Monday, August 16, 2010

confidence cuz God is working

We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ.

When God begins to work in us, things change.  I change.  The way I look at people changes.  Serving and caring for others changes.  Dealing with myself, my habits and my hangups changes.  Why?  Because God changes us as we stand before Him and allow him to work.

At The Community yesterday, our summer ministry intern brought an awesome message.  One of the things that I took away was the phrase "present yourself to God" from Romans 12:2.  It is not until we present ourselves to God that He begins to work.  We will never ever be the same.

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.

Incredible when we believe what God says.  He is working and will continue to make us more like Jesus.  I'll never be perfect, but God continues to work in me and through me as I present myself to Him.  That is where my confidence must come from.  My strength fails.  My money runs out.  My efforts don't always pay off.  yet God tells us we can always and must always find our confidence in God.

Dear friends, if we don't feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence.

Do you have tough times with depression?  I have.  Have you ever dealt with loads of shame or guilt?  I have.  What changes those things?  It is when God works in us and we believe what God says about us that we have confidence to live life full out and headed toward success.

Confidence comes when we allow God to work in our lives.  Are you letting Him work in you?

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