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May 30, 2007

Confident Living



An excerpt from Leading with Confidence, a downloadable resource from GiftedForLeadership.com:

Paul's entire reason for confidence is rooted in the character of God himself - not what Paul did or didn't see going on around him. He's absolutely certain of one thing: God is in control. Period.

This, of course, is a great mystery to us. How does God take into account Satan's fierce, evil opposition, along with the free will he gave humans, and still promise he can work everything together for good?

I have no idea. God never promises I'll understand him, but he does ask me to trust him. Believing that God is sovereign is vital for confident living. We know from all his writings that Paul trusted not only that God is sovereign, but also that his character is faithful and good (1 Thessalonians 5:24). It's critical for Christians to believe this, too. Why?

Because without these additional attributes, we could view an absolutely sovereign God as a potential big bully. If I can't trust that God is always good and faithful, then God goes on trial with each particular circumstance of my life. I become the doubter who's like the waves of the sea, always being tossed about (James 1:6).

Of course, it's easy to say I'm confident that God's faithful when I've escaped a negative situation, but is he still faithful when the friend I've lifted up in prayer for more than 30 years has never returned to faith in Jesus? Or when I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and had to face chemotherapy? The truth is, either God is faithful and good in all these situations, or he's faithful and good in none. How we decide between these opposite choices determines whether we live with confidence (and peace) or anxiety.

Comments

"The truth is, either God is faithful and good in all these situations, or he’s faithful and good in none."

I find this statement deeply profound. My husband and I have recently experienced a series of trials that have left our hearts wounded.

The other day, we were fervently praying together and as we finished I said...Is He God or isn't He? I put a question mark at the end but it was stated emphatically. My husband looked at me and we touched in agreement.

Sometimes, God calls us to the most illogical actions...actions that are "cautioned" by those who love us. Yet, He is God and we know the plans He has for us. Plans to prosper us and give us hope and a future.

What more could we ask for?

Pink Collar Club said, "Is He God or isn't He?" Once we have established and found the answer for ourselves that yes, He is God, we can weather any storm that comes. When our world is turned upside down, we can hold firm to that truth. Though our circumstances may change, He does not.

Thanks beloved, God never promises I’ll understand him, but he does ask me to trust him.....Quite relieving to know!
Of course we shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free. Great insight!

Confident living is my portion, not on what i see or don't see going around me but based on God's sovereignty and character!

I got you right, thanks again!

" And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" ( Romans 8: 28)

At times, we cannot comprehend the dealings of God with man. For many born again Christians, we are often reminded by the fact that we must not dwell upon the dark and perplexing questions that boil around us in the midst of adversity. God is love and love is the essence in His dealing with us. There is a reason for our testings which we may not understand now but we will eventually do when we meet God face to face.

To which extent, will this be a hard pill to swallow for those who are suffering from terminal illness, who has lost their loved ones and for those who are at the brink of hopelessness? Need it be a concern if born again Christians has yet to resign to the truth that in the "night of perplexity and there is a morning of vision". What good do we hope will be done if we choose to accept that sorrow and trial are only for a time; it has its seasons.

For me, St Augustine's remarkable thought has deeply impressed me " For it is better to find the Truth and leave the question unanswered than to find the answer without finding the Truth".

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