1 John 5:14
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”
There is a big difference between confidence and pride. Pride looks to itself and sees achievements as its own accomplishments. Confidence comes from the understanding that the source of every achievement is God and that source never runs dry. Pride always leads to destruction, but confidence leads to a life of victory through faith.
The need for the believer to have confidence can never be overemphasized. Confidence is what helps the believer to step out by faith and please God. Confidence is what gives the soul winner the boldness to be a witness. Confidence is what causes the preacher to preach with authority. Confidence is what helps the believer not to question the old paths. Confidence is needed for the believer to be successful in their Christian walk. Satan will do everything he can to destroy the believer’s confidence. However, where and how does a believer get this confidence they desperately need?
First, you get confidence through God’s Word. Verse 13 says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God…” God wrote His Word to give you the confidence you need to serve Him. You will never have confidence in your Christian walk if you don’t spend time in God’s Word daily. A hit-and-miss walk with God in His Word always results in a doubt-filled walk that results in skepticism.
Second, you get confidence from eternal security. Verse 13 continues to say, “…that ye may know that ye have eternal life…” The knowledge of knowing that once you are saved you are always saved gives you the confidence that your relationship with Christ is never in jeopardy. You can’t live a life of wondering daily if you are saved and have the confidence needed to serve the LORD. You must settle in your heart that you are saved, because once that is settled, you will find the confidence needed to serve Christ.
Third, you get confidence by having a belief in God’s ability. Verse 13 concludes, “…and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” Once you understand that God is always able to do what He says He can do is when you find the confidence to live a life of faith. You must never look at the Christian walk through a human viewpoint, but you must always look at the Christian walk through God’s ability to do if you want to have a confident walk with Christ.
Fourth, you get confidence through prayer. Verse 15 says, “And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” God builds your faith through His Word and prayer. The more God’s Word builds your faith as you read it, the more confidence you will find in your prayer life. Your confidence in prayer can never be built if you don’t pray. Every prayer that is answered, whether they seem little or big, should give you the confidence that God does hear you pray, and that He will answer your next prayer.
Fifth, righteous living gives you the confidence to serve Christ. Verses 16-17 talks about sin in the believer’s life, and nothing will shake your confidence in your walk with Christ like sin. The best way to keep your confidence from being shaken is to live right, for living right always results in a confident walk with Christ.