“Confidence in God” is an article found inside the NLT Study Bible—a fantastic resource for anyone in the earlier stages of Bible study.

God gave Nehemiah favor in the eyes of a mighty Persian king so that the king responded favorably to all of Nehemiah’s requests (1:11; 2:8, 18). Nehemiah then had the confidence to present his bold plan to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, and the people of Jerusalem responded positively, believing that God was able to give them success in rebuilding the walls (2:20) and to protect them from their enemies (4:4-5, 9).

THEY CONFIDENTLY CONTINUED IN THEIR WORK…

…in spite of opposition because they knew that God fights for his people and frustrates the plans of the wicked (4:14-15, 20). When the walls of Jerusalem were finished, Nehemiah recognized that the entire difficult project was completed only because of God’s help (6:16).

The book of Nehemiah vividly demonstrates that God is all-powerful and able to accomplish his will, both in individual lives and in nations. Nehemiah’s prayer in ch. 9 focuses on praising God for his sovereign and powerful acts: God created the heavens and earth (9:6), called Abram from Ur, and gave the land to Israel (9:7-8, 22-25). The miraculous signs in Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, and the provision of guidance, food, and water in the wilderness all demonstrate God’s power over man and nature to provide for his people (9:9-15).

The Lord had sent the Israelites into exile after generations of persistent sin (9:26-27). Now he was fulfilling part of his promise to restore them (1:8-9).

NEHEMIAH HAD THE CONFIDENCE…

…to pray and lead because he knew that everything that happened was part of God’s sovereign plan. This same confidence in God’s sovereignty led Abram to leave Ur and by faith go to an unknown land (Gen 12:1-3; Heb 11:8-10), caused Rahab to trust in God (Josh 2:9-14; Heb 11:31), and prompted Hezekiah not to give in to the demands of the Assyrian king Sennacherib (2 Kgs 18–19).

Confidence comes when people believe that God will keep his promises and complete the work he has started in their lives (Phil 1:6).

APPLICATION

Where do you lack confidence? Can you think of any promises God makes that you can rely on as a source of confidence? Share some of God’s promises that have given you confidence in the comments below.

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26 Comments

  1. Carolina Holguin Reply

    Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this:

    “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
    – Matthew 28:20 ♥

  2. I know that God saved me from addiction. It was a slow process, but when I finally gave it to God,,,He alone cured me from heron addiction Praise God !!!

    • Congrats on overcoming the addiction and Praise that you know who helped you through it. Keep the Faith.

    • Christian moehling Reply

      As is thy faith so be it unto yu.if yu can believe it and Gods promise covers it he will do it.

  3. “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.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    • Thank you I have made plans but, I am not sure if they are God’s will for me and my family. It is important to me that this happens, so surrendering the outcome is hard. I want to just trust in his sovereign pan, but I find myself bartering with him again.

      • William Morrison Reply

        Bartering is an attempt to lead. That is just the opposite of the way to peace. First you have to decide if you want peace from God, or peace from some circumstance. You’ll get more from God than you could ever get from those circumstances. Shaloam.

    • Amen Amen, what God said is true but some times i have a big fear, how can i over come the fear?

  4. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
    Phil 4:13

  5. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and has become my salvation.
    Isaiah 12:2-

  6. Chasity Weatherspoon Reply

    Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

    -Philippians 1:6

  7. 35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 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.

    Hebrew 10:35,36

  8. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
    John 1:12

  9. Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)

    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  10. I have found great comfort and confidence in passages that remind me that He who began a good work…will bring it to completion. My heart and my ways have not always been steadfast and I have stumbled. So, such reminders help me back on my feet again.
    “…who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Cor. 1: 8-9

  11. Jolanda Mekshi Reply

    Proverbs 3:5-6 ,Philipians 1:6,Isaiah 26:3
    Its amazing how God works ,this is second time that your message speaks straight to me.
    Thank you Olive Tree !

  12. Randy Hayes Reply

    And my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus . Phil. 4:19

  13. steve arveschoug Reply

    This message of God’s promisies and the very real confidence (the peace the surpasses undersatnding) we draw from God’s faithfulness, came to me at a very helpful time. Praise God and thank you all for sharing. I get so easily pulled in to worry, God’s promises are an anchor for me. Thank you!!

  14. KIRSTY SCOTT Reply

    Deuteronomy 31:8 “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

  15. God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
    …….He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.
    PSALM 46:1-2, 10

  16. Jesus is my confidence.I am being reminded each time I face trials that it is not by my might nor by my power to overcome it, but by the Spirit of the Almighty God. I shall shout grace!grace! to every great mountain and He shall make it plain for me.

  17. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of him.

    Just like Nehemiah, Hezekiah, Isaiah, the apostles, and all those who have believed to date. He keeps hearing us and we have all confidence in Him. God of all Grace.

  18. This is a very good site, I enjoyed reading all the comments…
    I get depressed now and then and reading God’s word gives me hope…. thank you all…

  19. The Sovereign Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go in the heights.

  20. The Bible says in the book of 1 Corinthians 10:13 ” No temptation has taken you but such as man can bear. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that you may be able to endure.

    On 31first December 2013 around 21h00 to 00hours my shop wich was also a house got gutted to the extent of loosing everything thing even where to sleep even business but I didn’t give up on God but trusted Him to see me through and restore me, during my darkest moment I continued believing in God but people misunderstood my stance in God for a depression saying: people should help this man with some cush is fond of saying Jesus this Jesus based on what happened to him, he is not reasoning well but made me to pray the more in April 2016 God connected me to one business partner and since then my life changed and people who once laughed at me today the are praising me. God is faithful and reliable Amen.

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