Bible Verses for God-Confidence Instead of Just Self-Confidence
For too many years I looked to the Bible in the wrong places. I looked for verses on confidence to help me feel better about myself. And I found some good ones. But when I looked for Bible verses for deep, unshakeable confidence, instead of just self-confidence, everything changed. I like to call this “God-confidence.”
In the world of personal development, confidence is often self-focused and self-based. In concept, this works, but in practice, it leaves one dependent and enslaved to a never-ending report card in life.
When confidence is self-based instead of God-based it becomes vulnerable. For example, typically, when you are achieving well, pushing past your comfort zone, mastering your habits and making healthy choices, it makes sense that your confidence will shine. But when those habits falter, or life throws an unexpected curveball, the confidence of self is quite likely to plummet. It doesn’t have to though, not if your self-confidence is partnered with God-confidence.
These Bible verses I share in this post will help you partner your self-confidence with your God-confidence.
An avid student of personal development, I went about confidence all wrong for almost a decade. I built my self-confidence based on myself, and my own merit. It is an easy mistake to make, especially considering that self-confidence has the word “self” in it. My theory, much like many theories in the personal development world, was that if I achieved things and improved my life through my own self-management, then I could be confident in who I was becoming.
I had set myself up for a fatal failing. You see, confidence is not sustainable when it is solely dependant upon what we do. Real confidence is birthed when we have self-assurance not in what we do, but in who we are.
Confidence is born from identity. Without knowing who you are or why you are loved, any efforts to train your confidence will end up being futile. And, quite simply, it is impossible to really know who you are without knowing the Creator who made you.
So, Can You Train Confidence? And Both Types?
Confidence is a muscle. It is a mental muscle that can be worked and trained, however, it is also a spiritual muscle that grows through submission and seeking. You can train both types.
You will find boundless resources on my site for training your mind for more confidence. You can get some of my best resources here. This article is meant to help you have a baseline resource for your spiritual confidence growth. If you haven’t already read our popular post on How to Have More Confidence in Your Relationship with God, you can find it here. You’ll also want to check out The Best Worship Songs to Encourage Your Heart.
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15 Bible Verses to Help Your Confidence Grow
Below are 15 Bible verses for confidence to deepen the growth in your God-confidence. Never forget, through the blood of Jesus Christ we can enter into sonship in the kingdom of God. That is, as Christ-followers, we become children of God. These verses will help you deepen your confidence roots in this powerful identity: the identity of being child of God.
And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.
This verse reminds us that when we pray, God hears us. Knowing that the God who created the heavens and the earth and everything in our universe cares enough about us to listen to our whispers is a pretty powerful thought. You capture the heart of God, and He wants to hear your voice. Your voice matters to Him.
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.
This verse is uniquely reassuring for any of us who struggle with anxiety over whether or not we can continue walking with faith and confidence in the Lord. Notice the words, “who is able to keep you from falling away.” God isn’t just omniscient, all-powerful and righteous, He is also detail-oriented and focused on our lives and our walk with Him. This verse gives us confidence for His faithfulness and His ability to keep us close to Him that we might walk in “great joy.”
“He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people.
We can truly walk through life with total confidence when we know fully that God has our back. We are promised many troubles in life, and being a Christian doesn’t protect us from challenges. This verse reminds us that even when we look at a mountain before us, or an army that stands against us, that we are not alone. We do not have to fight our battles alone, for God will help us and He fights our battles for us. Your battle might be sickness, depression, anxiety, overwhelm, fear, strife, or oppression, whatever the battle, you have God on your side.
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
The privilege to be able to go before the Lord is a right that should give us great confidence. If we are accepted and loved by the God of all things, then we really have nothing to fear about our acceptance or place in the world. If you notice in this verse we are more than welcome in God’s presence, we are invited to come before Him with boldness and confidence, as a child would in the company of their parents.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
There are few verses that reassure my confidence and faith as much as this one. Paul, the writer, speaks with certainty. He is convinced that God will finish what He starts within our hearts. It’s easy to be impatient in the Christian walk, to want instant transformation and breakthroughs, but there is a development stage that God uses in our lives to refine us and prepare us. We do not have to lose heart or feel overwhelmed at how far we have yet to go, for this verse reminds us that all is done in God’s perfect timing and God won’t give up on us.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
As Christians we have a secret weapon: we don’t have to do life on our own. We have the strength of Jesus Christ within us, and because of that, because of the Holy Spirit living inside our hearts, we are truly able to do all things. The same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead and gave Him the power to perform miracles is the same Holy Spirit that lives within us. When we realize that we don’t have to rely on our own strength, then our confidence can become unshakeable, for with God on your team, you will always be on the winning team. Though your heart may waver and your energy will fail you, God will renew you, restore you and empower you.
For the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
When we know we are safe we are naturally more comfortable and at peace, which is very nature of confidence. This verse reminds us that God is our security and refuge, and we, therefore, have nothing to fear. Though uncertainty awaits us with every corner of life, we can be confident in the fact that God will keep us from stumbling. This proverb also reminds us that we are never going to be overwhelmed or trapped, and so we need not fear the unexpected, for God will keep us safe and sure-footed.
Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.
Ever cheer for a winning team when they’re down? When you cheer and know that ultimately they will win, you cheer with confidence, undisturbed or anxious about what the current state of the game looks like. You have confidence in your team to win, and that belief makes the game fun to watch unfold. It is the same in life. When you play on God’s team, you are on the winning team. As this verse tells us, we can boast in the name of the Lord our God because He is victorious in all things. When you walk with God you can boast in your wins to come, not because you are capable, but rather because you God is capable.
You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you, O God, are my fortress. In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me. He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.
Love is the core of confidence. When you know you are loved, and you fully believe it and feel secure in it, then you will walk with confidence in all things. This verse reminds us that God has an unfailing and victorious love for us. His love is so big that it creates a fortress around us. Though we may feel small in life sometimes, our God, who is bigger than big, will always stand with us. He stands with us not because He has to, but because He wants to because He loves us.
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
It’s one thing to know that God loves you, but it’s another to know that He is a good God. He is a good Father. And when someone is good, they are worthy of trust. Because of the nature of God – because of His faithfulness, His promises and His trustworthiness – we can walk with a confident trust in the Lord. As this verse points us, it is up to us to hold onto our confident trust, or to throw it away. This indicates that we will have times in life when we want to doubt and want to know more of the plan, but we have to lean in and choose confident trust.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity but of power, love, and self-discipline.
This verse is a powerhouse for building confidence. It reminds us that the Holy Spirit that lives inside of us as Christians takes away all things that lack confidence, namely, fear and timidity. As a believer, your spirit of playing small, being anxious or living with fear are wiped away. They are simply not part of your nature anymore. Instead, your insecurity is replaced with a divine spirit of power, love and self-discipline. So, if sometimes you feel unworthy of the confidence that you feel bursting within, know that it is not of your worth, but of the worth of Jesus Christ through you that gives you such confidence.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
When our future feels uncertain or the path unclear, the voices of insecurity and self-doubt can feel pretty loud. This verse encourages us to remember that we don’t have to walk with any lack of confidence. Instead, by trusting in the Lord with our most sincere measure of faith, we do not need to depend upon ourselves. We get the privilege of depending upon God, the most perfect Being. His plan for you is perfect and perfectly timed. Knowing this will fuel you with confidence to enjoy the journey you are walking rather than obsessing about getting to the destination.
This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord you God is with you wherever you go.
I love Bible verses that are commandments. For me, they take the ambivalence out of it. This verse is not a suggestion, it is a directive. God tells us here to be strong and courageous. He tells us that we have no need to be afraid or discouraged, and He reassures us that wherever we go, there He will go too. We can walk in full confidence and peace that God is present with us, no matter where we go. We get to release any anxiety about the future because we know that we will never be alone or forsaken. Finally, the more we grow in courage, the more our confidence will grow as well, as confidence and courage are parallel forces of growth that work together and feed off one another.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
We each will have battles in our lives that feel too big for us. There are giants to face and sicknesses to fight. Relationships to restore and habits that need healing. This verse reminds us that no matter what we are facing, we need not be discouraged. In fact, we are commanded not to be discouraged. God gives us permission here to not be afraid and to let Him take on our full burdens. He will give us everything we need and will help us, we need not waste another moment or breath worrying.
The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.
This final verse is one of my favorites. This is a verse for anyone looking to increase their confidence, especially their God-confidence. In it, Solomon assigns us with having the right to boldness. But more than just having the right to be bold, he claims that we are bold. For those who are godly, that is, who pursue a righteous life after God’s heart, boldness is part of their identity. There is nothing that you can’t with boldness in your heart. Boldness is the secret sauce that activates confidence – it is what motivates faith in action and gives us the courage to confidently pursue our callings.
Applying These Bible Verses for Confidence In Real Life
Do whatever it takes to engrain these on your heart. Write them down. Study them. Memorize them. Review them. Talk to God about them. The more time you spend with these promises, the more yours they will become.
The lie of the world is that we can achieve our own sense of confidence in ourselves through achievement or admiration. And while we are certainly wired to pursue excellence, if that is the only thing we pursue, we will be left feeling empty after the initial glory fades.
My hope for you is to have both self-confidence and God-confidence. If our confidence is foundationally based on what we do and where we fit into the world, instead of based on who we are as a child of God, then it will crumble.
You can build solid confidence by building your confidence upon your identity, not your achievements. God is not after what you can accomplish, He is after your heart. In the same way, strong confidence starts in the heart.
I pray that you use these Bible verses for confidence to create your confidence foundation. Building off these verses, I encourage you to journal, pray, worship, praise, and seek the Lord. Put them into your heart and make them yours. As you do, may your heart widen in its understanding of God’s love for you.
Be encouraged: each day that we grow in love is a day that we grow in confidence too. Love guides everything, especially confidence. God is faithful. As you seek Him in this area of your life, He will speak and guide you, so trust Him and where He leads. May you walk in a love, boldness, and confidence that is refreshed daily for all the days of your life.
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