Godfidence by Patrice Tsague

by Patrice Tsague

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4:13

I know, you are wondering what the word “Godfidence” means. It is a word that I made up by the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is the best word I have found to express what I want to share with you. As entrepreneurs and marketplace ministers we are very familiar with the importance of having confidence. Confidence is described by the Google dictionary as assurance: freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities. All successful people credit their successes to having confidence in themselves. The problem with confidence is that it cultivates pride and promotes a reliance on one’s own strengths and abilities.

I have never met a successful person who does not have doubts at times or who always believes in him/herself. The reality is that everyone has doubts and fears from time to time. The difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is the ability to overcome doubt and fear and achieve the goals that are before them. The critical difference between the Biblical Entrepreneur and the secular entrepreneur is the Biblical Entrepreneur’s ability to achieve his or her goals without generating internal pride and arrogance. Therein lies the need for another word that best expresses a biblical worldview.

Godfidence is a complete reliance and trust in God’s ability to achieve the mission and goals that are set before you. It is a sole dependence on God’s power and strength. It is an assurance that God is able in spite of your inability. It is an overwhelming assurance that you can because God can. Simply put, it is confidence in God and God alone. This type of confidence is not void of doubts and fears, nor does it require that you have it ‘all together.’

Godfidence can exist in the midst of uncertainties, personal limitations and difficult circumstances. In fact, Godfidence is always found in situations where your own strength is limited. How do you know whether you are confident or Godfident? Here is a comparison:

Confidence

  • Relies on one’s own ability
  • Is naturally qualified
  • Boasts the perfect situation
  • Generates pride and arrogance
  • Takes the credit

Godfidence

  • Relies on God’s ability
  • Is unqualified
  • Overcomes difficult circumstances
  • Generates humility and compassion
  • Gives God the glory

Scripture is full of Godfident people. David could not be confident since he was but a shepherd boy who was not trained in the military. Through his Godfidence, he was able to withstand and defeat Goliath.

In the fight to save Israel from the Midianites, Gideon was going to use the maximum number of people possible – this would assure him the win since he lacked confidence in himself. God knew that if he should win with such a large army, he and Israel would take credit for the victory. Therefore, He told Gideon to reduce his army to 300 people and He would give them the victory. Gideon and his army were able to achieve victory over the Midianites. God made sure that Gideon did not rely on confidence, but on Godfidence.

Another example of Godfidence is the Apostle Paul who was a very confident leader among the Pharisees. He met all of the qualifications of a good, religious Jew: circumcised, from the tribe of Benjamin, zealous, blameless in the law, and trained by the best teachers. Once He met Jesus on the road to Damascus he was transformed from someone with confidence to someone having Godfidence. To ensure that he would not have confidence in self, God gave him a thorn in his flesh. This thorn was so painful that Paul pleaded with God to remove it so he could be more effective in his ministry, but God reminded him that His grace is sufficient. In spite of the thorn, Paul could do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens him.

What type of “-fidence” do you have, confidence or Godfidence? Like David, you may feel like you are a mere shepherd boy and lack the professional expertise to do what God is requiring of you. Or, like Gideon, that you may not have the resources to accomplish the vision that God has given you. You may have a thorn in your flesh like Paul, and feel as though you cannot accomplish the vision unless the thorn is removed. Whatever your circumstance, remember God is able. Confidence is dangerous – it can kill you. You truly can “do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” God calls us to complete and total trust in His ability. All you need is Godfidence!

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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4 Responses to Godfidence by Patrice Tsague

  1. Esther says:

    Hey God just told me this word today. Godfidence and I never heard it before or atleast I don’t remember. So maybe it was a way of leading me to google ur post here. That is a cool word and I was looking for a word to keep to embody the spirit of humility. I have struggled w my confidence and been so afraid to step out bc of pride of looking bad or saying the wrong things! When I have Godfidence I can be at peace rest assured He is taking care of me and with give me the strength rather than depending on myself. We r studying humility in our Sm group and the funny thing about being truly humble is that sometimes in that people think or see u as the reverse. Proud. But w Godfidence your heart can be clean and ignore peoples dirty looks or slanderous words. 😉

    • Esther,
      I’m excited that this post was ready for you when God planted that word in your heart. He is always right on time. I pray God’s favor and blessings for you. Remember, He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly far beyond all that you can ask think or imagine according to His power that’s at work within you (Ephesians 3:20).

      Sincerely,
      Paul Wilson, Jr

  2. Esther says:

    This article is so good and gives me goose bumps! I think God lead to this! Interesting!
    I’ve been waiting for Him to do something with me as sometimes I feel Im just sitting around on the side lines!

  3. senthamil says:

    this is a true message. if only i had godfidence four years ago, my life would have been much more better. since ,i depended too much on my understanding, i am suffering now. i warn and advice everyone to be godfident so that GOD can do miracles in YOUR life. my problem still is i depend too much on my understanding than GOD S guidance. whoever,read this please pray for me so that i am GODfident.

    LORD,
    YOU are the potter.
    i am the clay.
    mould me and make me.
    that is what i pray.

    thank YOU,LORD. let GOD bless you all.thank you.

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