Spiritual confidence

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

The LORD is my light and my salvation–
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life–
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.
(Psalms 27:1-3 (NIV))

When we are faced with troubles, we have two basic reactions that we can take – turn and run out of fear or stand firm in our faith and face them with God’s strength as our strength.

Which do you prefer?

It is human nature to fear and to have self pity. It is our human nature that we must overcome. It is our sinful nature that we must take control of, for it is our sin that causes us to fear. In our sin, we know that we are not worthy. We know that we do not deserve victory. We do not deserve salvation. In our sinful, human nature, we wallow in self pity. In our sinful nature, we lack true confidence, for we know what we deserve.

That can easily change through the salvation and grace that was freely given to us through Jesus Christ.

Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
(2 Corinthians 3:4-5 (NIV))

We can stand confident when we profess a faith in Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. We no longer have the uncertainty or our worth. We know that God values us enough to have sent His only begotten Son to die for our transgressions. We are confident in our salvation. We are confident not in who we are, but in who’s we are. With that knowledge, we can face anything.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 (NIV))

It is so easy to be overcome with what the world has thrown at us. Don’t allow the weight of the world to steal your joy and your confidence. When everything in your life is looking down, look up!

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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