How to be confident in your faith (even when you don’t know much)
John 9:25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
Knowledge is good. Knowledge is power. Knowledge opens doors. Knowledge gains respect.
We pursue knowledge from the time we are young and we encourage our children to do the same. However, there is no one who knows everything there is to know about every subject under the sun. It’s. Just. Not. Possible.
But believe me, when it comes to our faith in Jesus Christ, we can think we need to know it all to participate. Why do I say this? Consider times you’ve been asked to share a teaching or preach whether in a big church or small group.
What of times the Holy Spirit has spoken to you to share your testimony or words of encouragement with a friend, relative or colleague who is not saved. We refuse, because we think to ourselves ‘I don’t know much about my faith, I don’t know everything.’
I’m not sure where this started but I see too much hesitation in the church from women who have great gifts to teach, great testimonies and lessons to share not participating because well, they just don’t feel like they know it all, like….perhaps the Pastor. I’m also one of those women sometimes, hesitant to share what God has deposited in my heart.
But there’s hope for us. In God, there is ALWAYS HOPE. We meet a man in John 9 who admitted that he didn’t know everything when it came to Jesus, but believed and acted on what he knew.
The man was blind and Jesus healed him in John 9:6-7 but afterwards he didn’t have a chance to talk to Jesus. The Pharisees (religious leaders) come into the picture and start questioning who had healed the man on a Sabbath day, a holy day where no work was supposed to be done. In John 9:24, they even go on to call Jesus a sinner (the audacity)!
But I completely fell in love with the formerly blind man’s response:
John 9:25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: ‘that though I was blind, now I see.” In John 9:31 he shares something else he knows
30 The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! 31 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 32 Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
The former blind man didn’t know much but was confident in the few facts knew:
1) He was blind and he could now see
- His life had been transformed. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, your life has been changed. The way you see the world, your priorities, desires and goals have changed.
- God opens our eyes to see what is really important in life-HIM.
2) He knew the Pharisees didn’t know everything
- They didn’t know where Jesus came from, His ways and means of healing. His teaching had taken them by surprise despite Jesus prophecy which had come years before.
- In the same way, our own Preachers, Pastors, Bishops, Prophets don’t know it all. Yet they are confident in their faith and we can learn from them.
3) He knew that God hears worshipers
- He knew that God is pleased when we worship Him and He answers the prayers of those who humble themselves and worship Him.
4) He knew Jesus was different
- He knew that since the beginning of time no one had performed such a miracle. He knew that Jesus was not just another prophet, He was more than that. He was the Messiah, the Saviour of the world.
5) He knew he had experienced a miracle
- He had been born blind. In those days, a blind man could never see again. He had probably lost hope that he could ever see.
6) He acknowledged the Power of God
- He knew that Power belonged to God, and if you are not in God, you cannot do anything, let alone perform such a miracle
This man had one encounter with Jesus and he could boldly proclaim all this? Wow!
He hadn’t even had a conversation yet with Jesus. So my friend, you and I ought to learn from this man and resist the pressure to know it all before we can have confidence to act in faith.
How to be confident in your faith (even when you don’t know much)
1) Remember that ONLY GOD knows everything:
- Only God is omnipotent (all-knowing). Even great preachers that we admire and look up to for their wisdom and revelation don’t know everything. If they can obey with the knowledge they have, so can you.
- Don’t put yourself under unnecessary pressure to know it all before doing what God is asking of you, today.
2) Prayer and the Word
- If you have been saved, you were blind and now can see, take time to pray and study God’s word daily. Let it be a lifestyle. The more you know God’s word and his character the more confident you will become in God and His ways.
3) Share your testimony:
- The man in this chapter inspires me because he just shared what he knew. He shared his story. Sometimes what’s all we need to do.
- You will never be perfect, and you will never know everything, at least not on this side of the earth, but you can share what God has done in your life to a friend, colleague or family member. God will amaze you.
- You have received a miracle. The miracle of a saved life. Some have physical miracles, some have spiritual ones and some both. Bottom line is everyone who has had an encounter with Jesus Christ has experienced a miracle. Share that miracle, the world needs to hear it. Be confident in your faith.
4) When you are asked to pray in church or lead a Bible study, obey
- Practice your faith. Go with what you know. Pray a short prayer if that’s all you can master but don’t refuse completely.
- The more you participate in the things of God, the more you yourself are transformed. That’s why the Bible says the word of God is a double edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). It changes both the speaker and those who are listening.
5) Listen to the Holy Spirit
- That still small voice, that nudging you feel in your spirit is actually the Holy Spirit speaking in you. Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and they are sharing a challenge or struggle and God asks you to pray for them or share an encouraging verse?
- Listen to that voice. The more you obey, the more confident you become.
My Encouragement to you
The blind man not only received a physical miracle but a spiritual one as well. In contrast, the Pharisees who believed they actually knew everything continued to be blind spiritually to the move of God. You don’t have to know everything to obey God.
And believe me, God is always asking us to do something, sometimes in private sometimes in public and we don’t need to wait until we know everything to act. We can be confident in our growing faith. Our confident comes from God, not from ourselves.
Heavenly Father, I worship you today for you are the all-knowing and the all-powerful God. Thank you for saving my life. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus Christ to die for me on the Cross. My life is a miracle, a testimony of your goodness and mercy. Today, help me to be confident in my faith. I will obey when you ask me to act on my faith and will no longer wait to know it all. For l believe in You who knows it all. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Friend, is there anything the Lord is asking you to do today? Don’t wait longer, obey Him.