One of the greatest hindrances to faith is doubt. Many of us struggle with it and I’ve found that most people don’t doubt God, but themselves. It easy to accept that the God who built the universe we live in is capable of doing anything. We can trust that God is able to provide and make our wildest dreams come true, but what we doubt is that He’ll do it for someone like us. We find it hard to believe that we have access to the promises of God because of our flawed nature, but I’ve discovered that there are three keys to confidence that we can apply in moments of doubt.
It Isn’t About Us
We can have confidence because our confidence isn’t rooted in ourselves. When we understand who God is we can be confident that there is nothing we can do to change that. God is good and He won’t stop being good because we’ve done something bad. God will not stop having good plans for us because we’ve made mistakes. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Not only that, but He has washed away our sins by the blood He spilled on the cross. We no longer have to cower behind our mistakes, but we can be confident that God is who He says He is, regardless of what we’ve done.
We Are Like Him
We can have confidence because were made in the image of God. Think about who God is, because He can do all things; we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. God can heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons, so can we through the name of Jesus. Because God is faithful, we can be faithful. In fact, the bible says this,
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground. Genesis 1:27-28 NLT
God gave us dominion and authority.
We Have Access
Because God has adopted us as His own, we have the privilege of being a part of His royal family. As children of the King, we get to come boldly before His throne of grace; what confidence that gives us! If we get to come boldly before God, before whom should we cower? Sometimes we are timid and think lowly of ourselves because we think that’s what God wants from us, but He doesn’t even want us to be that way before Him. God supports our boldness. He wants us to walk with confidence.
Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. II Corinthians 3:12 NLT