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How Do You Build Confidence in Others? (5 of 7)
Series: Improving Your Self-Confidence
Today if you have your Bible please turn to Jon 13:34. We have been speaking on a series entitled "Improving Your Self-Confidence". When you read the writings of the apostle Paul you are struck by the fact that he seems to have tremendous confidence based on who he is in Christ. Not based on the old man, the person who existed without Christ, but based on who he is in Christ. For example, he said "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". That is a bold statement of confidence. It is not a statement of doubt in what God could do through him. He said "thanks be unto God who causes us always to triumph through our Lord Jesus Christ". And the key note of the New Testament for Christians is victory. And victorious people ought to be a confident people, not confident because of our abilities but confident because of Christ and who we are in the Lord Jesus, who He is in us and who He wants to be through us.
Paul said that God has blessed me with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ. Not that He will bless me, but God has blessed me already with every spiritual blessing. And I could go on and on giving you examples of the confidence we are to have because Jesus lives within us. When we depend upon ourselves or when we allow sin in our life or when we don't follow scriptural principles, we don't have that confidence God wants us to have.
I have been sharing these messages with you because I feel that God would have us to be a people, a church that has a humble spirit before the Lord but who walks with God in confidence, in victory. And when people come in to our midst, when people shake our hands, when we greet guests who come to be in our fellowship, they ought to sense in our church, a spirit of victory, an attitude of victory, an attitude of confidence that we have in Jesus, that here is a place wher ...
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