This post is all about confidence in God and your purpose!
Do you struggle with finding your true confidence in God? Do you ever feel like you’re not good enough? That no matter what you do, you can’t seem to boost your confidence? If so, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with feelings of insecurity and lack of confidence. But the good news is that there is hope.
This blog post will discuss 9 steps to help you find confidence in God and move boldly in your purpose! I have included a table of contents at the top of this blog post and a very detailed list of bible verses that explains what it means to be confident in God.
Ready? Let’s go!
What is confidence (Christian definition)?
As we begin, it is essential to distinguish between confidence in God and self-confidence. Secular definitions of self-confidence emphasize trusting our judgments and abilities. It also stresses having a sense of control in your life. On the surface, this can look okay, but it contradicts with confidence in God. Christianity is about Reliance on God and not relying on your own strength.
You will notice that some of my points I list in this blog post come from a self-development and professional angle. Why? I see confidence as a blend of spiritual, mental, physical and health confidence. I believe many things come together to make someone confident. However, the crux or anchor of confidence or God-confidence depends on the Lord and His strength to handle life’s challenges. It’s not about your resources or confidence that you put in earthly things. Secular confidence means having a worldly focus by putting all of our trust into looks, people, wealth, knowledge etc. That is entirely different from God-confidence.
The bottom line, God knows our most innate intricate being, and He will never let us down. He offers more than anyone could ever comprehend.
My example of confidence in God
I’m excited about this blog post. Why? Because It is super personal as I struggled with confidence in the past. I was not considered a confident person, and honestly, I don’t think anyone would come to me back when I was in primary school or secondary school for confidence advice. They would have passed me as far as confidence.
However, over the years, I incorporated different tools and strategies that were spirit-led, which propelled me to be a very confident person.
9 Essential Tips to Build Your True Confidence
1. Identity in Christ
Okay, if this was the only point that I gave you, you would be fine. Your identity has to be rooted in Christ! So, what does that mean? It means that you have to look at biblical truths and ask yourself, “What does Christ says of me?” – not what the world says but what Christ says of me. So what that means is that you have to get into the word (Bible) and see what it says.
God-confidence is super important because, in the world, you can get different identities or people can try to impose different identities on you. If you don’t have an identity in Christ, things can get tricky real fast!
To have confidence in God, we must first understand our identity in Christ. We are not defined by our circumstances but by our identity in God. When we seek His approval instead of man’s, we will find the confidence we need.
2. Biblical affirmations / Reliance on the Word of God.
Another way to build your confidence in God is by reading His Word. The Bible is full of verses that remind us of His faithfulness and love. As you read, allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you and guide you.
I also have biblical affirmations stuck to my bathroom mirror, and it’s so cool that I can say them before getting out of bed in the morning. They make waking up feel more like an excellent opportunity than another task on top of things you need to get done!
Ensure that you fill your mind with biblical affirmations about who you are in Christ. Speak these truths out loud and write them down to refer to often. You are loved, valued, forgiven, and redeemed. You are God’s child, and He has a plan and purpose for your life, etc.
If you are interested, check out this article I wrote about how exactly to tailor-make your affirmations.
3. Surround yourself with positive people
The next thing you need to ensure is that you’re surrounding yourself with positive people who will act as confidence builders or confidence boosters.
Surrounding yourself with positive people is a great way to feel confident in your abilities. They’ll offer encouragement, tell you when things look good or bad —and provide constructive criticism if needed! They can also help you develop action steps to overcome any obstacles you are faced with.
Avoid negative people who are always quick to point out your flaws. Instead, surround yourself with positive people who will encourage you and build you up.
4. Be careful of words, Power of the tongue!
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.Proverbs 18:21
Understanding the power of the tongue is essential. What we say about ourselves has a significant impact on our confidence level. Speak positively and confidently about yourself, and you will begin to believe it more and more.
I know that words are so powerful because of my background in clinical behavioral health; what I can tell you is that negative inside voices sometimes actually start as negative outside voices, so what people say to you.
5. Get out of your comfort zone
Another thing is that you have to get out of your comfort zone and surround yourself and expose yourself to different things, different places, people and different cultures. This is extremely important. When you do this, you will gather experiences to initiate or carry on a conversation comfortably.
So, I encourage you- do something new! Get out of your comfort zone. This will help you learn more about yourself (and others) and boost your confidence.
6. Pray to God for courage & confidence
Prayer is a great way to build your confidence in God. When you pray, you are communicating with Him and telling Him your concerns. He hears you and will answer you according to His will. If you need additional help, please pray for courage and strength.
7. Say yes to opportunities
Many people are held back by a lack of confidence. They don’t take opportunities because they’re not sure they can do it. But if you don’t try, you’ll never know. Confidence comes with practice. The more you do something, the better you’ll get at it, and the more confident you’ll feel. So say yes to opportunities, and you’ll be surprised at what you can do.
I was the kind of girl who would always say “no” to opportunities. I was honestly petrified. Over the years, however, I have worked on saying “yes” more often than not. It has helped me boost my confidence.
8. Join Public Speaking Clubs
Public speaking clubs can be a great way to build confidence. They offer a safe environment for people to practice their speeches and provide feedback from other members. This feedback can help you grow as a speaker and as a person. Joining a public speaking club is a great way to boost your confidence and meet new people.
I was a member of Toastmasters, and it helped me a lot as it laid the foundation for me to walk in my purpose. The tools that I learned in toastmasters assisted me in successfully starting my YouTube channel.
9. Elevator speech & dress for the success
Self-care and dressing for success are sometimes overlooked, but it’s worth mentioning. If you take care of yourself and dress in a way that makes you feel good… you’ll most likely look your best and feel more confident in yourself. It’s important to dress appropriately and correctly for every occasion.
Elevator speeches are equally important. In one of my jobs, I remember they required us to have an elevator speech to be ready at any point if you were to run into an investor or maybe a parent. It was beneficial in helping me get over my fear of small talk and initiating conversations.
This is especially important when you’re networking, and first impressions matter. You can practice elevator speeches by writing on index cards and reading them aloud in front of the mirror.
My only caution is that if you do an elevator speech, please ensure that you do not sound robotic because that’s a danger; you’ll sound like a robot if you’re so scared. Overall, I think an elevator speech will be important in getting your feet wet and getting acquainted with someone, especially if you are afraid.
Bible verses about confidence in God
Hebrews 10:35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
2 Chronicles 32:8 With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.
Joshua 1: 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Ephesians 3:12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
Jeremiah 17:7 But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
And that’s it, folks! Tips to Build Your Confidence in God and Your Purpose!
As I conclude, here are my takeaways when it comes to having confidence in God.
First, remember that He is always with you. No matter what happens in your life or how you feel about yourself, God is always by your side.
Second, remember that God loves you. He created you and loves you more than you can possibly imagine.
And third, remember that God has a plan for you. He knows what is best for you, and His plan for your life is always good.
It will be easier to have confidence in God when you remember these things.
Here is a video that I did on YouTube regarding confidence!