Author: Ron Graham
In this study, we consider the eighth element of spiritual wellbeing, namely self-confidence in Christ.
We all know that confidence is important to our wellbeing. A salesperson for example will not meet her quotas if she lacks the confidence in herself, her company, and her product.
Philippians 2:24. The Christian's confidence is based in the Lord. For example Paul said, "I trust in the Lord that I shall come shortly" (Philippians 2:24). His coming to them shortly was a particular goal which he felt confident of achieving. But his trust (or confidence) in the Lord was a general motivation that spurred him on in everything.
Philippians 3:3. In one sense, Paul lacked confidence. He claimed to "have no confidence in the flesh" (Philippians 3:3). Paul uses the word "flesh" here to represent everything of a worldly or physical nature.
Many people base their self-confidence in worldly knowledge, achievement, power, and wealth. In such things Paul had no confidence. His confidence and joy was in Jesus.
Philippians 4:13,19. Paul expressed true confidence when he said, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
He also expressed true confidence when he said, "My God shall supply all your need according to the riches of his glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). You will find many more expressions of Christ-based confidence in Paul's letter.
The lovely thing about putting all your confidence in Christ, is that he will never let you down. He will constantly strengthen and empower you. Of course your confidence must not be about what you imagine he will do for you, or help you to do. Your confidence must be about what he has promised you in his word.
There are three threads that run through the eight elements we have studied. These threads are...