THE POWER OF CONFIDENCE PART I
English dictionary defined confidence as full trust, full assurance or reliance on something or someone. Confidence in our context is full trust and assurance in God. It is relying absolutely on God. Confidence could be a concern to an opposition because it gets them thinking about what could be the source of mettle especially when the opposition assumes that the opponent should be a walk-over in context or battle.
“And Rab-shakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? Thou sayest, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and strength for the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me? Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharoah king of Egypt unto all that trust on him. But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD our God: is not that he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem?” – II Kings 18:19-22
Brethren, just like Rabshakeh could not fathom where the confidence of Hezekiah and Judah lied to the point that he had to challenge them. The devil and all his cohorts will always be confused when a believer demonstrates unwavering confidence in the battle of life. Any believer’s confidence in the face of any battle will always put fear in the hearts of the devil and his cohorts
The truth remained that the king of Assyria was strong. His nation and their military might could be likened to a first world of our time. The king of Assyria had fought and defeated many nations that could be rated as more powerful than Hezekiah and Judah. Therefore, by all natural and military calculations; Hezekiah should have submitted to the king of Assyria without an iota of resistance. All the gods of other nations defeated by the king of Assyria were not able to help them. That was quite true but what the King of Assyria and his spokesman Rabshakeh did not know what that the God Hezekiah and Judah was not like the gods of those other nations. The God of Hezekiah and Judah is the true God!
Friends, are you confronted by “Rabshakeh-like” ranting. Are you face to face with “king of Assyria-like” challenges? Rather than responding to the ranting or looking at the challenges; refuse to be cowered by the ranting. Report the case to God. Do it with full trust and assurance in the Almighty. You will soon notice that the opposition will begin to recede. Once confidence is broken, the enemy will have his way but as soon as your confidence remains, you will soon put the enemy to flight. The enemy is more afraid of your confidence than you are of his attack. Remember, the cheapest way to confuse the opposition is to remain confident.
Confidence in God will ever keep a believer winning!
Scriptures for meditation: II Kings 18:23-37; II Kings 19:1-37
Jesus is Lord!