What does the Bible say about confidence?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Confidence is a popular subject today. We are told to think confidently, to be self-assured, to live brashly, boldly, and brazenly. In a myriad of ways, the theme of modern society is to be self-co...

July 01 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini n.l. pearson bible study teacher/revealer of the WORD
Our confidence should always come from God's Word to us. 1 John 3:21 says "Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God." That confidence lets us talk and pray with our Heavenly Father and know He hears us!

1 John 4:17 says "This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus." What is Jesus like? 

Jesus Himself says in John 5:39, "You study the scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very scriptures that testify about me." 

1 John 5:15 says, "This the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." 

Lastly, this scripture and these verses have always given me confidence: John 15:5-8 says "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit..."

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Former French prime minister Georges Clemenceau fought many duels with various rivals. On one occasion, he surprised his second by asking the attendant at a Paris railroad station for a one-way ticket to the duel. “Isn’t that a little pessimistic?” asked the second.

“Not at all,” Clemenceau replied. “I always use my opponent’s return ticket for the trip back.”

Today in the Word, August, 1997, p. 35

The Expanded Bible has "confidence" for "assurance" (Isa 32:17). (EXB) That fairness will bring peace, and it will bring calm [quietness] and safety [trust; confidence] forever.

I memorized Isaiah 32:17 as part of the Bible Memory program at Scottsdale Bible Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Back then everything was in the King James Version, (KJV) --

"And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever."

The Bible teaches the value of confidence (Isa 30:15; Heb 10:35), but neither in "gold" (Job 31:24), nor in man, however great (Ps 118:8,9; Jer 17:5), nor in self (Prov 14:16; Phil 3:3), but in God (Ps 65:5; Prov 3:26; 14:26), as revealed in Christ (Eph 3:12; 1 Jn 5:13,14).

—W. L. Walker

February 03 2023 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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