Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

04/26/2017

Charles Cash

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

(Philippians 4:13)

 

These words from the pen of the apostle Paul are some of the most oft-quoted words in the New Testament. Now, Paul was no braggart; he had no illusions about himself, nor his abilities. Like all of us, he had his limitations. He wasn’t rolling up his sleeves and saying, “I can do absolutely anything.” He was simply saying what any faithful, dedicated Christian can say: “Through the indwelling and empowering of the one who lives within me and strengthens me, I can accomplish anything that is in the mind of God for me to accomplish. I can transcend any difficulty and bring off a spiritual victory.”

 

In his book, "Reality Therapy," the noted psychiatrist William Glasser says that man experiences two basic psychological needs: “The need to love and be loved, and the need to feel that we are worthwhile to others and ourselves.” Self-love, self-knowledge, and self-confidence are lacking in so many lives. You are to “love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39) This admonition starts with self-love; did you notice that? If you do not love yourself, you most likely will not seem lovable to others who know you. The better we feel about ourselves, the fewer times we have to knock someone else down to feel tall!

 

Self-confidence is a powerful force! I love the story Larry King tells about the late baseball great, Ty Cobb. When Cobb was seventy years old, he was being interviewed by a reporter. The reporter asked him: “What do you think you would hit if you were playing these days?” Cobb, who had a life-time batting average of .367, answered, “about .290, maybe .300.” The reporter said, “That’s because of the travel, the night games, the artificial turf, and all the new pitches like the slider, right? “No,” said Cobb, “It’s because I’m seventy years old!”

 

In order for you to live a life with confidence in yourself, you have to know yourself. It was David who said: “I thought on my ways,” and again, “I commune with my own heart.” (Psalm 119:59; 77:6) Self-confidence comes when we feel sure about the powers and abilities God has given us.  When you “commune with your own heart,” your innermost self, you will realize and say with David, “This I know, that God is for me.” (Psalm 56:9) In the same vein of thought, Paul asked the question: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) You and God make a majority! Therefore, you can say with utter confidence, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”(Romans 8:37)  Now, this is true because we are enabled by God! “Now to Him (God) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20) It behooves us to continually allow God to work in and through us so we can climb to new heights of spirituality and usefulness to ourselves and to others. We can be self-confident without being self-satisfied. As someone once said, “The fellow who is completely satisfied with himself is a has-been; he has accomplished all he will.”

 

Self-confidence and a feeling of competence go together; they are twins. “Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” (2Corinthians 3:4-5) The bottom line is this: Self-confidence and competence come from our surrendered and faithful life to God, our special relationship with God as a Christian. Robert Schuller was probably right when he said: “Lack of self-confidence is the result of low self-esteem. ‘I don’t think I can’ rises from the deeper, ‘I don’t think I am!’” No dedicated and faithful Christian should ever have a feeling of low self-esteem that erodes self-confidence and competence! Of all people, the Christian has so much from God at his or her disposal to make one have a feeling of competence and self-confidence.

 

So, say confidently with Paul: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 

—CHARLES CASH