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Such Confidence We Have

November 11, 2018

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Such Confidence We Have

There are all sorts  of books and programs  on building self-confidence.     People want self-confidence  so that they dare  to try for that special job — or that they will be projected  as winners  in whatever they set out to do.     If other people see them as winners,  they might have a better chance  in being a winner — at least other people will tend  to give them more room  to assert themselves.

But,  none of that honestly makes them  more than they really are.     We still all have  both strengths and weaknesses,  talents  and areas of inability.

God Almighty,  who gave each of us  our particular talents and strengths,  does not want us living  in an artificially revved up self-confidence  that is nothing less  than pride  and a badly misplaced trust.     But,  we are not to be totally  without confidence  in our lives.     We  need  to put our confidence  where it rightly belongs — in God — not in self.

Paul refers  to his rightly-placed confidence  in 2 Corinthians 3:4,  as he talks about his ministry  amongst idol worshipers and Jews.     He says,

And such confidence we have  through Christ  toward God.

Paul realized  he had no power  to enable anyone  to see the truths  of the gospel — but God does have the power,   and it is through Jesus Christ  and His victory  on the cross.       So,  Paul was always willing  to put forth his very best God-given efforts,  but his confidence  in preaching rightly  and powerfully  was all in God.

The same truths are  to be applied  to our daily living,  whatever our life situation  might be.     Everyone’s life needs to be lived  to its fullest,  with total confidence  in God  to help us  in living rightly.    Ephesians 4:1  tells us all  to…

Walk in a manner worthy  of the calling  with which you have been called.

We want  to live rightly,  but  our daily efforts  to live rightly  are not to be based  on any behavior modification program,  in which we strive  to change ourselves,  and proudly build up ourselves  all with our own efforts.     Instead,  we are to allow the Lord  to develop His word  within us,  to guide and strengthen us  on our way — whatever our daily job might be.

It’s like what is shown us  in Hebrews 13:20-21,

Now the God  of peace……. equip you  in every good thing  to do His will,  working in us  that which is pleasing  in His sight,  through Jesus Christ.

God will give us  the ability  and  “work in us”  to do everything  that is good and pleasing  in His sight,  when we put our full confidence and trust  in Jesus Christ,  our Savior.     Whatever our station  in life,  we have confidence  in God  to do that job  and all our living  in a God-pleasing manner  and with His blessings.

Because we are aware  of our weaknesses,  with relief,  we can gladly put aside  this false and shaky  “self” confidence,  and put our confidence  in God,  where it belongs.     Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  I’m sorry  that my pride keeps on wanting  to take control  of my life.     Help me  to know the peace and joy  of letting all my confidence be  in You  and Your love for me  in Jesus Christ.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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