To believe is to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully.
To have confidence is to be in a state or quality of being certain (free from doubt or reservation, to be confident and sure).
This confidence is the assurance, that one is sure, without a doubt in whatever we believe in. This assurance and surety gives one the courage and determination to do whatever is required to bring that which we seek to manifestation.
Surety is the condition of being sure, especially of oneself, to have self-assurance.
This, my beautiful people is what faith is all about. It is about stepping out, walking, working and acting in confidence, courage and surety. It is the springboard to the manifestation of our believe in God and His abilities. This is what it means when we talk about exercising our faith.
It is important to understand the element of courage, confidence and surety in its entirety because:
- Without faith (confidence, courage and surety) it is impossible to please God Hebrews 11:6, it reads "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him." We have the great example of faith through the 'father of Faith' Abraham. He displayed his faith, not in abject of his existence, but by walking and working in confidence, courage and surety in God. Think of it, it must take unshakable confidence and assurance in God to be willing and obedient to sacrifice his only son at the alter! (Genesis 22:1-12). I mean he was so sure that God will provide the offering for the sacrifice - verse 8 "8 Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together". Bearing in mind that God had told Abraham he will be the 'father of nations', now under normal, human logic, if the son is sacrificed, how will this happen? However, Abraham was sure of God displayed this in his obedience.
- The way which we as believers are to display our faith in God is through courage, Confidence and surety as declared right here in Hebrews 10:38, which reads "But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." Remember, we established that to be courage, confidence and surety. I am more scared of the second part of that verse "God will not be pleased" ...!
- Faith (courage, confidence and surety) turns our weakness into strength. When we act in faith we don't think of the consequences (which is what holds most of us back - such as the 'why, how and what ifs' . We keep ourselves grounded by being severely consumed with questions such as "what will people say, they will think I have lost my mind, or call me foolish!". We forget that it was God's word or prompt to act in faith and obedience.
Nothing will faze us, because we will be purposefully intentional on all our actions and behaviour. Thus, no matter how long or how difficult, we will keep at it because of the inner conviction and surety we posses. Are you still with me so far?
Do you want a happy marriage or relationships? Are you purposeful in the investment of time, effort and yes money into it?
Do you want wisdom, understanding and insight to what you are doing? Are you purposeful in your prayers to God? Is it a shopping list you present to Him or a desire to be in the presence of the King?
Beloved, today, I encourage you to call forth the courage, confidence and surety you have in God and His abilities; in the words He has spoken to you, in His very promises to you. They are already within you for it is in your bloodline and heritage as I wrote previously (READ MORE HERE)
Do you want to have financial freedom? Are you purposeful in your spending, and tithing and giving habits?
Do you want a new job or career? Are you purposeful in seeking out and completing those application forms, even though it is the 100th one?
I encourage you impregnate your daily living with purposeful actions, through courage, confidence and unshakable assurance in God's word, His very power at work within you; making God famous along your way.
Much love, Remi,
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