Part 1- The Power of Believing
We all have dreams and desires for our lives. Whether it’s a goal to own a home or to start a business or to see our loved ones healed and restored, there is usually something we want that we do not have. So, we proceed to try to obtain those things. We can make plans and phone calls and do everything we know how to do, only to experience failure. Why?
We act without confidence. Confidence is a key attribute every believer should possess because it is so closely linked to faith.In fact, the Bible says . . .
“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen.” (Hebrews 11:1, New Living Translation)
Confidence is the quality or state of being certain. As Christians, God wants us to be certain–not in our abilities, and ourselves, but in Him. This is the essence of faith.
We have all experienced seasons of uncertainty and doubt.Remember your first day of school; your first drive solo in a car; your first job, your first date; and so on and so on. At each moment you had an opportunity to doubt and not move forward. It was your desire for improvement and your confidence that kept you moving forward to the next first. Why have most of us mastered these accomplishments yet, are so hesitant with others?
Remember, whenever you are trying to do something that has never been done or is rarely done, it will be more challenging.The goals mentioned above are common stages in every person’s life. We have people around us who have done those things before. We saw them do it. Therefore, we have no trouble believing that we can do it too. Now, what happens when you want to do something uncommon?
For instance, Martin Luther King had a dream to see segregation among blacks and whites in the southern United States abolished. He began to actively work towards this dream, even though there wasn’t anything in his present circumstances to tell him that it was possible. How? He had confidence backed by faith in God.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
During the course of the Civil Rights Movement, there were many uncertainties. First of all, why did Martin Luther King believe that peaceful resistance was the way to change the course of history? Many people felt that force was the only way to change the unfair laws of segregation. Why did they continue to peacefully protest while people were put in jail, beaten and even killed for protesting? They had confidence backed by faith in God.
Having confidence in God, adds power to your believing. It gives you the strength to raise your foot to the next level on the invisible staircase leading to your dream. Confidence gives you the ability to proceed in spite of persecution, obstacles and setbacks.
It gave the believers of the early church the courage to confess Christ as Lord and Savior even though they knew they would be killed because of their beliefs. They must have been pretty darn sure of Jesus Christ to be willing to die rather than denounce Him. This is how certain God wants us to be of Him as act in faith.
Well, what if you want to be sure of God, but you just aren’t? Read Part 2 where we discuss the keys to strengthening your confidence in God.