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04/15/2013

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Confidence and Overconfidence


"So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall" (1 Cor.10:12).

How many of you feel comfortable around someone who brags a lot about themself? It is just one of those traits that makes us feel squirmy. In this matter, biblical teaching is squarely on our side... "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time" (1 Pet.5:6). Peter hits the humility nail right on the head with this verse.... "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up" This is not an instant replay... It is James 4:10... The inspired words of James are exactly the same as those of Peter. There is a deep chasm between confidence and overconfidence. In today's verse, the apostle Paul warns us about the latter. When one is overconfident, they think that they can dance closely by the fires of sin without getting burned. We all know that sin can creep into our lives from time to time. It is another thing to place ourselves in a position where sin is all around and just think that we can tiptoe around it. We are warned that yielding to sin is more than a momentary lapse from which we can be easily forgiven. Sin has the power to enslave us! When it does, one can have their spiritual discernment blurred to the extent that they cannot find the will to resist the world's temptations. That, unfortunately, can result from overconfidence. We must be confident enough that we know that God is with us, and humble enough to know that falling is possible. This is not a conundrum from which there is no escape. It would be good for us to read 1 Cor.10:11-13 today and meditate upon it. God always finds a way for us to stay close to Him. We must do so with a pure and humble heart...

Have a great start to your week. Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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