CONFIDENCE Is Necessary For SUCCESS

You can find over a hundred books on developing self-confidence.  There are a number of people, Christians and non-Christians, who could read every one of them and still lack confidence.  I hope my personal experiences will help build one’s confidence.

The thirteenth chapter of Numbers tells about the 12 spies Moses sent to scout out the land that God had promised them as they wandered in the desert.  They came back with glowing reports of the land.  However, ten said they could not take the land.  They said the men were bigger, stronger and the cities were too well-fortified.  Two said, with God’s help, they could defeat them and the land would be theirs.  I believe my faith and trust in God would have been sufficient to be one of the two because of what I have personally witnessed.

Having been in management for over 30 years I have assumed that out of every twelve employees, two would be positive and ten would not believe in themselves because of their lack of self-confidence.  I understand confidence can be learned.  Having been involved in sports from the third grade through college and then coaching in high school, confidence is as important as ability.  You will never watch a professional athlete who lacks confidence in their athletic ability.  Confidence can be had without one being arrogant or egotistical.  Tim Tebow comes to mind.

I don’t understand why many Christians are not more confident and they seem to have the faith of the ten spies.  When I am asked to sign our book: “God and the Bottom Line” I address it and write Phil. 4:13 and then sign it.  This is one of my favorite verses.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” KJV   That doesn’t mean that Christ will make us another superman or woman.  It means whatever Christ asks us to do He will give us the strength and ability to do it.

This was proved to me when I was chairman of the Relocation Task Force.  We were asked to purchase 80 acres for a new church when we didn’t have the money to buy it.  Once we found the land money came in to pay for it.  We were then asked to build a $22 million, 150,000 sq. ft. building when we did have the money to build half that size.  That was in 1991.  We have been in our present church since 1999 and have never missed a payment.  What if the Task Force had the faith of the ten spies?  Would our church be able to minister to 40,000 at Christmas time?

It is very important to realize God’s promises.  II Corinthians 3:5 – “It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.” (NLT)

Here are a few more Scriptures that tell us what the power of the Holy Spirit will do if we will allow Him.  I Corinthians 6:17 – Says we are not on our own we are with Christ in spirit.  I Corinthians 12:8-10 tell us the Holy Spirit gives to different Christians: wisdom, knowledge, gifts of healing and other miraculous powers. Romans – 8:15 – 27 – The Holy Spirit helps us to overcome fear and assures us we are God’s children and heirs.  Act 20:23 – Says the Holy Spirit will warn us.  Galatians 5:22 – 23 The Holy Spirit helps us obtain love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There are many more Scriptures that describe the power of the Holy Spirit that is available to each believer.  Is there any reason not to be confident and succesful?

I wonder if some Christian’s problems are a lack of trust or self-confidence because they never study or accept how Scripture applies to them.   A Christian’s self-confidence comes from our relationship with God, Christ and the Holy Spirit.  If you lack confidence do you need to become more spiritually mature?  Do you need to spend more time in Bible study and prayer?  Pray that God challenges you to do something for Him that you feel incapable of doing.  Then do it and see if He doesn’t give you the ability and willingness to accomplish His task.  Do this a few times and you will realize that confidence can come from God.   Then apply that confidence to other projects.  Think positively, tell yourself positive thoughts and you will become positive!  Allow the Holy Spirit to make you into a new confident and successful person as God intended and the Bible assures.

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