SCRIPTURE REFERENCES: Numbers 13:30 – 33, Act 1:8, Heb. 13:6, Philippians 1:6
Self-confidence, an inner belief in one’s abilities and worth is a pivotal force that has the potential to transform not only individual lives but also the world around us. Unleashing self-confidence in an unleashed people of God suggests the idea of empowering God’s people who are already connected to a higher power (God) with self-confidence to bring about transformation in their surroundings. It implies that when such people have a strong belief in themselves and their abilities, they can make a significant impact on their world. The people of God, when unleashed, are connected to God and have the potential to bring about transformation. Being unleashed means they are set free from limitations and barriers, and when equipped with self-confidence, they can transform their world with ease.
Drawing inspiration from the biblical passage, Caleb displayed great self-confidence in Numbers 13:30-33. Despite facing opposition and having to confront giants in the land of Canaan, he remained steadfast and resolute in his belief that they could conquer the land. His unwavering faith in himself and in God’s promise gave him the courage to stand tall and face their challenges head-on. He had in focus the task and the promise of God for them, regardless of the bad report spread across the Israelites by the men who had gone up with him. The transformation of the world comes with its own opposition and push-backs, but the unleashed people ought to stand head-on to push back the push-backs. God might have promised us the power and will to transform our world, but He demands our self-confidence for actualization. There are some people possessing the power and the grace of God on their lives but lack self-confidence. “The coming of the Holy Spirit in one’s life is accompanied by God’s power for works, but the moves depend on self-confidence (Act 1:8). We found this from Peter’s actions on the day of Pentecost. We can as well say with Confidence: The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? (Heb. 13:6). The transformation of the world can be made possible when the unleashed people of God realize their inner strengths and abilities.
THE NEED TO UNLEASH SELF-CONFIDENCE IN THE PEOPLE OF GOD
Do you think self-confidence can impact the abilities of the unleashed people of God to bring about transformation in their world? Yes, it plays a crucial role in their ability to bring about the transformation we are aiming at, for we can do all things through Christ who strengthens them (Philippians 4:13).
In Numbers 13:30-33, we see the mention of two groups of people that God through Moses unleashed them to explore the land of Canaan: The Caleb group and the Caleb escorts group of unleashed people.
THE CALEB GROUP OF UNLEASHED PEOPLE
The Caleb group consisted of Caleb and Joshua, who were among the twelve spies sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan. They were known for their self-confidence and faith in God’s promises. Despite the majority of the spies giving a negative report about the land, Caleb and Joshua remained confident in God’s ability to give them victory. This group of people is what we look forward to seeing in the current generation of the unleashed people of God. A people who are ready and energetic to make a positive difference, filled with power in action, and always move with the avowal “We can certainly do it” as in the case of Caleb and Joshua. They are bold and fearless.
THE CALEB ESCORT GROUP OF UNLEASHED PEOPLE
The Caleb escorts group, on the other hand, refers to the rest of the spies who gave a discouraging report. They lacked the same self-confidence as Caleb and Joshua and allowed fear and doubt to cloud their judgment. This lack of self-confidence led to a negative outlook on the situation and caused the Israelites to lose faith in God’s promises.
Despite being spiritual or unleashed with God’s direction, it is another thing to have belief in oneself and one’s abilities. Caleb and Joshua’s self-confidence allowed them to see the potential for success, even in the face of challenges. On the other hand, the lack of self-confidence among the other spies hindered their ability to see beyond their fears and limitations.
THE IMPACTS OF SELF-CONFIDENCE ON THE CALEB GROUP OF UNLEASHED PEOPLE
- Taking Initiative
- Overcoming Challenges
- Inspiring Others
- Effective Communication
- Building Relationships
WHEN SELF-CONFIDENCE MEETS SPIRITUALITY; THE CALEB GROUP OF UNLEASHED PEOPLE OF GOD
Self-confidence can have a significant impact on spirituality, as it involves having faith in oneself and in a higher power. In the story of Caleb and Joshua in Numbers 13:30-33, their self-confidence played a crucial role in their spiritual journey.
Caleb and Joshua teach us that self-confidence, when grounded in faith and a higher purpose, can strengthen our spirituality. It enables us to trust in God’s plan for our lives and have the courage to face challenges and pursue our spiritual journey. It reminds us that with belief in ourselves and in a higher power, we can overcome obstacles and fulfill our spiritual potential.
Throughout the Bible, we find numerous examples of individuals who transformed their world through their self-confidence. One such character is David, who, despite being a young shepherd, defeated the giant Goliath with nothing but a sling and a stone. His unwavering belief in his abilities and trust in God’s guidance enabled him to achieve the impossible.
Another example is Esther, who displayed immense self-confidence by risking her life to approach the king and save her people from destruction. Despite the potential consequences, she believed that she had a purpose and that her actions would make a difference. Through her courage and self-assuredness, she transformed the fate of an entire nation.
Possessing self-confidence cannot be overstated. It allows individuals to overcome self-doubt, take risks, and pursue their dreams. Self-confidence breeds resilience and perseverance, enabling individuals to bounce back from failures and setbacks. It empowers people to step outside their comfort zones, embrace challenges, and unleash their full potential.
In addition to its impact on individuals, self-confidence plays a significant role in societal and global transformations. When individuals believe in themselves, they are more likely to take initiative, lead, and inspire others. Self-confidence fosters innovation and creativity, as individuals are willing to explore new ideas and take calculated risks. This, in turn, leads to progress and positive change in various aspects of society.
Self-confidence is a pivotal force that has the potential to transform our world. By understanding its meaning and strength, and by drawing inspiration from biblical characters who displayed remarkable self-confidence, we can realize the importance of possessing this attribute in our own lives. Let us strive to embrace self-confidence, overcome our fears and insecurities, and become catalysts for positive change in our world. Let’s position ourselves among the Caleb group of unleashed people of God, for we can certainly do it.
Written by Elder Confidence Assan (Nyamenle Kwagyina District, Axim Area)