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Confidence and Self Confidence are hot topics these days. All around me i’m told to think confidently, to be self-assured, to live boldly. Society says, be self-confident, but what does the Word have to say about confidence and self-confidence.

The word confidence (or very similar words) is referenced 50 to 60 times in the Bible depending on the translation you’re reading.  These references refer to my trust in people, circumstances, and God.

The Word is very clear about this word confidence and adding the word self in front of it. Here’s what Philippians 3:3 says, “Have no confidence in the flesh.” Flesh as in self! If that’s not clear enough then here’s Proverbs 14:16 “A righteous man departs from evil, but a fool rages in his (self) confidence.” Neither of these verses suggest that i’m not to have confidence, but they do make it clear, that confidence in myself is misplaced.

Based on the that premise, what should confidence in my life look like? Psalm 118:8 says, “It is better to trust and take refuge (have confidence) in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” i’ve spent many years and struggled hard to get rid of anything prefaced with self. This needs a little more explanation. i have self-esteem but it’s not based on my looks, my position, the clothes wear or the car i drive. In fact it’s not based on anything i can see, hear, taste, touch or smell. which is how the world packages it.

my self-esteem is based on being God’s child, born again of the incorruptible seed. The Lion of Judah represents the triumphant Jesus. King David and Jesus came from the tribe of Judah. Through that lineage i am a Lion of Judah, triumphant and confident in my heritage.

Mirror Confidencemy confidence is in a personal, intimate relationship with God. He is my High Priest, and through His intercession, i can “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that i may receive mercy and find grace to help me in my time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

Proverbs 3:26 for me is a guarantee. “For the Lord shall be ed’s confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep ed’s foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger]. Putting my confidence in His revealed Word, changes everything. my life takes on a new stability, focus, and identity. It’s there that i realize, i am smart enough “because i have the mind of Christ, because i have established my thoughts in Him, therefore every step i take is ordered by Him.” Now there are no good days or bad days, no good circumstances or bad circumstances, just days and circumstances filled with grace.

So ed, does not, therefore, fling away his fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. For ed has need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that ed may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

This is my confidence, “i am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in me will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in me.” Philippians 1:6

Practical application is a required element for good information to become life changing versus just good information.

So in order to build up my “FEARLESS CONFIDENCE” i am intentionally committing to not say anything about myself or anyone else that God himself hasn’t or wouldn’t say about me or others.

Ephesians 4:29, ed, let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.

Words and Actions, Words and Actions, ed overcomes (conquers) circumstances, trials, by means of the Blood of the Lamb (confidence) and by the utterance (words) of his testimony, for ed did not love and cling to life (self, flesh) even when faced with death [holding his life cheap till he had to die for his witnessing]. (Revelation 12:11) paraphrased.

 

Hello i’m Dr. Ed Peterson host of the me and I Am post and podcast. i don’t pretend to have all the answers and in fact my intention or purpose for these posts is not to offer any answers, but simply that the words I share would stir you up to find your own answers. Thank you for joining me on my journey of INTENTIONAL living.

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Nobody else gets a word in, i’m right “Period”, i can’t just hang out with anybody, i can deliver the moon on a stick, People don’t “get me”.

One might be thinking, what’s wrong with any one of those or even all of them for that fact. Well, these might be signs of being overly self-confident. But in a day and age where my confidence is challenged constantly through the media that being younger, thinner, faster, or wearing the current trend, having the latest electronic device makes me better than the next guy, is it really possible to have too much confidence?

ConfidenceSelf-confidence is having confidence in oneself. Arrogance, is having unmerited confidence—believing something or someone is capable or correct when they are not.

Overconfidence or presumptuousness is excessive belief in someone (or something) succeeding, without any regard for failure.

Wikipedia says, The socio-psychological concept of self-confidence relates to self-assurance in one’s personal judgment, ability, power, etc.

It says that, confidence is when i “Promise myself, no matter how difficult the problem life throws at me, that i will try as hard as i can to help myself. i am aware that sometimes my efforts to help myself may not result in success, because being properly rewarded is not in my control.

All through life my self-confidence is affected by age, race, ethnicity, puberty, health, body height, body weight, body image, involvement in physical activities, gender, and awakening or discovery of sexuality. Self-confidence can vary and be observed in a variety of dimensions. Elements of my social and academic life affect my self-confidence. Also my self-confidence can vary in different environments, such as at home, school, work or even church.

Want to hear more? Join me on Friday for the me and I Am post or podcast as i look at this topic of Confidence, lack of Confidence and self-confidence with more detail. You can subscribe to these post by visiting meandiam.wordpress.com, then you’ll receive the post and podcast as soon as it’s available. There are a number of previous posts, in a variety of categories that are there for you to consider as well. You’ll be able to listen at your leisure and I would encourage you to take notes to do further research for better understanding. i look forward to our next visit together. Thank you for sharing this time with me. Now go and live life Intentionally!

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ConfidentEver find yourself battling thoughts like…

I’m not good enough? I’m not thin enough? I’m not smart enough? I’m not qualified? I’m not tall enough? I’m not… I’m not… I’m not… and the list can go on?

Been there, done that and still doing it! Why? Is it possible that i lack confidence because i don’t believe God will show up?

What do i really believe about Hebrews 13:6 So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; i will not be seized with alarm [i will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?

Then what about the flip-side of those words? If i do not take comfort and i am not encouraged and i don’t confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; Then what? i will be seized with alarm [i will fear or dread or be terrified]. And in that state the question “What can man do to me” takes on a whole new meaning.

If you want to hear more join me on Friday for the meandiam post or podcast as i look at this topic of Confidence or lack of Confidence. You can subscribe to these post by visiting meandiam.com then you’ll receive the post and podcast as soon as it’s available. Also you can go back and listen over and over for better understanding.