33 Powerful Bible Verses About Confidence

We live in a world that is overly focused on self-esteem and portraying confidence.  What if I told you we have this wrong as a culture?  True happiness comes from having confidence in Christ and we will see that today while exploring 33 Bible verses about confidence.

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What is God Confidence or Confidence in Christ?

Confidence is defined as, “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something.” Some synonyms of confidence are:

  • Trust
  • Belief
  • Faith
  • Certain

Confidence in this form is mentioned 45 times in the Bible.  Of those 45 Bible verses about confidence, we see a stark contrast.  When confidence was placed in self or others, things did not go so well.  However, when confidence was placed in God, the outcome was a victory.  

It seems like second nature to trust, believe in, have faith in, and feel certain about myself.  Can you relate?  The problem is, when I look back at my track record, I get it wrong and mess up 9 times out of 10.  

God confidence, or confidence in Christ, is when we place our trust in Him, believe in him, have faith in him, and feel certain about Him.  Victory comes in those times.  Breakthrough happens in those seasons.  Growth and peace are a result of confidence in Christ!


How to Build Confidence in God

As a Christian, seeking to grow in faith, I have no doubt that you agree with all of the above.  Believing that having confidence in Christ is the right way to live this Christian life is not the problem.

No, the problem is application. 

How do we practically walk in faith with Christ in a consistent way?  How do you trust Him when life is hard?  Can you believe in Him through the chaos of life?  When the storms crash into your life, how do you keep faith?  As it seems God is acting just, how do you hold to certainty about who He is?

Building Godly confidence and confidence in Christ is a process that comes when you know Him more.  How do you get to know God more? Invest in your relationship with Him outside of Sunday morning.

  1. Read the Bible
    • Read it like a love letter rather than a to-do list.
  2. Pray
    • Specifically over the areas where it’s hardest to trust God.
  3. Step out in faith
    • Even when fear threatens.
  4. Community
    • Invest in relationships with other believers doing the same.

It is also important to continually speak God’s Word into your mind and heart. I do this with powerful “I Am” Biblical Affirmations!


Examples of Confidence in the Bible

It can’t be that simple to grow in my confidence in Christ.  I can almost hear you thinking it because I have sat across from many women having this exact conversation.  Actually, it is this simple, but make no mistake it is also this difficult.  Simple is rarely easy. 

To help you see what confidence can look like let’s see some examples of confidence in the Bible heroes we all love through these Bible verses about confidence.

Bible characters who showed confidence:

  • Ruth
  • David
  • Esther
  • Paul

Ruth Showed Confidence in God

Ruth was not born an Israelite.  She was from Moab but married into a Jewish family.  The faith of this family must have been so strong because it was tested with death three times and still Ruth remained.  

Confidence in God is often grown through seasons of drought and famine.  

We see Ruth stick close to her mother-in-law Naomi and follow hard after the ways of God through trial and persecution.  She is confident in God even when there are no signs of His answering their prayers.  

She followed God’s ways, which include time meditating on the Torah and time in prayer.  Though we can’t see it in the verse, we know it from the culture of the times.  She sticks close to those also following God and we see her stepping out in faith, building Godly confidence!

Ruth’s confidence in God is rewarded greatly and you can read her story in the book after her name, Ruth.


David Showed Confidence in God

David is one of my favorite heroes of the faith who showed confidence in God when anyone else would have given up hope and turned to themselves!  What I love most about the stories of David’s life are the times we see him fall short. 

David was far from perfect but through his imperfections, we have hope that we too can be people after God’s own heart.  

The stories of David can be found in 1 Samuel 16 – 1 Kings 3, as well as the book of Psalms.  The Psalms are jam-packed with Bible verses about confidence that help us all grow in faith!

A time we see him clearly show confidence in God is when he fought Goliath in 1 Samuel 17.

In the chapters leading up to the fight, we see David as a boy who cherishes scripture and who spends great amounts of time in prayer and worship.  That time alone with God gave him the confidence to step out in faith and glorify God in victory!

In other passages, we see that David was careful to surround himself with others who believed in God.  By doing so, he ensured that his faith, trust, and confidence would grow continually.


Esther Showed Confidence in God

Esther is another of my favorite heroines of faith. We see in Esther a tragic life. 

  • Orphaned
    • We have no idea why she lives with her uncle, but it is safe to suppose she was orphaned. 
  • Abducted
    • Then with no choice, she is thrust into what must have been a degrading, contest to vie for position as queen of a land that was not her own. 
  • Arranged Marriage
    • The result was that she is forced to marry a pagan king with a bad temper and poor judgment. 
  • Hiding
    • All the while, she is living in fear that her faith and culture will be discovered and the punishment will be severe.  

