Confidence

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Confidence is a popular subject today. We are told to think confidently, to be self-assured, to trust in ourselves. In a myriad of ways, the theme of modern society is to be self-confident. However, there is only ONE way for God's people to face life - with complete confidence in Him.

  • We can be confident in God's strength. He is pouring His strength into us so we can overcome our daily obstacles and difficulties (Phil. 4:13).

  • We can be confident that God is always faithful to keep His promises. If He promised something in His Word, we can count on it. All we have to do is wait on His perfect timing with confidence (Isaiah 30:18).

  • We can be confident that He will answer our prayers. He is just waiting for us to ask, according to His will, and He will hear us (1 John 5:14).

  • We can be confident that He will provide for all our needs. He has told us not to afraid or worry about things, because He's standing by to help (Philippians 4:6).

The apostle Paul lived through horrible circumstances - rejected by his Jewish peers, stoned, abandoned for dead, ridiculed, ignored, and often beaten and imprisoned for his devotion to Christ. But Paul continued to maintain a confident hope, right up to the very end. How did he manage this?

1. In Philippians 4:13, Paul told the believers he could handle anything that came his way through
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2. Instead of focusing on his problems, Paul followed the advice of Jesus in Matthew 6:33 and
 

3. We can find our reason for hope and unwavering confidence in God in Hebrews 13:8, where Paul told the people
 
  The Lord’s unchanging nature teaches us that even when we feel unlovely, we remain beautiful to Him. We can do nothing to change His love for us — it is unconditional and flows freely from His throne of grace. He never changes, and He is faithful to keep all of His promises. (The Charles Stanley's Life Principles Bible.)

4. In Romans 10:11, Paul told us that those who put their confidence in God will never be
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5. If we’re going to be confident in something, Psalm 118:8-9 tells us it is better to
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6. Psalm 16 is psalm of positive confidence in God. David took no credit for his own goodness (vs. 2). And he didn't brag about his own abilities. Instead, he gave credit for every good thing that happened in his life to
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7. Confidence in our salvation is rooted in our relationship with
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  He is our High Priest and, through His intercession, we can “approach the throne of grace with confidence and ...
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8. What is one more thing in which we can have total confidence? (Philippians 1:6)
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When we put our trust in God and His revealed Word, our lives take on a new stability and we walk in peace. A proper self-confidence is really a confidence in God's Word and character. We put no confidence in our flesh, but we have every confidence in the God who made us, called us, saved us and keeps us.

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