Truth Or Tradition #357


By Gene H. Miller, Minister
Steer Creek Church of Christ
3466 Rosedale Road,
Stumptown WV 25267
Phone 304-462-0384
Steer Creek Church of Christ

Reach For The Sky #3

Dreams And Visions. Everybody has dreams of what they would like to do or like to be, but not everybody has the vision (foresight), the determination and the discipline to make those dreams a reality. What attitudes or personality traits must one have to be successful in life, to bring those dreams to life? In addition to Self-Acceptance, one must have Self-Confidence.

Doubt Means Failure. Jesus sent the apostles across the Sea of Galilee by boat, and He went up into a mountain to pray. A storm came up and the ship was being tossed with the waves. Early the next morning, Jesus came to them walking on the water. Peter asked permission to come to Jesus, and began walking on the water to go to Him, but seeing the wind and the waves, became afraid, and began to sink. Jesus stretched forth His hand to save him, and said: “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). He began to sink when he began to doubt. Doubt means failure.

Confidence Means Success. Walter D. Wintle said it this way: “If you think you’re beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don’t. If you’d like to win, but think you can’t, It’s almost certain you won’t….Life’s battles don’t always go To the stronger or faster man, But sooner or later the man who wins, Is the fellow who thinks he can.” Self-Confidence.

“You can succeed if nobody else believes it, but you will never succeed if you don’t believe in yourself.” William Boetcker. Example: David. Everybody tried to talk him out of going after Goliath, but David, in defending his father’s sheep, had killed a lion and a bear, and he believed this giant would be a piece of cake. He’s so big, I can’t miss. “The bigger they come the harder they fall.” Self-Confidence. But David knew the victory would not be his own. “The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37).

Contrast that with Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, who said; “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30).…my…he did it all himself, or so he thought. That’s not Self-Confidence. That’s Arrogance.

Little doubt the Apostle Paul suffered more, and accomplished more, for the cause of Christ than any other. His secret? Self-Confidence. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13). Note that his confidence was not in himself alone, but he recognized that his strength, his power, came from Christ. Therein lies the difference between Self-Confidence and Arrogance.

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