Acts 4:5-21 (KJV)

5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

When other people see confidence and assurance in a believer, they are influenced in positive way.

This was certainly true in Peter and John. In Acts 4, they went and courageously preached the Bible because they knew that Christ was the only way by which people could be saved (see v. 12). Acts 4:13 tell us that when the religious leaders “saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”

As believers, we have the privilege and the power within us to be bold and confident as well. This is because our adequacy is not within ourselves; rather, our adequacy comes from the indwelling presence of God.

Perhaps you doubt that you can be as outrageous as the disciples were. How can you develop confidence in your life?

1. You develop confidence by know that God is your heavenly Father, who loves you unconditionally.

Confidence begins to grow by knowing God. God is gracious, kind, tender and forgiving. He is also faithful to keep every promise He made to you. Realize that God is committed to acting on your behalf in every situation, and will only do what is good for you. Knowing Him helps you to have the assurance to face every situation.

2. You develop confidence by meditating on the Word of God.

An excellent way to build your confidence is to look at the way God has worked in the lives of others throughout Scripture. You know that if God has worked powerfully in other’s lives, then He can do so in your life, too.  God can build great confidence in you through His Word. Therefore when you read the Bible ask God to speak to your heart.

3. You develop confidence by drawing near to God in your prayers.

You can’t develop confidence by praying on the run; rather, you must spend time listening to Him. So often, you’ll encounter difficulties that make you think, “God humanly speaking, there is no way this could ever come out alright.” These are the times when it’s imperative to get on your face before God and tell Him how hopeless you feel about the situation. Confess that if He doesn’t intervene, you won’t be able to survive it.  Then having laid your genuine heartfelt feelings before Him, you focus on how God has promised to never forsake you. Recall what you know about Him and confess your faith in Him. God has never failed you and He will never change. By the time you get up off your knees, you’ll have an awesome sense of confidence, because you’ll be able to see your situation from His perspective.

4. You develop confidence by keeping your focus fixed upon God.

There isn’t anything that can shake the confidence that is based completely on God.  After being criticized, beaten, shipwrecked, imprisoned, and left for dead, Paul confessed, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). Paul knew Christ personally, and he knew that if Jesus Christ could defeat sin and death—rising from the –there was nothing he could face that Christ couldn’t overcome. And the good news is that you van know Christ as deeply and as personally as Paul did.

Every one of us has the privilege of waking up every morning saying, “Thank you Father for dwelling in me, for Your unconditional love, and faithfully keeping Your promises. Thank You for providing what is good for me. I know that with You, I can overcome any obstacle! I can face this day victoriously—no matter what—because You are with me.” However, you have to believe that He is who He says He is and that He will do as He says He will do.  If you’re willing to make that choice, you can walk confidently no matter what.

And like Peter and John, when people see your boldness, they’ll marvel and realize that to only explanation is that you’ve been with Jesus.

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