In spite of all your praying, confessing, believing and claiming, are you still failing to see the manifestation of God’s promises of healing, provision and deliverance in your daily life? If the answer is yes, you might be missing a key component to your faith: confidence.
When the Bible uses the word confidence, it means “assurance”or “complete and total persuasion.” It also closely parallels the meaning of “trust.” When you trust something, you have confidence in it. As a Believer, you must trust God and His Word. After all, He is not a liar: “Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19, AMP).
Faith comes by meditating on the Word. The more you meditate and practice what you learn, the more confident you will become. When you are full of confidence, you know that God’s Word is going to produce exactly what it says it will. Regardless of the circumstances, a confident person says, “I am fully persuaded that the Word will come to pass.” This was true for Abraham. Romans 4:21 says, “And [Abraham] being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” When Abraham became fully persuaded that God would keep His promise to give him a child, Sarah conceived Isaac. Likewise, you will not see the miraculous manifestations of God’s promises in your life until you become fully persuaded.
Another area where many Christians lack confidence is in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. I believe this is largely due to the tremendous amount of confusion in the body of Christ concerning this subject. Many people think that the Holy Spirit is little more than an emotion or a feeling. But those are only outward expressions of His presence. The truth of the matter is the Holy Spirit is a realPerson with whom you must establish a realrelationship. Failure to do so prevents Him from carrying out His mission in your life.
The Holy Spirit is the most valuable asset in the life of a Believer. He is your invisible Partner Who has been sent to be your Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Counselor, Comforter and Standby. You must acknowledge His presence in your life by placing your trust and confidence in Him. Yet as in any relationship, you cannot build trust unless you spend time together. Therefore, purpose in your heart to spend time with Him in prayer, fellowship with Him in worship, and get to know Him by reading the Word. Ultimately, you will become fully persuaded that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you! As a result, the Holy Spirit will lead and guide you into all truth.