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False Confidence

Philippians 3:1-11

Verse 4 …though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:

We talked yesterday about the dance of confidence and how we need to remember we are to be the follower, not the lead. The problem with confidence is it can be placed in the wrong things.

It is so easy to put our confidence in ourselves or the various religious things that we have done throughout our lives but that isn’t the place that our confidence should rest. This is the very issue that the Pharisees suffered with. They thought that all their works would settle it and that they would be right with God because of how good they were. But God doesn’t appreciate work lacking love.

Paul was a cream of the crop Jew. He had every qualification and better yet each of those qualifications were shining bright. He was a student of Gamaliel, who was a prominent and well respected Jewish teacher (Acts 5:34). He was wise and taught his students to be the same. Paul’s zeal against the early Church began with what he was taught by Gamaliel. Paul had so much going for him and yet he threw off the cloak of privilege when He realized that he had it all wrong.

When Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus he learned the very thing that his teacher may have been suspecting, that there was more to this talk about Jesus than met the eye. Paul had thought he knew God. In fact he was adamantly sure that he knew God better than most. Yes, Paul knew about Jesus, but he hadn’t KNOWN Him.

This is one of the biggest mistakes we make in our Christian walk. We think that since we are a Christians that we know Christ better than the next person, but that isn’t true. We can know much about Jesus but until we know Him as an intimate friend, we can never really know Him. Being in church every time the doors are open will not get us closer to God until it stops being about our confidence in the actions. There is only one thing that we should have confidence in and that is Christ, His death and resurrection.

Making It Personal

In what ways do you find yourself trusting in your works to save you? Do you know about Jesus or do you know Him as a friend? How can you prove that your confidence is in Him?

Making It Personal Kids

What is the difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing who He is? Do you know Jesus as a friend? What did Jesus do for you?

Closing Prayer

Father, how dare we take the credit for the work only You can do. We confess the times we have tried to boast in our own works. Help us desire to know You more personally. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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