There is a lack of confidence that is sweeping America and the nations of the world right now. In America, people are moving to other countries to escape the chaos in the streets. Americans are losing confidence in themselves and in our future as a nation. Nationalism (America first) is at war with globalism (the New World Order). Socialism is threatening capitalism and free enterprise. Washington, D.C. has made character assassination an art form. We have clearly lost our moral compass as a nation. Yes, we have many reasons for lacking confidence.
But a lack of confidence will destroy your peace and your peace of mind. It can destroy your marriage, your hopes and dreams, your relationships and your physical health. A lack of confidence will assassinate every opportunity that comes your way. It can crush your dreams before they are even born. You will never accomplish your divine destiny until you crucify the insecurity that haunts you night and day, and embrace the divine confidence that comes from God. A lack of confidence makes you see the dark side of every issue with which you are confronted.
Today, I want you to experience an explosion of divine confidence in yourself, in God, in other people... in the fact that your life can be a continuous adventure, not a perpetual parade of misery.
PSALM 27:1 TELLS US, “THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION; WHOM SHALL I FEAR? THE LORD IS THE STRENGTH OF MY LIFE; OF WHOM SHALL I BE AFRAID?”
Our confidence is not based upon what the world dictates it should be. Our confidence is based upon God’s Word. We are all sons and daughters of the Most High God. We are established on the Solid Rock that is eternal and unshakable.
Confidence is defined by Webster as assurance. Confidence breaks down into two words... “con” meaning with and “fideo” meaning faith. The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Faith starts out before you know how things are going to turn out. If you know the end from the beginning, that’s not faith. Faith doesn’t demand miracles; it produces them. Great faith is the product of great fights that are won in the arena of life. How do you gain great faith? By fighting one battle at a time, increasing the size of your faith until you are able to fight the giants. Great faith is born on the battlefield of life...sometimes when your very existence is being threatened.
Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come from great trials. Every stumbling block can become a stepping stone. Every opposition can become and opportunity. Faith is not believing that God can do it. Faith is believing that God will do it and He will do it for you right now!
When you stop exercising your faith, you lose your faith. Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death. Faith helps you walk fearlessly, run confidently and live victoriously. God is not moved by your emotions. He is moved by your faith.
God promises in His Word that what we bind on earth is bound in heaven. Stop waiting for God to do something for you, and start doing something for yourself. If we are told to first do our part (bind on earth) so that God can do His part (bound in heaven)... then what are you waiting for? You may not see what God is doing on your behalf with your natural eye, but faith expects that God is constantly working to make things happen to offer you a rich and full life.
Faith is only visible to God. You and I can’t see it, but God does. How strong is your faith? By faith, Noah built an ark in a world that had never seen rain. People thought he was crazy, but without anyone’s approval he began building an ark and loading the animals. And then the rains came. Are you waiting on someone else’s approval besides God’s? You don’t need it.
God’s delays are not God’s denials. He heard you. It’s coming; just rejoice! Be glad that the problem is solved. You can’t see it, but it’s already done. Start praising the Lord for the solution to your problem. Speak to the problem as though it has already beenresolved, because in God's economy...it has. Your faith has already unlocked the answer and God has sent His angels to take charge. Your answer is on the way, in Jesus’ name!
If God sends you fishing for Moby Dick, take the tartar sauce! Great things are coming when you place your faith in a God that cannot fail.
The word cometh is a Greek continuance verb, meaning faith is continuing to grow in you predicated on your obedience to the Word of God. When you hear the Word and obey it, you go from glory to glory. With each battle you fight, you become less concerned with the opinions of those around you. The battle belongs to the Lord. You and God have formed a working relationship. You’re no longer bound by your own self-imposed limitations.
Open the Word of God and let His promises roll over you like a tidal wave of blessings, of favor and of great things to come. It will take your dull, boring, wall-flower lifestyle and transform it into a ball of divine fire. Faith in God can help you accomplish the seemingly impossible.
Here are some signs that you’ve lost confidence in yourself:
1. You’re looking for reasons why you can’t attempt a new task. You say things like, “It won’t work! I’ve tried that and failed.” Look at the word triumph. It goes like this... TRY—UMPH! If you’ve fallen down seven times, get up. God’s still on the throne and it can still come together!
2. You know you’re losing confidence in yourself when you refuse to act upon solutions to your problem. You start consulting others on what to do. Stop it! A camel was a race horse designed by a committee of 12. You only need God’s opinion.
3. You lack confidence when you’re fearful of responsibility, so you turn down the promotion at work. You have sentenced yourself to a life of mediocrity, to living in a rut. (A rut is a grave with both ends kicked out.) Get off your blessed assurance, take the promotion and rise to another level. Let God reward you for daring to be different!
4. You lack confidence when the boss calls you and your first reaction is to wonder what you did wrong. Your reaction should be, “My raise finally came through!”
You are going to have the opportunity to do something great that could change your life for the better. The first wave of emotion might include insecurity, uncertainty and fear. Push through that! Get on the other side of it and be who God intended for you to be! You are a child of the living King!