Daring to Soar in Confidence

Photo by Dane Deaner

Photo by Dane Deaner

I dare say many of us are plagued by a lack of confidence, at least from time to time.

Why is that? As children, and adults, we are told by someone or another something that hurts. And it’s so much easier to believe negative things than positive, especially about ourselves.

But true confidence should not come from what people say about us. True confidence comes from what Jesus says about us.

Keep in mind that I’m talking about confidence, not arrogance. We both know there’s a significant difference between the two.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14

You were fearfully and wonderfully made, handcrafted by the Master Creator. That means you were created special for a specific purpose in mind.

No matter what the circumstances of your birth or life up to this point, you need to know that you were created by the Creator of the world and you have a reason -a purpose- for your life! That my friend should give you confidence.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, you are:

  • a child of the King of kings

  • a friend of God

  • loved

  • saved for a purpose

  • called by name by your Saviour

The confidence that comes from knowing and believing who you are in Christ truly comes from knowing Whose you are. You see, the reality is that in and of ourselves, we are unworthy sinners, BUT GOD loved us (you and me) and in salvation He chose to make us HIS.

So confidence should not be based on what you can do or positive self-talk, but confidence is who you are in Jesus Christ.

Just to give you a full picture of what the confidence of Christ looks like…

  • love,

  • joy,

  • peace,

  • patience, 

  • kindness,

  • goodness,

  • faithfulness, 

  • gentleness,

  •  self-control

Of course, we know this is the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22-23.

This year, as you make your plans be ever ready to flex as the Holy Spirit directs, dare to soar in confidence - the Confidence of Christ.

Leave a comment below about how you have found confidence in Christ!

Goodness - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 7

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5: 22-23

Is there anyway you could explain the fullness of God’s goodness to you? Neither can I! His love and mercy and goodness is beyond what we can comprehend much less explain to someone else.

And yet, that is a part of the fruit of the spirit that the Holy Spirit is developing in us!

I knew a doctor once who I never heard say an ill word about someone. Ever. One day while working together, we found out about something that was, well, it was terrible. As this doctor talked about the incident, he never once said an ill remark about the person who was the guilty party. I looked at him and said, “You know, Doc, I don’t think you’d say anything bad about the devil. I’ve never heard you say anything bad about anyone.” He laughed and said he didn’t think he could say something good about the devil.

But the point is, what a great testimony/reputation! I wish that were true about me but, alas, I’m afraid not. However, through the years the Holy Spirit is changing me, for the better!

As believers, our first response should be toward goodness; giving the benefit of the doubt, lending a helping hand, or choosing encouraging conversation.

We are the recipients of God’s goodness and should therefore be the extension of His goodness, don’t you think?

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!

Psalm 31:19

If God were to say to you - “I could give you what you’ve prayed for OR I can give you what you’d truly desire IF you knew what I know.” Which would you choose?

Joy - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 3

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

Joy! Just the word “JOY” brings a smile to my face. It’s so much more than happy.

Many of you know that happy is derived from our circumstances, but JOY is from the Lord. If you look up the word ‘joy’, you’ll find one of the definitions as “the source or cause of delight”.

That’s the believer’s JOY! Jesus is our Source and our Cause of delight! Jesus and Jesus alone.

Just check out Nehemiah 8:10  “Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

I often wonder how in the world non-believers make it through this life. I know I have faced things that only the Lord could bring me through. In those hard times, I am reminded by God’s Word that joy will come in the morning.

Psalm 30:5 “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

While we are looking a verses on joy, take a look at these:

Habakkuk 3:18 “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”

 John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

 Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

 James 1:2 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,”

We have all seen people who have suffered significant loss or devastation and exude an inner joy in the midst of the circumstance and long after. That “joy” only comes from the Source of joy, Jesus Christ.

This week, join me in studying God’s Word, letting the joy of the Lord be our strength. After all, He is strong and has already overcome this world!

Count It All Joy

Photo by Felipe P Limarizo

Photo by Felipe P Limarizo

Our Church does a unique thing every July.  Instead of having Sunday night service (yes, we still have Sunday night services.), our Sunday School/Small Group classes get together each Sunday night and plan a mission project.  And every Wednesday night we have a visiting preacher.  It's like a mini-revival each week.  It's great, too!

I write my posts ahead of time so when I refer to our service tonight, it will be long past by the time you read this.  Having said that, tonight that I'm referring to is July 11, 2018.

Our guest preacher was Ike Byrd of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Monroe. He preached on James 1:2 and it was a great reminder to "Count it ALL JOY".  Jesus Christ paid our debt.  He suffered on our behalf.  So no matter what comes our way, as believers we should count it all joy.  This is how the lost world will see Christ in us!

He gave a 3-point message on joy:

1.  Joy insulates our mind, protecting us from what's trying to get in and it saves energy because we don't have to worry about things.  He reminded us that God never sleeps so we don't have to stay up all night worrying!

2. Joy intimidates the adversary. Choose joy by keeping a "faith" file and remembering what God has already done for you. You won't be so shaken when the adversary comes calling.

3. Joy imitates the Master.  Joy comes from Christ.  The world didn't give it, so the world can't take it away!  Let's be like our Master.

Oh, and did I mention he brought his choir?  Awesome!

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds
— James 1:2