“Confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective.” (Wikipedia) When it comes to having confidence as a Christian, our confidence is not based upon a theory or unsubstantiated promises but on the very character and nature of our loving Father God. I have noted at least four areas in scripture where we are encouraged to have confidence as a result of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Confidence in Adversity. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident” Psalm 27:1-3. David trusted God to be his “light”, the source of illumination and direction. He also trusted God to be his “salvation”, meaning his total deliverance. He was confident that no matter what the odds, God would show him the path of deliverance.
Confidence in Answered Prayer. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petition we have desired of Him” 1 John 5:14-15. Knowing God’s will before we pray is the source of our confidence that our prayer will be answered. We can know God’s will from the Written Word, and from the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us always.
Confidence in Completion. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6. The word perform means to “fulfill completely” and refers to the good work of redemption God has begun in our lives. No need to worry if you will make it to the end because it was the Father who began the work in our lives and it is He who will complete it and bring us into the fullest manifestation as “sons of god” Romans 8:19.
Confidence in Continuance. “And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith” Philippians 1:25. Satan tried to take Paul out time and again but could never succeed because Paul knew that his assignment was not over, as he indicated in this verse. When Paul had “finished the course” God has prepared for him, he voluntarily “offered” himself up and left this world confidently that there was a great reward awaiting him in heaven (2 Timothy 4). We may all have the confidence that we shall continue in this life until our work is done, escaping every evil work that Satan attempts against us. We are “more than conquerors through Christ” (Romans 8:37).