I lost my confidence but found Jesus. Probably you don’t understand what that means but that’s what I will explain on this post.
After a break, we’re going to continue with the fifth part of this series called [Triggered] where we’re going to take back our lives from this age of anxiety.
I’m learning a lot of things on this series and I bet you will too so if you haven’t already go and read the other articles of this series.
On this occasion, we’re going to keep learning from Paul’s letters so let’s get to that.
I lost my confidence
1 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:Philippians 3.1-4 NIV
The dogs referred to in v.2 are religious people who were telling to the converted gentiles that they have to circumcise but Paul is saying that it’s impossible to please God with our flesh or with our effort.
What we can do is to please God through faith and that’s the message of the Gospel. The faith in Christ.
The evildoers (religious people) were teaching that we have to put our confidence in the wrong things.
It’s easy to be confident when you’ve never lived through a crisis. Those crises appear in our life to shake our confidence.
When Paul talks about the dogs he is also talking about all those who have lost their confidence in the gospel and are putting their confidence in their performance.
Instead of living through grace they’re coming back to the law.
The dangers of overconfidence are just as great as the danger of under-confidence. It’s dangerous to have too much confidence in the wrong place.
When the circumstances are not reflecting our confessions then our faith collapses beneath the weight of unmet expectations. I’m sure you have experienced that.
Doesn’t matter how much confidence you have. It’s a matter of where you put it. Paul is saying “I have no confidence in the flesh” because we cannot rely on ourselves.
You keep putting your confidence in people, in your performance, in your ability to be disciplined, and so on. But are those a good place to put your confidence?
In the story, Paul says “if you wanna play this game then let’s play it” and he starts reading his resume:
5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.Philippians 3.5-6 NIV
There were a lot of things for Paul to brag about. Paul had his confidence in those things until he met Jesus. Then Paul said “when I compared myself to Jesus I didn’t have anything left to brag about.”
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.Philippians 3.7 NIV
In other words, what Paul is saying is “I lost my confidence but I gain Christ”. And he continues by saying:
8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.Philippians 3.8-9 NIV
Therefore, it’s not about how much confidence we have, it’s about the basis on which we’ve built it.
You could be thinking that the answer to our anxiety was more confidence but it is not. The answer is more of Christ.
10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,Philippians 3.10 NIV
After we’ve lost our confidence, we can expect a resurrection in our life.
God uses circumstances in our life to crucify our false confidence because if we are confident in ourselves, then we cannot have faith in him.
Jesus disciples were confident in Jesus as a new king for Israel but when He died on the cross He crucified their false confidence so they could start having faith.
God, you’re the only confidence that we have.
Maybe you have made this confession but if you haven’t I invite you to do it by [clicking here]. Because it’s a way of saying that Jesus is the foundation of our confidence.
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Source of “I lost my confidence”
- I lost my confidence | Steven Furtick | Triggered | [Link]