CULTIVATE GOD-CONFIDENCE

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JUNE 10, 2024

TOPIC: CULTIVATE GOD-CONFIDENCE

BY T. O. BANSO

Tell those who have the riches of this world not to be arrogant and not to place their confidence in anything as uncertain as riches. Instead, they should place their confidence in God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17 GOD’S WORD Translation).   

The emphasis in the world is developing self-confidence, but a child of God needs to build or cultivate God-confidence. In other words, he must cultivate confidence in God and not himself, for without God, he can do nothing (John 15:5). Paul said,I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 New King James Version). He didn’t say he could do all things because of his strength. His confidence was in Christ.

Your abilities, gifts, family backgrounds, etc. could be beneficial in some ways but don’t put your confidence in them; they can fail or be inadequate. People get into some situations where they lose self-confidence. Their self-confidence becomes inadequate to deal with the matter at hand. Cultivate God-confidence.

1 Timothy 6:17 says, Tell those who have the riches of this world not to be arrogant and not to place their confidence in anything as uncertain as riches. Instead, they should place their confidence in God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy” (GOD’S WORD Translation). Riches are unreliable; they can fail.  Riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird (Proverbs 23:5). Don’t put your confidence in them but in God who does not fail.

Nehemiah said, So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God” (Nehemiah 6:15-16 New International Version). Note the phrase “all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence.” Did you see the expression “lost their confidence? The surrounding nations became afraid and lost their self-confidence. Before then, they were unafraid and had self-confidence. But when they heard that the Jews had completed rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem in fifty-two days, they were afraid and lost their self-confidence. 

Your self-confidence cannot achieve what God-confidence will achieve. Don’t forget that God gave you the good things you could be confident about. You must never regard them as more important than God in your life. Otherwise, they will become idols and they will fail you. Faith in God far outweighs trust in whatever attribute or possession you have that could make you develop confidence in yourself, not God. Self-confidence will not take you far. Cultivate God-confidence. Your confidence must be rooted in God.

Ben-Hadad, the king of Syria, had the self-confidence that he would defeat Israel. He sent a warning to Ahab, The gods do so to me, and more also, if enough dust is left of Samaria for a handful for each of the people who follow me” (1 Kings 20:10 New King James Version). But the king of Israel replied: “Let not the one who puts on his armor boast like the one who takes it off” (verse 11 New King James Version). The person taking off his armour has gone to war and won. But the person who puts on his armour and boasts is just preparing to go to war and does not know if he will come back victorious. Self-confidence is not enough to win a war. Cultivate God-confidence. “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7 New King James Version).

Paul is an example of cultivating God-confidence instead of self-confidence. He didn’t put his confidence in the credentials that others would have boasted about. He dumped them. Hear him: “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith” (Philippians 3:3-9 New King James Version). Notice the expression “have no confidence in the flesh.” Paul’s confidence was in Christ.

Cultivate God-confidence, for by strength no man shall prevail (1 Samuel 2:9b). There is a limit to what the arm of the flesh can accomplish for you. No one will succeed by strength alone. Psalm 33:16-17 says,No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength” (New King James Version).

Also, Isaiah 31:1 says,Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!” (New King James Version). God-confident people look to God and seek His help. Their confidence is not in themselves or human help.

When Sennacherib came against Judah, boasting, King Hezekiah told his people,With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles” (2 Chronicles 32:8a New King James Version). When the people heard these faith-giving words, they were strengthened, and God fought the battle for them; He didn’t allow human strength to prevail.

2 Chronicles 32:20-21 says,Now because of this King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prayed and cried out to heaven. Then the Lord sent an angel who cut down every mighty man of valor, leader, and captain in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned shamefaced to his own land. And when he had gone into the temple of his god, some of his own offspring struck him down with the sword there” (New King James Version). In one fell swoop, one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians through that onslaught of one angel (Isaiah 37:36). Cultivate God-confidence.

Put your confidence in God, not in your attributes, possessions, or another person. Those who put their confidence in another person and not God shall be put to shame or disappointed. Jeremiah 48:13 says,Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence” (New King James Version). The writer of Psalm 146 warnsDon’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there” (verse 3 New Living Translation). 

Proverbs 3:25-26 says,Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught” (New King James Version). Make God your confidence.

As you run the Christian race, cultivate God-confidence. Don’t let your confidence be in yourself – what you have accomplished or God has used you to do; don’t pride yourself in your spiritual exploits. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10:12-13, Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (New King James Version).

Avoid bragging. Self-confidence does not please God.  “Look here, you people who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to such and such a town, stay there a year, and open up a profitable business.’ How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? For the length of your lives is as uncertain as the morning fog-now you see it; soon it is gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we shall live and do this or that.’ Otherwise you will be bragging about your own plans, and such self-confidence never pleases God” (James 4:13-16 Living Bible).

Cultivate God-confidence. Let your confidence be in God, not yourself or any human being. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes” (Psalm 118:8-9 New King James Version).

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and you cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, help me to cultivate God-confidence, and not think that self-confidence is all I need. I shall put my confidence in God, not myself, my attributes or possessions, or other people.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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