Worthy of confidence and trust

We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

The Apostle Paul expressed from the text the source of his confidence. it was founded upon his faith and trust to God through Jesus Christ. To realize this provided Paul the opportunity to be a blessing to others by serving them. It also helped him grow in his relationship with God and gave him the desire to follow God faithfully. When his confidence is in God, he responded to difficulties and trials in life with the assurance that God is there to provide him guidance and strength. All these spiritual blessings he received because he placed his trust in God facilitated his spiritual growth. His sufficiency to fulfill the ministry God gave him was always attributed to the working of God in his life. “For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace” (1 Corinthians 15:9-10). Because of his humility and submission to God, God used him to expand His kingdom. The more we see ourselves with our flaws and frailties and looked upon God as the only Source of strength the more He uses us to accomplish His work here on earth. God uses us mightily far beyond our imagination. Others will find themselves grasping and disoriented in life, yet those whose confidence is in the Lord learns how to experience patience and endurance. Even if at times where God is leading us makes us uncomfortable, what He does is to assure us of His presence and that He is with us. When you know that God is the one leading you, remain steadfast. “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:58). What do your actions and behavior reveal about you? Are they the results of your confidence in Christ and not from being self-reliant? Always examine and test yourself so you can find out the source of your confidence. “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5). God alone is worthy of our confidence and trust. “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased” (Revelation 4:11).

Blessings,

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