Something to be said about Confidence

When baseball great, Ty Cobb, was seventy years old, an interviewing reporter asked the Hall of Fame player, “What do you think you would hit if you were playing in this era?” (Ty Cobb was a baseball legend with a career batting average of .367). He told the reporter, “I’d probably hit around .290 or maybe .300.” The sports reporter said, “Is that because of the travel, the night games, and all the new pitches like the slider?” Cobb quickly answered, “No, it’s because I’m seventy!”
There is something to be said about confidence! Cobb had it concerning baseball. Christians should have it in our relationship to Christ. At least, that is what the New Testament teaches. According to scripture, dear Christian, you can be sure of certain things—even confident. For example, the Apostle John said, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).
God does not desire for His children to live in fear and anxiety but to have confidence and certainty. There are things we can know for sure regarding His love and our future. The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in the church at Philippi, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:3-6).
Those powerful words speak of certainty and this, too, should be our positive position surely! We, too, can take a stance of utmost confidence! It is warranted—not because of us but due to God’s eternal gift to us. So kick up your heels today with joy and celebration. You have a great and sure future! Of this, you can be confident! Can I get an Amen?!
Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron

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