July 22, 2015
“The wicked flee when no one pursues,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1
What is confidence? Said William Penn: “Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” Confidence is knowing what is right and standing on it; confidence is knowing what is wrong and rejecting it.
It is interesting to me that when I am in the Spirit, I am extremely confident, able to make good, solid decisions and bold enough to share the gospel with great assurance. But the opposite is true as well. When I am in the flesh, when I have sinned, involved in some unrighteous act, my confidence shrinks. I make poor decisions, have an aversion to sharing the gospel, don’t want to pray with anyone, and I run away from all responsibilities.
There is only one way to get my confidence back. It is to stand in righteousness. Not my own, but in Christ’s.
In “The Valley Of Vision”, a collection of Puritan prayers, poems, and praises, one prayer says, “Break the fatal enchantments that binds my evil affections, and bring me to a happy mind that rests in thee, for thou hast made me and canst not forget me, Let Thy Spirit teach me the vital lessons of Christ, For I am slow to learn; And hear now my broken cries.” (VOV: THE AWAKENED SINNER)
The broken cries are the ones David exclaimed: “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.” Psalm 51:12-13
Although all of Psalm 51 is amazing, and I would encourage you to read it, verses 13-14 illustrate the point. When I am right before the Lord, my confidence is restored.
Have you sinned and are you now filled with uncertainty? Look behind you. Are you running and no one is pursuing? You can be freed and have the confidence you need! You’ll once again to tell others about Christ, make wise decisions, and be as bold as a lion!
Might I encourage you to go to God, ask for forgiveness and watch your confidence be restored as His grace and mercy are poured into your life because of the death of Jesus on the cross. He loves you and will never forget you.