Friday February 2, 2007
2 Corinthians 3:1-6
Confidently trusting the Lord brings many blessings. These include spiritual growth, personal achievement, peace, and influence.
When our reliance on God is steady, we will respond to difficulties by seeking Him for guidance and strength. In turn, we will experience the Holy Spirit’s presence, provision, and power and, as a result, spiritual growth. We’ll be capable of accomplishments far greater than imaginable when our assurance comes from the Lord. Perhaps we will demonstrate a depth of patience and endurance while everyone else is in an uproar; we might receive a leadership position beyond our perceived abilities; or we might find pleasure and success in doing an unfamiliar task.
When our security rests in God and we show conviction about His promises, peace follows. Our calm demeanor will waver, however, if we mix trusting Him with relying on ourselves. Others will take notice when they observe that God inspired our confidence. As they watch us achieve in unexpected ways, grow spiritually, or exhibit inner peace, they will want what we have, and we can influence them for Christ.
We build confidence in God by meditating on His Word, knowing who He is, and drawing near to Him through prayer. But we can lose our confidence by focusing on circumstances rather than Jesus; by allowing unconfessed sin in our lives; and by heeding worldly advice.
What do your actions reveal about you: Christ-centered confidence or self-reliance? What steps will you take to deepen your belief in Him? The Lord is always worthy of our trust (Revelation 5:12).
God’s ways are always perfect, and following them leads to fulfillment and success. One of life’s undeniable truths is that your choices will ultimately determine your future. While you can decide for yourself what career field to enter or who to marry, nothing compares with seeking God first and relying on the wonderful principles of His Word. In this series, Dr. Stanley teaches that as you serve God and seek His ways, you’ll be blessed with peace, wisdom, and guidance for the journey ahead. Order here now!