Dr. Ivan Joseph shares how the skill of self confidence is more valuable in process of success and what he looks for in soccer players. He shares ways to build self confidence in those you mentor, coach, or parent.
He defines self confidence as “the ability to believe in yourself to accomplish any task no matter the odds, no matter the difficulty, and no matter the adversity.” He shares valuable tips on how keep your self confidence up as well.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 KJV
Faith must be activated before its evidence can be seen. The woman who had an issue of blood for many years had enough faith to believe that if she could only touch the hem of Jesus’ garment she could gain her healing. She did not need him to acknowledge her or lay hands on her. She just needed a touch.
I recently experienced a similar situation. Not for myself but for a friend who has been sick for many months and suffered several setbacks. My friend is in another state and I have not been able to visit in person. I have been praying and fasting on their behalf. But I strongly believed in my heart and spirit that if I could only transfer the spirit of healing with a touch that it would make such a difference.
I know that God gave us the power to cast out demons and heal through the power of the Holy Spirit. But it doesn’t work if you don’t believe. Just like in Matthew 17 when the disciples tried to cast out a demon from a little boy and could not. Jesus came in spoke to the demon and it fled. When the disciples asked why they could not do it, Jesus told them that their lack of faith is what prevented them from casting out the demon.
I have never experienced this level of faith before, where I was willing to risk it all just to believe that He can! But I do! I have taken several steps in the past month on faith. I applied for a place to live for my family and the people I talk to about it ask me, “How are you going to do that?” My reply is “by faith!” I mean it because I don’t have anything else.
I know that I am moving and by faith I started packing over the weekend. I packed up three boxes. I also believe by faith that my friend is healed. I, like the woman with the issue, believed that if I were only able to touch my friend with the power of love and the Holy spirit that it would activate God’s healing power. So that is what I did and it is done.
Now I wait in expectation for the evidence of faith knowing it is already done.
Wow is all I can say. Fasting is a real experience. By shutting out the distractions and noise of the flesh you open your spirit up to see things that you would normally miss.
I do have a testimony, I have experienced favor already. I am looking for a new place to live and was turned down at the first place. I was not upset because it was not for me. Well God directed me to another community, I made an appointment but was unable to keep it. When I called to reschedule they offered to waive my application fee and to give me a preliminary answer the same day. Praise God for favor.
This past Sunday we ended the first week of the fast by bringing our bills to church for them to be prayed over. I put a copy of my credit report on that alter and when I watched them scoop everything up off the alter, after prayer, I could feel that debt being lifted off of me. All the debts on my report are old debts from that old life. Then the word ushered in confirmation of my new life of peace and prosperity.
I am so excited because things are moving and although everything has not fully manifested they are visible to me. This was evidenced by a dream I had last night where everything was complete. Nothing missing, nothing broken, wholeness, prosperity and peace.
I am a member of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore Maryland. We have done several corporate fasts all of which produced some remarkable spiritual results. I documented my journey during one of our 21-day fasts a few years ago in my personal journal. But this time I decided to share my journey with you.
I was a little confused over the weekend because my schedule is absolutely crazy right now. So Sunday I woke up and was ready to eat a good breakfast (my favorite is pancakes) but I suddenly remembered the fast. I got ready to observe, I did not have pancakes and I also gave up my coffee. Only to learn after church that the fast was set to begin on Monday. Go figure! It was ok though because I got myself prepared for it a day early.
So the morning of the fast is here and I am ready mentally and spiritually. Pastor gave us several options on how to fast even the option to fast from electronics (I did not choose that one). I decided upon a Daniel’s fast, which means I only eat fruits,vegetables, water and juice. I have successfully done this fast in the past but yesterday my body responded quite differently. By the time I got home I was weak and had a headache. I was getting sick. This had happened to me before on a fast, I actually got Lyme disease (go figure). Satan thought he had me, thought I was going to break the fast, but I didn’t. I altered the fast to accommodate my health but I completed the entire 21 days of the fast.
So I will have to alter this fast to ensure that I don’t get sick. Sickness is not from God and is a deterrent to try to get me to quit. I also realize that while I am healthy my body is not the same and my schedule is very heavy right now so I cannot fast in a way that will diminish my strength.
This fast is about favor. We want to open up the heavens and activate God’s favor in every area of our lives. This is ordained because God has said that he would provide for his people even in a famine. Just in case you haven’t noticed we are in a famine. The only ones who are not feeling the pinch of this economy are the rich people who got richer after the so called recession ended. But that’s another post.
God has given the same word to His prophets about elevating his people and prospering us during this famine. This fast for me acts as the next level of activation. Last week I visited another church and had a prophet prophecy that God wanted him to activate my harvest. It was an incredible release and it took me several days to recover from it. But now I am ready to receive God’s favor and I feel GREAT!