just that. This is because faith is believing not only that God is good but that He’s good enough to trust. It’s what gives you the courage to love those who may not love you back. It’s what gives you the boldness to try out the spiritual gifts within you that you may not even feel like you have. It gives you the assurance to preach the gospel, even when you don’t feel like the greatest Christian yourself. It gives you the peace to be you, even if “you” is different from the rest.
You can do it not because you’re good enough, but because the One within you is.
Take a look at the psalmist in Psalm 139 who says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)
The psalmist is basically saying, “I praise you because I’m awesome! I know for sure that I’m awesome because of you!”
Jesus Himself never lacked confidence. He never brooded over his inability to perform. He never wasted a moment on whether He was good enough or amounted enough. He never compared Himself to any of His peers.
Not everyone believed Jesus, even after He preached one of the greatest sermons of all time.
Not everyone thanked Jesus, even after He changed their lives with miracles.
Not everyone spoke well of Jesus, even though He did nothing wrong.
Jesus was surrounded by betrayal and misunderstanding, but He never once dabbled in self-pity or a victim mentality. His power never came from such a place. Rather, His power came from the goodness of the Holy Spirit that resided within Him.
You need faith to have confidence, and faith is no respecter of man. It does not bow down to what you are or what you fail to be. In fact, faith only recognizes who God is and what only God can do. It works according to His goodness, not according to our merit.
Powerful Christian living is not about ignoring your shortcomings. Who knows? You may indeed be everything that you fear that you are! God never told Moses that he was a great speaker. He never denied that Jeremiah was too young. They were probably all those things!
But faith gives you permission to look beyond that, your limited and carnal self.
Therefore, powerful Christian living is about merely accepting who you are… but also embracing who He is. Keep self-awareness close, but His grace even closer.
I am with you, He says. I am for you, He says.
With Him, you are more than enough.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)