One of the things that we hear over and over from those who coach sports or make their living as motivational speaker that we need to have confidence in what we do. I have an old poster decoupaged to a board that says, “No goal is too high if we climb with care and confidence.”
|This isn't it but it is close to the same idea...|
Ok. How do we get it? Last time I checked at GNC there was no supplement that increased confidence. There are a bunch of ads that tell me I can have confidence, but they do not seem to be thinking about the same thing. I am interested in confidence in my Christian life…
The Source of Confidence
John has something to say about that. Look at 1 John 2:28, 3:21, 4:17, 5:14, note that in each chapter after his major declaration in 1 John 1:5, John addresses the confidence of believers.
Looking at the whole of the book, and I highly recommend that you look at the book as a whole, John seems to be saying that our confidence before God, is based not on what we do, but on what He did. Specifically, that He sent His son in the flesh to satisfy, propitiate, Himself.
Note that in 1 John 5:4, 18, we are described as “born of God,” and as such described as victors, overcomers, and secondly we are kept from the evil one.
Not Confidence in Performance
Our confidence is not in our performance, how well we do Bible study, how well we obey, how righteous we think we are, no our confidence is in the reality that through the gift of faith we have been born of God and we are kept by the one that made that possible.