“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
If your faith is the housing for your capacity, then the strength of it lies in your ability to let God’s activity in your life build your confidence.
Martin Luther was right when he said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. This confidence in God’s grace and knowledge of it makes men glad and bold and happy in dealing with God and with all creatures; and this is the work of the Holy Ghost in faith. Because of it, without compulsion, a person is ready and glad to do good to everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer everything, out of love and praise to God who has shown him this grace.”
God wants you to live with this kind of confidence—not arrogantly in your own ability, but confidently in His ability. You can have the confidence that you won’t encounter anything you don’t feel strong enough to run through. You can know for certain that there’s nothing threatening you that you can’t leap over. With God you can go through it, or He can help you to get over it.
Your past experiences with God give you the confidence to trust Him again and again. You can know you’re going to make it through your situation because it’s not the first time you’ve seen trouble. It’s not the first time you’ve had to survive calamity. It’s not the first time you’ve needed God to take you through and deliver you home. It is as the old spiritual song says, “He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me that I am His own.”
If people want to know what your reflections are of God, they ought to see the picture painted perfectly by the confidence you exude in your daily walk.
You have every right to borrow the confidence of the apostle Paul, until you can look danger, heartache, and confusion right eye and say, “I’m so confident that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”