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Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 5:37:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -
Recently I participated in a "Heaven in Business" conference where I spoke on "The Presence of God in the Marketplace." God's presence was tangible as I spoke and I received positive feedback far beyond anything I had received before. As I reflected on my experience the next day my initial thought was that this will certainly increase my self-confidence for future speaking engagements. It didn't take long for the Holy Spirit to remind me that more importantly this experience had increased my "Son-confidence."

Though a certain level of self-confidence is necessary, it must be grounded on "Son-confidence." Hundreds if not thousands of books have been written on self-confidence. Because of the initial fall of man this is an issue we all struggle with. Insecurity is an ongoing struggle for me as it is for most people. My education, giftedness and experiences are not enough to live out the adventure God has before me but sometimes I still make the mistake of letting them be my foundation rather than Jesus. Just as significantly they quickly become the key source of my confidence in the future.

But what happens when I am called to speak or serve in some capacity during a time of lower self-confidence, or physical weakness? If my confidence is in my own ability I am in deep trouble, but if my confidence is in Jesus He can use the situation even in the midst of my struggles.

We are called to live by faith, faith in Jesus, not in our own ability. The best definition of faith I have come across is from Colossians 1:4 in the Amplified Bible:

"For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom and goodness...]"

Leaning speaks to me of standing beside a wall, placing your hand on the wall, and then moving your feet as far out from the wall as you can. If the wall then moves you fall. Jesus, the Son, is the wall we are to lean on; He doesn't move. If the wall represents my own abilities it will move at times and then I am in trouble.

Bottom line: self confidence is important but if our life is built on our self confidence our foundation is being built on sand and not rock. Interestingly enough, "Son-confidence" actually builds self-confidence, but not the other way around.

Hi Doug, I don't usually leave comments, but I just had to here. I love the term 'Son-confidence' because He is the only One that will not move, shift, or shake. Our own gifts and abilities are not that solid, and they can not be relied upon. The imagery of 'leaning on the wall' is one that will stay with me. Thank-you for this good word.
Kim Crozier @ 10:41:00 AM 10/6/2011
Thank you Doug this really spoke to my heart and to my current circumstances. I appreciate your transparency and honesty. When it your book coming out? You have a lot to say that many of us need to hear! And I am serious Brother! Blessings, Brenda
Brenda Dowdin @ 9:42:00 AM 10/13/2011

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