Thursday February 1, 2007
The Positive Power of Confidence
Paul was a confident man. During his earlier years, the apostle’s positive attitude came from trusting in his credentials; namely, his background, education, and position. However, his encounter with the Lord caused him to realize they were of little worth. So what was the source of his new boldness?
Paul’s relationship with Jesus formed the new foundation for his existence (Acts 9:1-6). Regarding his former ways as over, he wholeheartedly embraced his new life in Christ. Paul not only recognized the inadequacy of everything he had previously relied upon — his knowledge, achievement, and authority; he also relinquished any notion of living independently of the Lord. The apostle was a man of action, who lived his life through total reliance upon God (Galatians 2:20).
Paul’s unwavering trust in God’s faithfulness also played a key role. He believed God when He promised to strengthen and equip him; to guide him in every situation; to meet all his needs; and never to leave him. In facing trials, Paul experienced the power of the Holy Spirit flowing in and through him. Because he took the Lord at His word, he could meet adversity with boldness. His confidence was not in himself but in God’s presence, provision, and power; therefore, it remained strong.
Do you see why we can be confident followers of Christ? It isn’t who we are, what we believe about ourselves, or what strengths and abilities we have that matter. Developing a wholehearted trust and reliance on Jesus is what brings about confidence. How much do you trust Him?