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Stay Confident. Don’t Crack.

  10/25/2016, devotion for week #43 
  Reference: Philippians 4; Main verse, 13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

The words to a familiar hymn say, My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. These words represent an unshakable resolve in none other than Jesus Christ, the solid rock who protects our confidence from crack attack 

When we place our hope in Christ, we become more confident to face and deal with life’s trying circumstances.

Often, though, when we are experiencing difficult situations, we tend to drift into denial that there exists a crack in our confidence. We especially want others to think we are strong. We can handle it. Like the sure deodorant slogan, “Never let them see you sweat.” We forget that we live in the presence of an all-seeing, all-knowing God who will see us sweat even before the first drop of perspiration breaks.

When expressed properly, confidence can be an incredibly empowering emotion. As we surrender and fall back into the secure and inviting arms of Jesus Christ, Phillipians 4:13 becomes a living reality – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” These words express confidence, not arrogance. Arrogance is self-centered. This type of confidence is Christ-centered. Arrogance is an attitude of the flesh, the carnal-mind. The Christian who is on the pathway to real spiritual maturity can rightfully make the claim as the Apostle Paul did.

Like a humbled Paul, we too, can be empowered. We should maintain a mental record of Christ faithfulness to supply the necessary strength one difficult circumstance after another. You see “all” is cumulative. It takes more than one experience (“things”) to embrace and believe in God’s commitment to strengthen us through our trials. Sure Paul had feelings of discouragement. But they were momentary.

His feelings did not give way to his faith-conscious confidence in the abilities of God. Paul is simply, yet profoundly saying that he can do everything God has given him to do, not relying on his own strength. He said "Christ strengthens me."  



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