How to Be a Confident Person! by David Cawston

How to Be a Confident Person!
David Cawston
Nehemiah 2:1-20

More than passion is needed in your life.
Passion is essential but passion is a feeling and feelings don't change things.
It is people that put that passion into action that changes things.
To do that faith is necessary!
Heb 11:1
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.(NKJ)

Faith is substance! It is the embryo.
"substance" = real confidence

Germination of substance is in feeling or seeing the need (passion) and connecting that passion with God's commands or His promises.
Dwight L. Moody discovered in the last century something we need to discover today: that faith comes from seeking the Lord. Moody wrote: "I prayed for faith and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lighting. But faith did not seem to come. I remembered, 'Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.' I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study and my faith has been growing ever since."

Nehemiah recognized that he need more than just a passion!
He needed passion tied together with God's word or promise!

There are many people that feel passionate about things but never do anything about them.
The passion led him to wait before God!
Nehemiah had prayed
Neh 1:4
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.(NIV)

His praying birthed in him a living faith which was real confidence!
Faith is not blind to evil or unacquainted with fear; but it is "fear that has said its prayers."

It is that connection that causes the germination of faith!
James 2:26
26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Living faith grows, it demands action!
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