Confidence comes through experience. Confidence comes through taking what we believe, holding those beliefs up to the light of God’s love and allowing God to blast away at them with his love. Once we stand through that testing and persevere with wits intact we can feel like we have met Jesus on his turf and have prevailed.
Confidence calls us to action, to put our beliefs on the line, to put our belief where our mouth is so to speak.
It is confidence that brings peace of soul, confidence that allows us to face whatever is ahead without fear and confusion…when we’ve done the work, the calculating, put in the elbow grease, gone through the construction of our beliefs line at a time, challenged our assumptions – and those beliefs have stood the test – it is confidence that lets us breathe easy knowing that our beliefs are sure and founded on the principles of Jesus…
Now get on with life living what we believe keeping an eye and mind on Jesus for him to show us new things and take us closer to the kingdom.
Sitting on the back porch after this mornings devotions wondering who is making the most noise outside…The hoot owls just over in the woods, the crows yelling at each other or the birds chattering.
So far I’m giving the hoot owls the prize…
I’m thinking about confidence in our trust in Jesus. Are we as confident in believing that Jesus can work out the details of our life if we trust him? If so, how has that worked out in our life?
Think about that for a while, I’ll write more about it later…off to work on the sermon for Sunday.
Just some thoughts.
Do we base our faith on what we don’t believe? Or do we base it on what we do believe?
That may sound strange but I’ve encountered a lot of folks over the years who when asked what they believed began by saying what they don’t believe.
That raises flags to me.
If we can’t identify what we believe and most importantly why we believe it maybe there is a need to move closer to Jesus.
Experiences with Jesus seem to give our belief system reason to thrive. Without those experiences we are left knowing about Jesus without really knowing him.
Just some thoughts.
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