March 14, 2021

Be Confident in God

Introduction: Have you ever had a moment in your life when you felt very insecure of yourself? You may have felt like your ability wasn’t up to the task or that you didn’t have the right kind of clothing or shoes to participate in the event. Those scenarios certainly play on our insecurities. Today, I want to talk with you about how being confident in your relationship with God will help you “Stay Positive” in an increasingly negative world. Three Types of Insecure People 1. Pleasers – security based on the applause and affirmation of others. 2. Fishers – security based on the sympathy and empathy of others. 3. One Uppers – security based on, “I’m better than you!” “I’m the best!” “…we who serve God by His Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh…”  Philippians 3:3 NIV Three Truths to Develop God-Confidence 1. God is Always for You “…If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”  Romans 8:31 NLT “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!”  Hebrews 10:35 NLT 2. God Always Helps You “…God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So, we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”  Hebrews 13:5-6 NLT “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”  Psalm 46:1 NLT 3. God is Still Working in You “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”  Philippians 1:6 NLT “…be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9 NLT Possessing a deep confidence in God will keep you positive in an ever-increasing negative world. “Stay Positive!” Weekly Questions: 1. How do you view the difference between self-confidence and confidence in God? 2. Do you believe that confidence in God would help your self-confidence? 3. Could self-confidence be a deterrent to developing God-confidence? How so?