Confidence in yourself is something that we have all struggled with at one point in our lives because it is hard to believe in yourself when there is no prior evidence that you can do that thing. But the thing is, we have got to make that evidence. Is it just me or did it used to bug you when you were applying for jobs that all needed you to have experience but never wanted to provide you with any. This can knock you down as you need access to become greater in life.
Therefore, faith and confidence work hand in hand. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). There doesn't need to evidence sometimes. Prophetess Bebe Angel once said, "it doesn't have to make sense, as long as it makes faith". Which is so powerful as faith realigns your confidence and puts it on God. You may not have confidence in yourself but have confidence in God. "For the Lord shall be thy confidence" (Proverbs 3:26). Doubting yourself doesn't mean you lack faith, it's not believing or having confidence in God Himself that makes it doubt/lack of faith.
Romans 12:3 - "Don't think of yourself MORE highly than you ought to think, but to think soberly"
In the book I am currently reading, by Dr Norman Vincent, called 'Positive Thinking', which I highly recommend, he speaks about having a humble, but reasonable, confidence in yourself. Romans 12:3 shows us that there is a way we ought to see ourselves, not more highly but highly and soberly. So when Pslams 82:2 says "you are gods and children of the Most High" that's not thinking of yourself 'more highly', thats just the truth of how you should think of yourself. When 1 Peter 2:9 says "you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood and a holy nation", that's not 'more highly', including Pslams 139:14 that says "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" and the list goes on but thats not thinking of yourself 'more highly'. In the book he gave practical steps of how to gain self-confidence, some being; when you have a negative thought in your head, keep cancelling it out with a positive one, recognising ALL your abilities, removing fear from your mind (2 Timothy 1:7), renewing your mind (Romans 12:2) and repeating certain scriptures during the day like Philippians 4:13. One thing that fights for identity is the soul, it wavers between the spirit and the flesh as a human has three components; their flesh, soul and spirit. The soul needs to realign with the spirit because the spirit knows who it is in Christ and the flesh is corrupt and can not please God (Romans 8:8). The soul contains your mind, will and emotions, so when the devil comes to deceive, he starts by attacking your mind and your thoughts to drift you away from what God has told you, look at what happened with Eve, because he knows that with the mind comes the will to do things.
Our spirit man knows it's identity because 1. It was with God, created before our flesh (Genesis 1:27; Genesis:2:7). 2. It has become one spirit with God (1 Corinthians 6:17) and 3. It is in mount Zion, the city of the living God, a heavenly Jerusalem, around innumerable company of angel with spirits of just men made perfect (Hebrews 12:22). Your spirit knows all things of the spirit and knows the Truth. That's why a revelation is called a revelation, meaning something that's already there is now being revealed. I know a person who may unintentionally offend someone (because offence is always dependent of the receiver, someone may intend to offend but the receiver isn't offended = no offence) and once they begin to minister the Word of God to them, the spirit of the offended person begins to resonate with the words being spoken because you can not resist or deny the wisdom by which they spoke like with Stephen in Acts 6:10. They then go on making notes from the teaching and sharing it with others without realising what has happened because it's their spirit receiving the revelations revealed to them. Unless God has hardened the persons heart, you can't help but receive the deeeep message being spoken, even if you were offended.
I say this to say, the Word of God is the answer to all your troubles and sorrows because I can guarantee you that bad days will come, however I can also guarantee that God will be with you through it and that better days will always come after. James 1:2 says "count it all joy WHEN you fall into various trials", meaning they are guaranteed to happen, Romans speaks about being patient in tribulation, that tribulation or distress will not separate us from the love of Christ and even John 16:33 Jesus says it in cold, black and white. "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world". The best way is not to run away from the truth that trouble exists but to accept it and be ready knowing God is always with you... "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me" (Pslams 23:4). I urge you to remind yourself with these Words 'cause I know someone needs to hear this, its all in the scripture, nothing I say is opinion, all based by from the bible and I'm helping make them practical.
I will stop second guessing myself and have confidence in the God I serve and the Spirit that is within me. Every negative word spoken against me, including my own, that is still working against me because Your word says that every tongue that rises against me, You shall condemn. Those words, I cancel those words out with positive ones IJN. I can do anything I set my mind to do and the ideas that I start I will be able to finish them all for You are with me.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"
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Many blessings, D.