Let Your Confidence Come From God

    I’ve been spending time in the book of Acts lately and I came across this verse:

    Now as they [Pharisees and Sadducees] 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).

    In context, Peter and John had just healed a lame man in the name of Jesus. The Pharisees and Sadducees brought Peter and John before a group of rulers and elders to question them about this miracle. They were looking for a reason to imprison Peter and John because they didn’t want the name of Jesus preached to the people.

    The reason verse 13 caught my attention is because it specifically calls Peter and John uneducated and untrained, and they were.

    Peter and John were fishermen. They were trained in sailing boats, catching fish and mending fishing nets; they were not trained in theology (the study of God) or rhetoric (how to argue). The elders that Peter addresses were trained in both theology and rhetoric, so compared to the elders, Peter and John were uneducated.

    This Scripture says something else important: It says that the elders observed the confidence of Peter and John despite their lack of education and training, and they recognized them as having been with Jesus.

    How did they recognize that Peter and John had been with Jesus? Because Peter and John had confidence in what they’d done and what they said to the council. But their confidence was not based on education or training. The only place that their confidence could have come from was God.

    I wanted to share this with you girls to impress upon you the importance of time spent with the Lord. I also want to encourage you with this: It doesn’t matter how confident you feel in what you know about the Bible or about the way that God works. What matters is time spent with God and telling people your story.

    When we spend quality time with God, He will give you the confidence you need to talk to others about the Lord and what He has done in our lives. People don’t want to know about God, they want to know that God is real. They want to know what God has done recently. They need your testimony. Every Christian has a testimony–don’t be afraid to share yours. We are all educated enough to tell our own story.

    Have you ever felt like you weren’t educated enough to talk about Jesus?

    As He [Jesus] was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. And He [Jesus] did not let him, but He said to him, Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you (Mark 5:18-19).

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit for more on her work. You can also connect with her on and


    1. I used to be a mean little girl ( I am 13) About 4 years ago we moved from CO to GA and it was really hard. When we were living in CO I was kind of mean to people….not like bullying but just not being nice in the neighborhood. When we were in GA, I made some friends and became a little nicer but I would lie at least twice a week. I would tell my parents i hated them when I didn’t get my way…..I would joke with my friends’ and say that they were stupid…not even recognizing that they were hurt from what I said. One year after we moved to GA, We moved to a different house..and we found a new church. It was 45 minutes away. From the very first day we went there to yesterday, my life is different. That church showed me what love really is, and how to show it. How The Ten Commandments are soo important in our lives. Everything. We still go to that church. I actuaclly got baptised there last year! A am a new person….Thank God for Forgiveness.

    2. Wow, this is amazing! I actually learned about this not too many weeks ago. It’s incredible how the Pharisees and Sadducees could sense that Jesus’s presence had been with Peter and John. 😀

    3. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.1 Corinthians 15:10 one of my favs

    4. Since I’m incredibly introverted, I’ve always felt I could never share my testimony with others. What would I even say? I still feel that way, but now, after this article, I feel like it IS possible! Thank you so much, Jenn!

    5. I cannot begin to tell you how important it is to spend time with God. Never stop. I used to be so in love and content in Him, but I allowed others things to get in the way. I no longer read my bible everyday and I can’t quote scripture like I used to. I am not really involved in my church. I don’t talk to God all the time like I did before. All this has left me in a terrible place. I feel so empty and it’s been so long since I’ve felt truly whole. I know that God is bringing me back now though. I hope you guys draw closer to God, and don’t let up and get lazy like I did.

    6. I felt I wasn’t educated enough as a child because I never went to church.However, now that I go to church, do bible studies, and attend teen mops, a christian based group, I feel my mind has broadened thanks to Christ.

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