Today I was thinking about the word ‘confidence’. Jesus showed an unwavering confidence in God. 100% Confidence – I tend to think of confidence as to confide, abide in God and expect good results as a result. However, that is just thinking from the ‘top of my head’.
So here goes for the dictionary definition: Confidence.
Trust or faith in a person or thing. Interesting Trust or Faith – not just belief.
A trusting relationship. Interesting – it’s a relationship built on trust – a solid foundation.
That which is confided; a secret. I was thinking confiding – con·fide – to tell in confidence or to give as a responsibility or put into another’s care; entrust. God knows all, we must declare what we know to be true and deny all unlike Christ.
A feeling of assurance, especially of self-assurance. Know thyself as God child expressing his love, joy and peace and you have all the assurance you ever need 🙂
The state or quality of being certain: Feel God’s touch, his Love, his Spirit and his allness and not only do you have quality – as in boundless bliss but also a taste of having ‘the mind of Christ’. For me, the only uncertainty is in self doubt of repeating the experience, however take self out of it and again I find myself in the state of certainty, the state of Being that is God where there is no doubt. Just knowing, being and doing under God’s safe and protected guidance. 100%, putting my total trust in God and knowing that all is well.
So for me, to put my confidence in God is to confide in God, that is put myself into his care and to entrust him with my life ~ my existence, now that sounds like a good idea to me! God is my life, my reason for being.
‘A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded:’ Galatians 5:9-11 That reminds me of the mustard seed growing into an enormous tree… And a great example of loving our neighbor as ourself – confidence not just in ourselves as God’s children but also in others. And of course, having the mind of Christ 🙂
‘Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. Hebrews’ 10:35
‘cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious–as Life eternally is–can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not.’ S & H 495:14-20
‘If we pray to God as a corporeal person, this will prevent us from relinquishing the human doubts and fears which attend such a belief, and so we cannot grasp the wonders wrought by infinite, incorporeal Love, to whom all things are possible.’ S & H 13:20
‘In Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English, faith and the words corresponding thereto have these two definitions, trustfulness and trustworthiness. One kind of faith trusts one’s welfare to others. Another kind of faith understands divine Love and how to work out one’s “own salvation, with fear and trembling.” “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!” expresses the helplessness of a blind faith; whereas the injunction, “Believe . . . and thou shalt be saved!” demands self-reliant trustworthiness, which includes spiritual understanding and confides all to God.’ S & H 23:21
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
‘The Hebrew and Greek words often translated belief differ somewhat in meaning from that conveyed by the English verb believe; they have more the significance of faith, understanding, trust, constancy, firmness. Hence the Scriptures often appear in our common version to approve and endorse belief, when they mean to enforce the necessity of understanding.’ S & H 488:7
‘Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:21-22