Confidence is a very important and necessary factor for success. A person who lives without confidence will not realize the ultimate potential that God intended for him because if he doesn’t believe that his goals are possible, he will not try to reach them.
The world teaches those who look for success to have confidence in self but the scriptures teach that the believers should have confidence in God instead for “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). “A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident” (Proverbs 14:16). Therefore, Paul advises, “have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3) because man is very limited.
In this world, people can and do achieve certain goals by some self-confidence and a positive thinking but what good is it when they gain worldly success and miss the much greater plans that Christ set for them? Jesus said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” that is of eternal value (John 15:5). For this reason, “it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8, 9).
Education and experience can contribute to people’s self confidence but there may come a time when they will face circumstances that are utterly hopeless, and then they will realize that only God can provide a way out. Because God is above all things, believers can have full victory and say “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
Through Christ, believers can “approach the throne of grace with confidence” to “receive mercy and find grace” in the time of need (Hebrews 4:16). They should not fear anything for “there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18-19).
Finally, Paul assures the believers that God will never leave them, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). And that those who put their confidence in the Lord will never be ashamed (Romans 10:11).
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