For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. –Proverbs 27:3
Confidence! We definitely can’t live without it. To have confidence means to have a firm trust or faith in someone or something. I know most of the time, the enemy attacks our confidence so that we won’t be certain of who we are and what God had called us to do. By doing that, we end up outside of God’s will, never fully operating in purpose. God desires for us to have confidence. He desires for us to have faith in Him and the life He has destined for us. We have to gird up the loins of our minds and refute every word that comes from the enemy with the Word of God. That is one way to build our confidence.
Consider the following Scripture: You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). Did you catch that? GREATER is HE who is in YOU than he who is in the world. It doesn’t matter what the enemy brings against you, when you get the revelation that the True and Living God has taken residence in you, your confidence should arise. You should be able to quench those fiery darts of the enemy.
Don’t allow the lies of the enemy to cause you to be unsure of who you are. Once you realize who you are and the threat you pose against Satan’s kingdom, then you’ll be unstoppable. But in order to keep you from reaching that point, Satan attacks your confidence. He wants you to doubt. He wants you to call God a liar. That’s really what we do when we doubt God. But we know that Scripture tells us that:
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” –Numbers 23:19
I know for sure that Satan attacks us in two area—identify and purpose! You know why? Both are tied to one another. We have to know who we are in order to know the lane that God is calling us to! So if the enemy can cause us to waiver in one area, he has us in both.
Let’s take a look at an example! In Judges we see how Gideon overlooked how God identified him. The Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6:12-13a) GIDEON! Did you not just hear what the Angel of the LORD said? Gideon overlooked how God identified him—mighty man of valor! Not only that, Gideon started making excuses as to what God had called him to do: “So he said to Him, ‘O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15). Gideon, where is your confidence? Isn’t it true that when God speaks, what He speaks is already so? Does His word return to Him void? Definitely not! It is “us” who sometimes lack confidence in what God has already spoken!
Satan makes you believe that you don’t have what it takes to accomplish something! I know when I started back writing for the Lord, I would have such excitement and confidence in doing it. But it never failed that each time I went back to proofread and edit my works, I would become so confused and none of the writing seemed to make sense. And there was a time one of my articles literally disappeared after posting it to my blog. So many attacks! God are you sure this is my lane? That was all a part of Satan’s plan—to make me question and even doubt God.
The bible instructs us: “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward” (Hebrews 10:35). The reward comes from being confident in what God has called you to be and do so that you can fulfill the will of God.
I want to encourage you to start building your confidence by revisiting the words God has spoken to you! BELIVE them! Find Scriptures to help build your confidence and faith! And last, pursue and fulfill the will of God for your life!