Friday, June 13, 2008

confidence in the Lord

Confidence in the Lord is my only hope of keeping me going and growing in Jesus, remaining on "the narrow way", and being recovered when I get off that way. Confidence in myself is assuredly a disaster, or a false assurance and even false existence that would go with it. Pity the people who live all their lives in some sort of confirmed confidence in themselves, doing well in that without having confidence in the Lord.

This confidence in the Lord does help us to learn to know more and more our true selves and the good gift that God has given each of us in Jesus from the Spirit. So that we can realize that even in our weakness, and really especially so, the Lord and his strength will be present for us. This also helps us when we see our shortcomings and know we need more change in our hearts. We know the Lord is faithful as we bring this to him in prayer. And so we know that he will work in our lives in that matter, according to his good will for us.

This helps me. I need it. Because I'm all too aware of my shortcomings and the fact that I need to keep being changed so that my life is more and more a clear reflection of who I am in Jesus. But above all I just want to make the point in this posting that our confidence needs to be in the Lord, no matter what we face and no matter what troubles we are experiencing. He will see us through into his good will as we simply place and keep our confidence in him.

What would you like to add to this?

5 comments:

NaNcY said...

i like your words here.
i think that it helps me to relax when i find myself a tied up in knots it is usually because i am fearful of something and want to be able to put my own control over things...i realize in these words of yours to remember that i can put my confidence in the Lord and rest my weak and weary self in Him.

actually i am finding some of other people's shortcommings kind of cute. maybe i can accept some of my own while i am at it.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy,
I like your words about finding some other people's shortcomings cute. We do indeed need to look at each other with the grace of God in Jesus, and look at ourselves in the same way, while seeking to remain in that transforming grace.

NaNcY said...

are you going to read with us?

NaNcY said...

i am leaving tomorrow for ten days on a visit with my inlaws in indiana. i am not going to take the book, so i will not be tempted to read it.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy,
I'll look into it more, and maybe I will, but no promises. I do need to find out the name of the book and how I can access it.

To Indiana! Next to our state of Michigan. Hope you have a nice time there. We're looking forward to my mother and two sisters and three of their children coming here this coming week.