6 “ Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. NASU
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. NKJV
In Joshua, the children of God are told to be strong and courageous. In other words they’re told to be confident. In this day and age we live in, Christians are God’s children because they believe him and called on His name (Ro. 10:8,9) God wants us to be confident and strong. Some well-meaning, but ignorant, people who call themselves Christians tell others things like the ‘meek shall inherit the earth’ and get people to associate meek with weak. If you look at that scripture you will realize that meek means ‘mild, humble, or self-controlled’ not weak. People who are emotional fireballs will not inherit the earth.
God wants you to be confident and strong. How do you build confidence.
1) Your Talk
What are you talking about? Are you saying the things that God wants your to say or are you saying what God says about you. Joshua was to keep the Word of God in his mouth day and night. Faith is not saying what you have, everyone knows that. Faith is saying what you expect. If you want to build confidence you have to change the way you talk. You have to say things like, ‘I am successful, I am blessed, I am a child of the most high God, what I do prospers in the Name of Jesus the Anointed.”
2) Your Walk
Your walk is your day by day, step by step, actions. What are you doing every day? Proverbs 12:5 says that thoughts of the just are right. If you want to build your confidence you have to put your talk into action with your walk. Don’t just say it. Do it. Your walk is your actions behind what you say.
3) Your Environment
Your environment is very important to building your confidence. If you have just overcome alcoholism, then the last thing you want to do is go to a bar. Don’t put yourself around ‘friends’ that are just going to pull you back into that ungodly lifestyle. Don’t listen to the same music and watch the same movies that got you into the mess in the first place.
During my undergraduate work at University, I watched far too many movies. As a young college kid, I remember leaving high school as a strong believer. But in college I started accepting ideas that were promoted in the movies. At one point, I caught myself starting to slipping down to think that sex before marriage was not as bad as I had thought. So although it was something I knew I shouldn’t do, it must be okay for everyone because there was a sex scene in just about every movie I saw. I realized that because I had spent so much time in the movie theaters, that Friday night ‘rest and relaxation’ was beginning to affect my standards. My standard was beginning to slip to the world’s low standard. You’ve got to watch out where you hang around.
4) Your Relationship With God
Of course, your talk, your walk and your environment are all important in building confidence. However, one of the most important areas is your relationship with God. You can have all the action in your life that any super-christian has in your daily life, but still completely miss God. Going to church, spending time with Christians, singing praise and worship songs in your car on the way to work; all this is good but without that God relationship, you are lost and going to hell. Make time every morning to get before God. Read the word, pray, listen to His voice as He directs according to His Word.
If you follow these four points, you will find your confidence built strong.
Confidence in yourself is one thing; however, confidence in yourself founded on God’s Word is confidence that will never, ever fail you.
Posted on 17 March, 2007