To add insult to injury, there is a madman plotting the annihilation of all the Jewish people.  At first, it seems she has set her faith aside, but when her uncle confronts her it rises back to the top!

In the face of death, we see Esther knows the Word, values prayer (and fasting), and can depend on the believers in her life.  With confidence in God she steps out in faith and a whole people group is saved.  

Read her story in the book by her name, Esther.


Paul Showed Confidence in God

While there are countless Bible characters who showed confidence in God, Paul is the last I will share in this article. 

Paul had everything we value in the 21st Century; self-confidence, education, experience, reputation, and more followed him onto the road to Damascus?.  On that road, Paul came face to face with Jesus Christ and learned that all those things meant nothing and could not save his soul. 

After meeting Jesus we see Paul study scripture in a new way.  Before he had studied it like a textbook to be followed but now he is seeing it as a love letter to be cherished.  

We see that Paul becomes a man of prayer who keeps believers close to him. 

There are so many instances when we see Paul’s confidence in Christ as he steps out in faith.  My favorite is Acts 16, when Paul and Silas, after being beaten, stay up late into the night singing praises to God.  An earthquake beaks the jailbirds free but they stay to evangelize.  God rewards their faith, saves their lives, and grows the Kingdom of God!


Bible Verses About Confidence in God

We have seen how to grow in confidence in Christ, we have also seen examples of Bible characters who showed confidence in God.  Now we will look at the Bible verses about confidence in God in the Old Testament. With each instance of confidence, we see a reward to the believer.  

Afterward, we will look at confidence in Christ verses in the New Testament. Notice the strength that comes with each instance of showing confidence in The Lord!


Confidence In God Intimidates Your Enemies

Throughout these Old Testament Bible verses about confidence, we see the kingdoms of the world in awe of God of Israel.  He protected them in ways that defied human logic.  God was with His people and that came through in their confidence when they were walking in faith!

“Then Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria, “What is this confidence that you have?”

2 Kings 18:19 NASB

“When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.”

Nehemiah 6:16 NASB

Make no mistake, God still protects His people and moves in illogical but beautiful ways.  We can walk in that same confidence in the midst of our enemies!


Confidence in God gives You Strength

The Lord gives us strength when we follow Him and His ways.  That strength can get us through the harshest trials, like Job.  That strength can see us through tests and hardships of all sorts.  It is ours to claim, so don’t walk in fear!

“Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?”

Job 4:6 NASB

“When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence, and the humble person He will save.”

Job 22:29 NASB

“For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.”

Proverbs 3:26 NASB

Confidence in God Lets You Hope

We are not alone in this life, wandering around hopelessly.  No, we are children of the King of kings, who have access to all the blessings in the heavenly places.  We are not alone.  He is with us, sheltering us, giving us hope.  

“For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth.”

Psalm 71:5 NASB

“In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and his children will have refuge.”

Proverbs 14:26 NASB

“The work of righteousness will be peace, and the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.”

Isaiah 32:17 NASB

We need only fear Him, love Him, and walk with Him daily to bask in that hope.


Remember God’s Faithfulness to Stay Confident

Walking with God daily, claiming His strength, and fearing Him bring confidence only when we stop to remember what He has done.  God has been faithful in the past and will continue to be faithful to the end of the age. 

“That they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments.”

Psalm 78:7 NASB

Spend time remembering and praising Him for his faithfulness to grow in confidence!


Bible Verses About Confidence in Christ

“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.”

Hebrews 10:35 NASB

Not only do we walk with God and have confidence in Him, but we also have confidence in Christ.  It may feel like repetition, but I believe it is important to acknowledge all parts of the Godhead.  

These Bible verses about confidence show us that there is power that comes when we walk in confidence in God.  It also shows rewards or blessings that come when we walk in confidence in Christ. 


Confidence to Preach Boldly

“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.”

Acts 4:13 NASB

“And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence”

Acts 4:29 NASB

We see countless examples of everyday men and women sharing the gospel with power.  Confidence in Christ opens doors and gives us boldness to share the Good News!


Confidence To Grow Spiritually

One of the things that I find so endearing about God is that He isn’t all about keeping score.  It’s not like this life is Him against the devil with tally marks on some cosmic scoreboard. 

“This is the very thing I wrote you so that when I came, I would not have sorrow from those who ought to make me rejoice; having confidence in you all that my joy would be the joy of you all.” 

2 Corinthians 2:3 NASB

One of the things that I find so endearing about God is that He isn’t all about keeping score.  It’s not like this life is Him against the devil with tally marks on some cosmic scoreboard. 

“Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.”

2 Corinthians 2:4 NASB

God is relational.  He made a way to restore the relationship we destroyed (thanks devil) and then He takes painstaking efforts to nurture it and grow it! 

“Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.”

2 Corinthians 7:4 NASB

When we are seeking Him, walking with Him daily, He builds that confidence in Christ that grows us spiritually!   


Confidence To Continue in Obedience

“We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command.”

2 Thessalonians 3:4 NASB

Here again, we see God at work in us, when we are walking with Him, to help us obey His commands. Not just Christ’s commands though, but also His will for our lives.  

“Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.”

Philemon 1:21 NASB

“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God”

1 John 3:21 NASB

This kind of obedience that comes with confidence in Christ is about stepping out in faith to do what seems impossible.  When you hear God calling you to a new job, a new city, a new ministry, and you obey because you remember He has been faithful before.  Put your confidence in God, not man in these situations!  That is confidence in Christ.  

Confidence in Christ helps us let go and let God*!


Confidence to Pray with Boldness

Confidence in Christ allows us to pray powerful prayers.  Because we know He cares about us and what we care about we can come boldly before Him and ask anything, talk through anything, confess anything.  

“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Hebrews 4:16 NASB

“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus”

Hebrews 10:19 NASB

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

1 John 5:14 NASB

Prayer builds the relationship in strategic ways and is our most powerful tool in spiritual warfare!  Don’t neglect it!!!!!!

Related: How to Fast and Pray In A Way that Pleases God


Confidence To Expect Jesus Return

“Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.”

1 John 2:28 NASB

“By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.”

1 John 4:17 NASB

As hard as life can get, confidence in Christ helps us keep walking day by day knowing that this world is not our home.  There will be a day when Christ returns and takes us home to glory.  Earth’s finest can’t compare to the paradise that awaits those who have been faithful to God!


Bible Verses About Self-Confidence

“for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh”

Philipians 3:3 NASB

There are two schools of thought about self-confidence. 

  1. Being confident in myself, depending on myself, relying on myself.
  2. Being confident in Christ in me, depending on him to work through me.

The problem I’ve seen in life, and this is just my experience, is that even when I think I am living the second way, I can easily slip into the first and mess it all up.  Can you relate?

It is better to put your confidence in God than yourself, let’s see why.


When Self Confidence is Bad

When I trust myself in situations and forget to start with prayer and Bible study about an issue, I get into a mess quickly.  

“And it will never again be the confidence of the house of Israel, bringing to mind the iniquity of their having turned to Egypt. Then they will know that I am the Lord GOD.’”

Ezekiel 29:16 NASB

“Whose confidence is fragile, and whose trust a a spider’s web.”

Job 8:14 NASB

Add to that, if I am out of the habit of daily Bible study, and spending too much time listening to the world’s way of doing things I get into that mess more quickly!

Self-confidence without lots of time in prayer and the Word is just a recipe for disaster.


When Self Confidence is Good

If, however, I am prayed up, read up, humbled down, and surrounded by godly people to hold me accountable, that confidence looks different. 

“For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.”

2 Corinthians 1:12 NASB

There are times we have to act quickly, we don’t have days to pray over a situation.  When the things I mentioned above are right in my life, I feel that confidence in Christ shines as I boldly make decisions.

There is a fine line to walk here.  I would rather be confident in God than have self-confidence.  But if that self-confidence is rooted in a deep walk with Christ in humility and wisdom, it can be a good thing.  


Bible Verses for Low Self-Esteem

“Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot, is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.”

Proverbs 25:19 NASB

When I think of low self-esteem, fear comes to mind.  Fear of failure, fear of being found out, fear of missing out.  It makes me feel like a faithless person in a storm.  

Fear is normal in life, but fear should not dictate faith.  Even in the face of great fear and anxiety, we can still step out in faith and walk in the confidence of Christ.  

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 NASB

Related: 13 Bible Verses About Fear Not To Claim To Be Still


Will You Walk in the Confidence in Christ?

These 33 Bible verses about confidence in Christ have clearly shown us how to grow in confidence and the benefits of that growth.  Will you choose to walk this way today?  It is easiest to conquer when you make one small change at a time.  Which of the steps to grow will you tackle today to start growing your confidence in Christ?

  1. Read the Bible
  2. Pray
    • A prayer journal can help you grow this discipline.
  3. Step out in faith
  4. Community
    • Are your closest friendships mostly believers?  

Related: What Does the Bible Say About Community

By choosing to grow in this confidence you will see powerful things come into your life.  A growing, thriving relationship with God and boldness like you never imagined!  

I challenge you to take the next step today!

in HIM, Tiffany

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