The Gift of Faith
Job was sure of the gift that God can do all things and that none of his plans will be thwarted (Job 42:2). The Lord has declared himself the refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble, and he never forsakes those who seek him (Ps. 9:9-10). By being obedient to God’s law we may be successful wherever we may go, so be strong, courageous, and be not discouraged, for the Lord will be with us (Josh. 1:7,9). We must continue to trust in God’s love, rejoice in his salvation, for he’ll be good to us (Ps. 13:5-6). God promises that he’ll guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked he’ll silence in darkness (1 Sam. 2:9). David was sure of victory when he assured Saul that with God’s help he’ll defeat this Philistine because he has defied the army of the living God (1 Sam. 17:32-37).
A Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist, Ann Landers (1918– 2002) wrote, “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” Believers must have the gifts of confidence to move forward in loving ways. Remember to share this friendship by forgiving those who have done them wrong. Norman Vincent Peale (1898–1993), a minister, author, and progenitor of “positive thinking” said, “Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” That’s right. True confidence only comes from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So you should believe in him, do his will, and he’ll guide you. It’s God who brings people across our paths to show us the true way of life. Through prayer people know the actions for them to take. Helen Keller (1880–1968), an author and political activist wrote, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” When believers meet people they have to be positive in bringing them the good news of Christ.
Behavior is Key
It’s for believers to show kindness to those they encounter. An ancient Chinese philosopher and poet Lao Tzu (6th to 5th Century–531 BC) said, “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” Amazingly, it’s through the gift of kindness people are able to do what’s best. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962), a politician and first lady of the United States said, “You gain strength, courage, confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” Roosevelt reminded us not to be daunted by our fears. People must face them head on, recognize them for what they are, and handle them in the best possible way. There’s victory in overcoming fear.
An English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809–1882) wrote, “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” Interestingly, the more people know the more they realize how little they know. But some people work at enhancing their own reputation. Robert Kiyosaki (b. 1947), a businessman, author and motivational speaker said, “Confidence comes from discipline and training.” When all is said and done people have to be well-trained, and disciplined to succeed in life. This ought to be through hard work, dedication, and persistence.
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