The Key to Being Confident

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Philippians 1:6 KJV

Confidence is one of those attributes you can search for Ted Talks about because it’s highly touted.

This is not that kind of post.

This post begins with my life verse. I don’t know if those are a “thing” these days when so many people choose a theme verse to guide each year. I’ve done that for the past five years or so, but whenever I think I might be ready for a new life verse…

The Spirit whispers, “You need this one.”

And I do. Recently, this was reiterated as I reflected on last year’s daily quiet time notes (I made a binder to hold them).

The verse I reflected on was—go ahead and guess—Philippians 1:6.

My notes bemoaned the fact that I didn’t feel confident that God was making any progress performing good works in and through me.

I didn’t feel confident.

Then I noticed that this verse is not about my confidence as much as it is about the source of being confident (and there is a difference).

“Being confident of this very thing, that he” and I’ll stop right there. He, who? God the Father. The Creator of the universe. The Almighty.

If I’m not confident that God can do what he says, then it’s time to shut down all systems and check out. But wait! That would be a bad idea unless I was sure God could keep his promise to give me eternal life.

The key to being confident is to trust God. Trust him to begin and finish the good works he plans to do.

“He will perform” this verse assures us. God had no problem completing his daily checklist of responsibilities.

The key to being confident is knowing it’s God who’s taking care of business. Even the business of our daily lives at home, work and play. Most surely the business of protecting us from the enemy.

What is the good work he started at our salvation?

To be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). To walk in Christ’s footsteps (Eph. 2:10) and to finish our course with joy (2 Tim. 4:7).

Unlock your confidence today. Put the responsibility for performing squarely on the Lord’s shoulders where he promised it should be. That’s the key to confident living.

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