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    Healthy Confidence

  The ultimate object of reliable confidence is Almighty God. One must offer up a life of "righteousness," and "put   trust in Jehovah" (Psalm 4:5). Good people, even though weak and flawed on occasion, are worthy of Christian confidence as well. To demonstrate to a fellow writer that you have confidence in him or her can be a great source of encouragement. 

Consider the following:

A good marriage mate generates the confidence of his or her partner (Proverbs 31:11). Even though the church at Corinth was plagued with problems, Paul encouraged them by expressing confidence in them (2 Corinthians 1:15). Demonstrating confidence in others is a wonderful boost to their spirits. When Paul taught the gospel of Christ, involving matters pertaining to the Lord Jesus and his kingdom, he did so with consummate "boldness" (confidence), as reflected in Luke's account of the apostle's ministry while imprisoned at Rome (Acts 28:31). 

The Christian system is grounded upon such solid historical evidence that those who invest the time to study the claims of the message come away with a confidence that cannot be shaken by the dull barbs of its critics.   "...if we hold fast our boldness  and the glorying of our hope firm unto the end" (Hebrews 3:6).  But no matter what happens, the Christian writer must maintain courage and confidence in this hope. There is no need for the faithful to fret about life, wringing hands and wondering whether or not we are saved. We must go forth in faithful confidence writing the Christian view.   Scripture teaches us to be confident in our prayers. "And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14). The key phrase is "according to his will."  I would suggest that the Christian writer is encouraged to be confident of the providential operation of God, and is open to subtle nudges of the Lord though these might be quite veiled, and never concretely expressed.   

The study of "confidence" from the biblical standpoint is a wonderfully enlightening and profitable endeavor. Pursue it to your own benefit. And remember this, God does not want our creativity to embrace a spirit of "fearfulness," but one of power, love, and discipline (cf. 2 Timothy 1:7). 

Marcus Ciuar of the Detroit Christian Examiner said, "Long story short, we who have the better, more positive, more uplifting news must share it with gladness and not be so timid about being a Christian. Just like it took swag for Beyonce to become a household name, it's going to take that same swag for us to make Jesus a household name (and I'm not talking about how people blurt out, "Jesus Christ," in vain when expressing frustration)! How big is your ego? Well, if you take Romans 1:16 to heart-For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes...(ESV)-then, prayerfully, it's HUGE because you know there is no greater power on earth or in heaven." 

Stroke your ego! Be confident in Who you serve!

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