More than a few times I have prayed with individuals at the Wings of Life, the Home of Grace for Women, The Shoulder, Downtown Fellowship Church or at our Discovery Group and heard them say, “Brother Gary, I don’t think I can make it.” I always reply, “What do you think God thinks? That is what really matters.”
My assignment from the Lord these days is to offer the spiritual instruction I first received as a broken man 24 years ago. The words I speak today come from a deep compassion for broken people and out of my own struggles with uncertainty back in the day. I never forget how God began transforming my life.
In 1991 God gave me a phrase as I awakened from an alcoholic blur: cast not away therefore your confidence that hath great recompence of reward. That phrase comes from Hebrews 10:35 KJV.
I learned that confidence is another word for faith and that everywhere you come across the word faith, confidence can be used without damaging the Word of God. As a matter of fact, because of the overuse of the word faith, confidence brings refreshment.
Jesus did not come to teach 20 Hot Tips on Boosting Self-Confidence! He did not offer a psychological breakdown to inform His listeners’ minds so they would become smart about personal confidence. No, His confidence originated from beyond the time/space dimension. He had the confidence of His Father. We can too!
For example, I discovered insights about the familiar instruction Jesus spoke to, or should I say “into” His disciples, Have faith (confidence) in God! Mark 11:22 KJV
Wycliffe translators and the Geneva Bible of 1599 offer this rendering: Have the faith (confidence) OF God! The Complete Jewish Bible has it, Have the kind of trust that COMES FROM God!
Having confidence in God is good, but having the confidence of God is powerful! It transforms!
So when we minister in the venues God has opened to us, we are not speaking “about” getting your old self-confidence back; we are actually imparting a confidence that comes from God the Father “into” us. That is much more durable when trials come. It is not dependent on external circumstances or other people or systems of government. As the Apostle wrote: That your (confidence) might not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:5
Remember James 1:2-4 NKJV My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your (confidence) produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Naturally, we are attracted to people who appear confident. That, however, can be deceptive. When our confidence originates in the Father we are protected from the schemes of men or devils. Consider people like Hitler. It is even recorded about Lucifer in Isaiah 14:16-17, that when we finally gaze upon him, all will ask, Is this the one who shook kingdoms and destroyed cities?
We are not called to appear confident, but to impart the confidence of God. He cannot fail. He must prevail!
When I ministered this word recently at Downtown Fellowship Church, I was amazed that those who responded were not the poor street people; rather it was the seasoned saints, veterans of spiritual war.
So as I write this, the Holy Spirit suggests that someone may have recently gone through a crisis of confidence. You may not be the alcoholic or drug addicted type, but you depended upon human circumstances that have suddenly or gradually changed, leaving you in despair. Financial reversals, relationship fractures, health concerns may prepare us to hear a fresh word of faith (confidence). God may be speaking to you today.
Have the confidence of God!
Being confident of this very thing that He Who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
Speak confidence into your family! The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart (that is the word of (confidence) which we preach. Romans 10:8
Teaching and preaching is not a vocational thing with me. It is personal.
Tell a struggling loved one this: We have confidence in the Lord concerning you! 2 Thessalonians 3:4 That imparts confidence in the hearer.
(Confidence) comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17
A father asked his son, “Are you ready for this test?” His son replied, “I am if you believe I am, Dad.”
A son asked his father, “Do you think I can do this?” His father replied, “I would never have asked you to do it if I did not believe you could.”
DFM has the great privilege of speaking confidence into those who lack it. This is more than just human positive speaking; it is divinely inspired. Thank you for supporting our mission.