Saturday, January 19, 2008

Do you have the Confidence?

Why do many Christians fail to experience real joy, which is listed as a fruit of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22?

Three common "joy stealers"—worry, stress, and fear.
1. Worry
Is an inordinate anxiety about something that may or may not occur and it usually doesn't.
2. Stress
Is an intense strain over a situation we can't change or control (But God can).
3. Fear
Is a dreadful uneasiness over danger, evil, or pain which does nothing but only to magnify our problems.

In order to resist these "joy stealers" we must embrace the same CONFIDENCE that Paul expressed in his letter to the Philippians. After giving thanks for the Philippian believers (1:3-5), the apostle assured them "that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (vs 6).

Whatever causes you worry, stress, and fear cannot ultimately keep God from continuing His work in you. With this CONFIDENCE we can begin each day knowing that He is in control. We can leave everything in His hands.

Resist those "joy stealers" by renewing your confidence in God each morning.

Happiness depends on happenings; joy depends on Jesus.
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