Elect Lady's Corner
Biblical Wisdom In Plain English
Building Your Confidence
Although some people may be deficient in confidence, situations or people can either build your confidence or tear it down. Confidence is: “the feeling that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.” But confidence is very essential! Lack of confidence brings about low self-esteem, making you feel bad about yourself, feeling unlovable, or awkward, or incompetent. It is also said low self-esteem can lead to mental and physical health issues like depression, anxiety, and anorexia; as well as other unhealthy habits like smoking, alcohol abuse, and drugs.
So, how do we build our confidence? To build means to: “construct something by putting parts or materials together to increase the size, intensity, or extent of.” So, in order to build our confidence, we must put things or people in our lives that increase our potential and happiness, and not drain or discourage us. Watch out for persistent negative people and self-absorbed people. They are always right in their own opinions and do things that make them look good.
They see the world only through their eyes. They can dish out criticism but can’t take criticism! Also, don’t put yourself in situations that you know are not good, and will eventually do you harm. But think on things that make you smile, or you have fond memories of. Think on accomplishments you achieved or helped others to achieve. But one of the greatest ways of building your confidence is by meditating on the Word of God.
But don’t just plop open the Bible and read the first thing that comes to your eyes, because you may get something that discourages you (i.e. Matthew 27:5 that says Judas went out and hung himself). But specifically think on scriptures that encourage and build you up that God has promised you in His Word.
Now, here are 12 verses to help get you started! 1) Psalms 125:1: “They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth forever.” 2) Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you shall perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” 3) 2 Timothy 1:12: “For the which cause I suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.”
4) Psalms 27:1: “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation: whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” 5) I John 5:14-15: “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” 6) Isaiah 54:17: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord …”
7) Jeremiah 32:27: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?” 8) Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” 9) Romans 8:31: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” 10) Romans 8:37: “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”
11) Jeremiah 31:3: “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” 12) Hebrews 13:5: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Now, these are just a few verses to help build your confidence, you can add as many scriptures as you like. But always remember, don’t allow others and circumstances to destroy your confidence, but be determined to build yourself up by praying in tongues and meditating on good things from the Word of God. (Jude: 1:20)