There are many ways to consider God. One way is to know he is there and hedge your bet by giving him credit. That way of thinking creates poverty of the mind and spirit. This concept used by many today leaves people with a great burden of desperation and frankly deep insecurity. Another way is with a divided mind, which the Bible calls lukewarm. This is the mindset that creates liars and hypocritical lifestyles. The spiritual mind trusts that God is the Author and Creator of our lives and we exist for His mission, which is where true transformation occurs. This mind is connected to eternity and all of its richness. It transforms daily by wisdom which creates peace, joy, kindness, love, forgiveness, and so much more. This mindset knows God as the Author and accepts the reality of the flesh. This journey requires the confidence of the Holy Spirit, who takes our stories to places we ourselves could never dream up.
The Apostle Paul states in Ephesians 3:12, “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Confidence, humanly speaking, is a word that stirs up many mental pictures. It is a quality deeply valued and aggressively pursued. It is a trait focused on by parents and rewarded by strangers. Confidence has been deeply researched by psychologists, investigated by authors, and manufactured by industries, and yet, remains a mystery to most of the world. The concept of confidence in a fallen and ever-changing world is one of the great faith contradictions. Enduring confidence can never be a product of any thing, person, or circumstance other than Holy God.
True Confidence is not something that you can manufacture or cultivate. It is essence drawn directly from the Holy Spirit. It is rooted in the unshakable faith that you are chosen, that you are loved, that you are appointed, created perfect, and most of all, that you are a gift to the world hand selected by our Creator. When these things take up residency in your heart, confidence becomes your greatest weapon. Proverbs 14:26 says “In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence.” While most of us would associate courage with a lack of fear, courage has much more to do with what we fear. Courage is rooted in purpose, and purpose is derived in faith and delivered in Godly wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 explains that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” When we finally develop a holy fear, a fear of not being at the feet of our Savior we will then have an experience with true confidence.
Faith and Confidence
We are people of faith. We have access to a Creator who gave us His Word full of His promises that we might be ushered through this fallen world. Through our faith, His word, and our brothers and sisters, we can cultivate an enduring confidence that allows our faith to burn so bright inside of us that self-doubt has no place to reside.
Our Savior gave us the greatest story of unlikely confidence in Luke Chapter 7 with the “sinful woman.” With everything working against her she walked into a room, unwelcome, unworthy, unequipped, and yet unmoved. She pushed past rules, culture, and even fear of death to sit at the feet of Jesus. Her desire for a perfect love pushed past her own inadequate position. Our confidence is an outcome of faith lived well!
Godly confidence does not always face the facts, and doesn’t know how to give up. The body of Christ has every reason to be walking in this unshakable, undeniable, unlikely, unapologetic confidence.
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Kathy Lewis is the Founder and Executive Director of Why Not Charleston, which is a non-profit organization located in Charleston, SC focused creating opportunities and experiences that connect believers on mission to reach and serve their communities. Kathy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.