Confidence – Part 2

Success and Failure in the Bible….  BOTH occur for EVERYBODY

There is nobody who is a total failure and nobody who is a total success

Jeremiah 8:5  “…they REFUSE to return” … the people had failed miserably and GOD EXPECTED them to RETURN !

Proverbs 24:16 “ For a righteous man may fall seven times and RISE AGAIN, but the wicked shall fall by calamity”

Psalms 40:2 “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.”

Failure in the lives of Abraham,  Moses, David and Peter

Genesis 12:10  “Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there…” …. He just did not trust God to feed him at this point.

Numbers 20:10 “…. Hear now, you rebels, must  WE bring water for you out of this rock”….   Moses anger with the people caused him NOT to properly SANCTIFY GOD in front of them, but to take the credit for God’s miracle unto himself… this is a mistake which is so easy to make for Pastors, Worship leaders and Musicians when they receive praise from men.

2 Samuel 11:1 “… at the time when kings go forth to battle…. David sent Joab, and his servants with him….. but David tarried still at Jerusalem”….. and his loafing about caused him to commit adultery and murder.

Matthew 26:35 “…. Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You !”…. and what did he do ?…. a short while later Peter denied him, as predicted.

FACT IS…. We WILL fail  unless God helps us… and we cannot take the credit for His success

Judges 7:2 “and the LORD said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ’My own hand has saved me’”” .. we EITHER want GOD’s success on HIS terms or we can proceed in our own self-confidence but we cannot have it BOTH ways… “GOD will not give His GLORY to another” (Isaiah 42:8)

Confidence – Part 1

What God thinks of us:

Clearly we have some ‘power’ on our own , collectively, apart from Him, but it does us NO GOOD.

If God had not created multiple languages, humans would have already destroyed themselves.

Genesis  11:6 …  God tells us “ this they begin to do; and now NOTHING will be withheld from them, which they have imagined to do”

Psalms 8:6  tells us that MAN is in charge of the earth… the earth has been given to humans to rule…. Satan would be POWERLESS to do anything on earth IF it were not for the fact that HE CAN GET PEOPLE TO DO WHAT HE WANTS so easily…. Satan runs the world by USING PEOPLE… he plants thoughts in their heads and they do what he wants, naturally, in most cases without even realizing it … so therefore man has given his rulership of the earth to Satan… it started in Eden, where man decided to listen to Satan’s advice rather than God’s.

Humans are truly worthless… and that’s the truth !

2 Timothy 3:3  “without self-control” we are all pawns of the demons.

Psalm 62:9 “surely men of low degree are a vapor, men of high degree are a lie”

But there are other verses that tell us that although we are worthless YET if we have the right attitude to God and put our confidence IN HIM (instead of in ourselves), He WILL help us to achieve something with our lives.

Isaiah 66:2 “…Says the LORD, “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is in the LORD”

Self-Esteem is closely linked to PRIDE.. we are to esteem OTHERS as better than ourselves…  “…let each esteem OTHERS better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3)

All flesh is grass…. and the glory of man like the flower of grass… the grass withers and the flower falls away  (1 Peter 1:24)(Isaiah  40:6-8)

You still think SELF-confidence is a good thing ??

Clearly the Bible says that the only “good thing” is to put your confidence IN GOD… TRUST IN THE LORD is what the Bible says humans should do.