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9 October 2023 ‘Those who trust in the Lord…cannot be shaken.’ Psalm 125:1 NIV

People are naturally attracted to leaders who have a sense of poise and self-assurance; they won’t follow someone who lacks self-confidence. A powerful illustration of this is an incident that happened many years ago during an attempt to overthrow the government in Russia. Army tanks surrounded the government building that held President Boris Yeltsin and his pro-democracy supporters. As the army moved into position, Yeltsin marched out of the building, climbed up on a tank, stared the commander in the eye, and thanked him for turning to the side of democracy. Later the commander admitted that although he hadn’t intended to go over to Yeltsin’s side, the Russian leader appeared so confident, the soldiers decided to join him. Powerful people demonstrate confidence regardless of circumstances. But true confidence doesn’t come from having the approval of people around you, or knowing you won’t be challenged by anyone. The Bible says, ‘The Lord will be your confidence’ (Proverbs 3:26 NKJV); it’s about knowing He has called you and equipped you to do the job. Paul wrote, ‘We feel certain before God…It is God who makes us able to do all that we do’ (2 Corinthians 3:4-5 NCV). Even though others may not believe in you, knowing God believes in you enables you to believe in yourself. David wrote, ‘Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield around me…the One who lifts my head high’ (Psalm 3:2-3 NIV). A confident leader can say to their supporters, ‘I have confidence in the God who called me. I have confidence in you. I believe that together we can accomplish what God wants us to do.’


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