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Be Confident in Christ

November 28, 2016

 

‘I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.’ Philippians 4:13

 

The Bible says, ‘Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him’ (Jeremiah 17:7).

 

To succeed at whatever God calls you to do, you must learn to be confident – not self-confident, but confident in Christ.

 

Paul was brilliant, but he said, ‘I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.’ Jesus said, ‘…without Me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5).

 

It seems to take forever to learn this truth. Much of our frustration comes from misplaced confidence.

 

Paul says, ‘Put no confidence in the flesh’ (Philippians 3:3).

 

Now, he wasn’t saying you aren’t supposed to trust anyone.

 

He was saying if you give others or yourself the trust that belongs to God alone, you won’t succeed.

 

He won’t let you! To succeed at anything you must have confidence, but it must be confidence in God.

 

You must believe that He wants you to succeed. You may fail on your way to success, but if you trust God, He will take your mistakes and cause them to work out for your good (See Romans 8:28). And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose

 

Sometimes our confidence is shaken when trials come, especially if they’re lengthy.

 

When this happens you must do what David did: He ‘encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord’ (1 Samuel 30:6).

 

When David had no one else to believe in him, he believed in himself.

 

He also believed in God’s ability to work through him.

 

One Bible teacher says, ‘The Lord told me that if I didn’t believe in myself, I really didn’t believe in Him.nHe said, “I am in you, but I can only do through you, what you believe Me for.”’ Think about it.

 

Trust in God and let Him work for you and through you!

 

Give your all To Him.

 

Ephesians 3:19-20 : and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us

 

If you only have a thimble-worth of capacity and you’re standing on the edge of a vast ocean, you have access to a lot of water but you won’t get much of it because your capacity is so small. If you have the capacity of a bucket you’ll get more than a thimble, but once the bucket is full the ocean can do you no more good. If you have a barrel you’ll get more than a bucket, but once the barrel is full you will still only have taken advantage of a miniscule part of the ocean.

 

The idea is to offer God the biggest container possible. Offer Him all of you so that He can accomplish what He wants to do in your life.

 

And no matter how successful you may be, you still haven’t maximised all that God wants to do in you and through you.

 

Paul puts it this way: ‘Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.’

 

When you give your life to Christ, the Holy Spirit takes up residence within you.

 

That means if your life has been a failure thus far, He can turn it into a success.

 

And if your life has been successful thus far, He can take you to a higher level of success.

 

That’s why you should begin each morning by praying: ‘Lord, I make myself totally available to You this day; work through me to accomplish Your will.’ That’s a prayer God will answer.

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