Free Thought Friday: February 10, 2017
Currency of Confidence
The first thought in my mind this morning when I woke up was: “The currency is confidence”. This phrase began to take form as the following thoughts that came were how people with confidence act and how others respond to that confidence. Then I began thinking of my first three mentors in my walk with Jesus. They are not perfect women (and they will say this also) but they exude a level of confidence of who they are in Christ. I do not believe it is a coincidence that the Lord had these three particular women as my first mentors to help guide me in my walk. With them, and now others the Lord added to mentor me, I have a level of confidence that I have never had in anything. That confidence is not in myself but in the fact of how much the Lord loves us to share His authority with us and how He teaches us to use that authority. This will be a long post but I feel it is necessary because of the times we live in.
Let us first look at a few definitions to grasp what we are talking about:
*The feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
*The state of feeling certain about the truth of something.
*A feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.
*The telling of private matters or secrets with mutual trust.
*(often confidences)A secret or private matter told to someone under a condition of trust.
Late Middle English: from Latin confidentia, from confidere have full trust (see confident).
*Feeling or showing confidence in oneself; self-assured.
*Feeling or showing certainty about something.
Late 16th century: from French confident(e), from Italian confidente, from Latin confident- having full trust from the verb confidere, from con- (expressing intensive force) + fidere trust.
As we can see there are two main points that guide confidence; trust and truth. In order to be confident about something we have to trust it is truth. Once we have that we are able to live in this state without doubt. This is the feeling of assurance.
When I typed the word ‘assurance’ into biblegateway.com, the first Bible verse that came up was:
Hebrews 11:1 – [By Faith We Understand] Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Here is the rest of that passage.
Hebrews 11:2-3 – For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
*A positive declaration intended to give confidence; a promise.
*Confidence or certainty in one’s own abilities.
*Certainty about something.
*Tell someone something positively or confidently to dispel any doubts they may have.
*Make (someone) sure of something.
*[with object] Make (something) certain to happen.
(example: ‘victory was now assured’)
Late Middle English: from Old French assurer, based on Latin ad- to (expressing change) + securus (see secure).
This is becoming interesting. Remember, the phrase I heard that started all this was “The currency is confidence”. I strongly believe this was the voice of Holy Spirit. Let us review what we are seeing.
-“The currency is confidence.”
-“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
-“Confidence: firm trust; the state of feeling certain about the truth of something.”
-“Assurance: a promise.”
-“Assure: tell someone something positively or confidently to dispel any doubts they may have.”
Are we starting to see the picture develop?
Isaiah 32:17 – The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
Acts 17:30-31 – Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Hebrews 10:19-22 – Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Sometimes, actually more often than not, confidence is mistaken for another trait and vice versa. The other trait is arrogance.
*Having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.
Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin arrogant- claiming for oneself from the verb arrogare (see arrogate).
*Take or claim (something) without justification.
“…an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.” Hmmm… So how do we discern the difference between confidence and arrogance? One not so simple word; humility.
*A modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.
*Having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.
*(of an action or thought) offered with or affected by a modest estimate of one’s own importance.
Many of us have had the incorrect mindset when it comes to humility. We tend to believe it means we hide in the shadows or we don’t show our gifts. WRONG!!! Sometimes we are even made to feel that we are being arrogant in our talents and gifts because we are expressing such joy. Let us think of our greatest example who was, is, and always will be “gentle and lowly in heart (Matthew 11:29)”. Jesus did not hide Who He was in the sense of believing He was not the Son of God. He only hid Himself in the physical sense when a threat of being captured before the appointed time came. He never denied Who He was. He only told those whom His (and our) Father told Him to. Whenever He went into isolation it was to pray and communicate with The Father.
“The currency is confidence.”
Matthew 5:13-16 – “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
The only thing that stops us from being confident (having and showing trust) is fear. This fear can come from ourselves or be from those around us. Fear creates doubt. When there is doubt, there is lack of trust. When there is lack of trust, there is lack of faith.
Luke 16:10 – He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
Revelation 3:14,19-21 – “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God…19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
The currency is confidence. The only acceptable price to Our Father in Heaven is belief in Jesus as The Christ, The True Son of God (John 3:16-17). We must trust and believe in every promise our Father has given us through His written Word and the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. We must remain humble to not think ourselves more than we are. Humility comes through loving one another so we show mercy and compassion instead of ungodly judgments. We cannot allow fear to keep us from hearing Holy Spirit and doing what we know we hear Him say. We cannot allow the fear of making a mistake to stop us. When we have fear or are afraid of something, we should rely on our trust in the Lord and tell Him the truth of what we are feeling. He already knows so why deny it. When fear exists it is imperative we cling even closer to the Lord. Knowing who we are and walking that out regardless of anyone else’s doubts is what being confident is all about.
The currency is confidence. How rich are we?
Revelation 3:18 – I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
Grow in the knowledge of Who He is to grow in the knowledge of who you are.
Proverbs 2:3-5 – Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 9:10 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 24:3-4 – Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; 4 By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.
2 Corinthians 5:1 – For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Alicia R. Shipe
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