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Ego vs Confidence

Ego vs. Confidence: Walking in Christ's Assurance

Philippians 4:13 (NIV) - "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."

Good morning Ekklesia Family,

In Philippians 4:13, Paul declares a profound truth that is often quoted but not always fully understood. When he says, "I can do all this through him who gives me strength," Paul is not speaking from a place of ego, but of God-given confidence. This distinction is crucial for our spiritual journey.

Paul wrote these words while imprisoned, under circumstances that would break many. Yet, he speaks of a divine strength that empowers him to face all challenges. This confidence stems from his unwavering faith in Christ, not from any personal merit or ability. Ego, in contrast, seeks to elevate self above others, relying on personal achievements and accolades. It is prideful and self-centered. Confidence in Christ, however, is humble and God-centered. It acknowledges our limitations and leans entirely on God's omnipotence.

1. Self-Reflection: Regularly examine your motivations. Are you acting out of ego or Christ-centered confidence? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any prideful tendencies and to cultivate humility within you.

2. Dependence on God: In your daily activities, whether at work, home, or in ministry, actively depend on God’s strength. Start your day with a prayer of surrender, asking God to guide your thoughts, words, and actions.

3. Encourage Others: Use your confidence in Christ to uplift those around you. Instead of boasting about personal achievements, share testimonies of God’s faithfulness. Encourage others to trust in His strength as you do.

My father once taught me, "Stay humble and God will always use you." This wisdom echoes Paul's message, reminding us that humility is the pathway to divine empowerment.

Remember, true confidence is not found in our abilities but in Christ who empowers us. As we walk in His assurance, we become vessels of His grace, capable of great things for His Kingdom. Let us strive to replace ego with God-given confidence, reflecting His glory in all we do.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the strength that comes through Christ. Help us to discern between ego and Godly confidence. May we always rely on You, recognizing that apart from You, we can do nothing. Empower us to live humbly and confidently in Your grace. In Jesus' name, Amen.

LoveUmorethanUknow, Pastor Stephän Kirby


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