WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
FEBRUARY 08, 2024
TOPIC: LET YOUR CONFIDENCE BE IN GOD
BY T. O. BANSO
“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).
Confidence is one of the synonyms of trust. Human beings put their confidence or trust in different things. It could be their intelligence, skills, wealth, strength, academic degrees, connections, and so on. This affects how they think, feel, and behave.
Christians could also be tempted to have confidence in these things and will suffer like others the disappointment of having confidence in them because they are not reliable. Although you may enjoy the benefits of being intelligent or having certain skills, wealth, strength, connections, etc, never put your confidence in them. Let your confidence be only in God. Every other thing will fail.
Psalm 118:8-9 says, “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” (New King James Version). The words “trust” and “confidence,” in this scripture, mean the same thing. Don’t put your confidence in human beings. “Do not trust in a friend; do not put your confidence in a companion; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your bosom” (Micah 7:5 New King James Version). Let God be your confidence.
Don’t let your confidence be in horses and chariots or any human arrangement or physical structure, protection, or weapon. The psalmist says, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright” (Psalm 20:7-8 New King James Version). Horses and chariots do not guarantee victory in war. Confidence in them leads to serious disappointment.
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. Put your confidence in God, not in what He or man has made. “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!” (Isaiah 31:1 New King James Version). Let your confidence be in God. If you make the Lord your confidence, He will keep your foot from being snared (Proverbs 3:26).
As a child of God, you got saved because you put your trust in God through faith in Jesus Christ. You must continue to put your confidence in Him, not in your spiritual gifts, spiritual exploits, or spiritual activities like prayer and fasting. Don’t let these go to your head so that you put your confidence in them, or else you will be disappointed. Anything that replaces God in your life is an idol. Jeremiah 48:13 says Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence. Repent of whatever has been your confidence other than God. “Egypt will no longer be a source of confidence for the people of Israel but will be a reminder of their sin in turning to her for help. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign Lord” (Ezekiel 29:16 New International Version).
Paul is an example of putting one’s confidence in God, not in anything else. “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” (Philippians 3:3-6 New King James Version). Paul didn’t put his confidence in the flesh. His confidence was not in his nationality, lineage, family background, personal attributes, or accomplishments. The things which were profit to him, he gave up for Christ (verse 7).
Paul continued: “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; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:8-11 New King James Version).
Paul’s confidence was in Christ, not in anything else. He said in Philippians 4:13 that he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him. His confidence was in Christ. He told the Thessalonian Christians, “And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you” (2 Thessalonians 3:4 New King James Version). Note the phrase “we have confidence in the Lord.” Is your confidence in the Lord or something else? Is there anything else giving you confidence other than Christ?
Every minister of the Gospel should learn from Paul and not make his doctorate, academic or professional attainment, etc., as good as they are, his confidence. A minister is insufficient with any or all of these. Christ is your sufficiency. As a minister, your qualification comes from God, not human achievement or anything else. Paul says, “Such is the confidence and steadfast reliance and absolute trust that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficiently qualified in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency and qualifications come from God. He has qualified us [making us sufficient] as ministers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not of the letter [of a written code] but of the Spirit; for the letter [of the Law] kills [by revealing sin and demanding obedience], but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6 Amplified Bible).
Let your confidence be in God, not yourself or any other person or thing. Be God-confident. You are only as strong as God makes you. Make God your strength (Psalms 28:7; 31:4; 43:2; 118:14). No matter your weakness, His grace is sufficient for you, for His strength is made perfect in weakness. His grace is all you need, for His power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Let your confidence be in God.
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 will need to 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: I shall not make any other thing or person my confidence but God. My confidence shall be in God, not in what He or man has made, or what I have or have achieved.
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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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