Confidence is only as strong and what you place it in. You are to place no confidence in your flesh, because it has no eternal value, Philippians 3:3. Any confidence in the flesh will lead to death. You must have all your confidence in eternal things, always, “looking to Me the author and finisher of your faith; who for the joy that was set before Me, endured the cross, despised the shame, and sat down at the right hand of My Father’s throne,”Hebrews 12:2.
However this is only part of the confidence. You must also have confidence in your ability to hear what My Spirit is saying. If you are always second guessing what He is saying, your forward motion will be extremely slow. This is why so many believers are double minded. They move on the voice of their emotion rather than My Spirit’s voice. It is just as important to have confidence in a tool as it is your ability to operate the tool. You can have confidence in a bulldozer but do you have confidence in your ability to operate it?
You can have great confidence in Me, but have a fear driven need to run to someone else, for a word from heaven. These words then need a second and third confirmation to assure you of their accuracy. “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established,” 2 Corinthians 13:1.
If you do not have confidence in your ability to hear My voice, you will be sure to eventually follow a stranger, instead of fleeing from him: the voice of a stranger is heard in the soul but is not recognized by your spirit, John 10:5.
Only you who are allowing My word to divide between your soul and spirit are in a safe place and can say, a strangers voice, I will not follow. Your soul is always operating according to your emotions but your spirit operates according to My Spirit. If you cannot separate them you will be like a wave in the sea driven by the winds, James 1:6.
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle(1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with tv and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.|