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False Confidence

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November 17, 2020 7:00 pm

False Confidence

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November 17, 2020 7:00 pm

A few years ago, my doctor gave me a stern talk about my health. I took his words to heart and began going to the gym and adjusting my diet. Over time, both my cholesterol and my weight went down, and my self-esteem went up. But then something not so good happened: I began noticing other people’s dietary choices and judging them. Isn’t it funny that often when we find a scoring system that grades us well, we use it to lift ourselves up and put others down. It seems to be an innate human tendency to cling to self-made standards in an attempt to justify ourselves—systems of self-justification and guilt-management.

Paul warned the Philippians about doing such things. There were those were putting their confidence in religious performance or cultural conformity, and Paul wanted them to know that he had more reason to boast of such things: “If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more” (v. 4). Yet Paul knew his pedigree and performance was “garbage” compared to “knowing Christ” (v. 8). Only Jesus loves us as we are, rescues us, and gives us the power to become more like Him. No earning required; no score-keeping possible.

Boasting is bad in itself, but a boast based on false confidence is tragic. The gospel calls us away from misplaced confidence and into communion with a Savior who loves us and gave Himself for us.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

False confidence is the name of today's devotional. It was written by Glenn Pakula a few years ago my doctor gave me a stern talk about my health.

I took his words to heart and began going to the gym and adjusting my diet over time.

Both my cholesterol and my weight went down and my self-esteem went up, but then something not so good happened. I began noticing other people's dietary choices and judging them. Isn't it funny that often when we find a scoring system.

The grades us. Well we use it to lift ourselves up and put others down. It seems to be an innate human tendency to cling to self-made standards in an attempt to justify ourselves systems of self-justification and guilt management. Paul warned the Philippians about doing such things. Some were putting their confidence in religious performance or cultural conformity, and Paul told them in chapter 3 that he had more reason to boast of such things. He said if someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more yet Paul knew his pedigree and performance was garbage compared to knowing Christ.

Only Jesus loves us as we are rescues us and gives us the power to become more like him. No earning required. No scorekeeping possible. Boasting is bad in itself but a boast based on false confidence is tragic. The gospel calls us away from misplaced confidence and into communion with the Savior who loves us and gave himself for us ballots find genuine confidence in the word of God.

Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading this from Philippians chapter 3 verses two through eight.

Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh, for it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his spirits, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh, though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more circumcised on the eighth day of the people of Israel of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews in regard to the law of Pharisee. As for zeal, persecuting the church.

As for righteousness based on the law, faultless. But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

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 ballots pray our heavenly father, we are often tempted to boast about our strengths and set ourselves on a pedestal, please remind us that apart from you, apart from your gospel. We can do nothing and any gift that we have was given to us by you. May we only boast, and you are creator our sustainer, our provider and thank you for being our friend, thank you so much for loving us Jesus it's in your name that we pray. Amen on today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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