Confidence

J. D. Conley
December 7, 2014

Can you imagine a world bereft of confidence? If such were the case nothing would ever get accomplished. Man would have never gone to the moon without confidence. Self-doubt would have never produced the vast array of hi-tech gadgets we have come to rely on today. None of the great inventions of the last century, such as the automobile, electric lights, telephone, aviation, computers, etc., could have been invented apart from confidence. We can be confident that confidence is necessary for proper human existence.

Everyone needs confidence. That is, the firm belief they can succeed. But no one needs it more than the child of God. Yet, no one can be more confident than a child of God. One verse that instills confidence more than any other is when Paul told the Philippians, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Phi.4:13). Brethren have moved mountains, and have climbed the steeps of life infused with the confidence this single passage offers! Christians are also reminded of the opposite when Jesus said, "...for without me ye can do nothing" (Jn.15:5). Therefore, if we hope to live a pleasing life in God's sight, we must have the Lord's help. We must trust in Him to grant us confidence, and He will!

But let us be careful not to allow confidence to morph into over-confidence. Not that we can become over-confident in the Lord [i.e., have too much faith in Him], rather over-confident in our innate human abilities. There is a fine line to be recognized between confidence and pride. Caution should be taken to keep the two apart, (Pro.16:18; 1Cor.10:12). Whatever, we may accomplish it is because of Christ's aid. No man, regardless of how brilliant, achieves anything all on his own, (cf. Jn. 19:11; Acts 17:25b, 28).

Confidence should permeate each aspect of the Christian's life. It is greatly needed in overcoming Satan, (Mt.4:1-11; Jn.l6:33; 2Cor.2:11; Jas.4:7; et al). Confidence is certainly necessary in carrying out the Great Commission. A lack of confidence may be the major factor in failing to obey this vital command. Many need to study more to gain the confidence necessary in teaching the lost, (2Tim.2:15). Heaven's ranks will not be filled with the timid and diffident. How confident are you?

"Finally, my brethren, he strong in the Lord, and in the powers of his might."