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← Are You Self-Confident or God Confident? - Ask Pastor Tim

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Showing Revision 2 created 06/29/2018 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. "Dear pastor, I've watched
    one of your videos
  2. where you taught the importance
  3. of remaining humble
  4. while living the Christian life.
  5. The problem I encounter
  6. is that when I understand
  7. that everything I have is from Christ
  8. and for Christ,
  9. when I accomplish something at my job
  10. which demonstrates my skills, for example,
  11. I kind of gain self-confidence,
  12. which is partially relying on myself.
  13. Can this lead to pride?
  14. Or how much relying on God is enough?
  15. Because certainly, there is an effort
  16. that we have to put in
  17. during our jobs,
  18. and should we even have self-confidence
  19. in some situations?"
  20. You kind of get the feeling.
  21. You have a guy that's asking himself this:
  22. Is it right for me to feel self-confidence
  23. or to have my self-confidence -
  24. even that word: self-confidence.
  25. "The problem I encounter
  26. is that when I understand
    that everything I have
  27. is from Christ and for Christ,
  28. when accomplishing something at my job,
  29. which demonstrates my skills,
  30. I find that I basically am
    becoming self-confident,
  31. which is partially relying on yourself."
  32. Now again, just because people
    say things in these letters
  33. doesn't mean that I accept what they say.
  34. For one thing, self-confidence
  35. is not partially relying on yourself.
  36. It's fully relying on yourself.
  37. That's what self-confidence is.
  38. The second thing I would say is this:
  39. He says "the problem I encounter
  40. is that when I understand
  41. that everything I have is from Christ..."
  42. He still goes on to have
    this self-confidence,
  43. which I would say means
  44. he doesn't really understand
  45. that everything is from Christ.
  46. You can say, "I understand it,"
  47. but then the next thing you say shows
  48. that you don't understand it.
  49. And I would say this,
  50. that let's just think
    about Scripture here.
  51. Because there are numerous verses.
  52. Let me throw it to you guys.

  53. What are some Scriptures
  54. that basically indicate to us
  55. that it's not of us, it's of the Lord,
  56. no matter what we do?
  57. (from the room) Philippians 4:13.
  58. Tim: Which says?
  59. (from the room) I can do all things
  60. through Christ who empowers me,
  61. strengthens me.
  62. Tim: Right. I can do all things
  63. through Christ who strengthens me.
  64. And what's implied there? The opposite,
  65. which, by the way, Jesus says in John 15.
  66. "Without Me, you can do nothing."
  67. Does that mean I can
    do absolutely nothing?
  68. Look, the reality is, without the Lord,
  69. you can't do anything.
  70. John the Baptist said something in John 3.
  71. Anybody remember that one?
  72. Kevin, can you quote that?
  73. (unintelligible)
  74. Tim: Say it again.
  75. Kevin: A man can only receive
  76. what is given him from heaven.
  77. Tim: "A person cannot
    receive even one thing
  78. unless it's given him from heaven."
  79. I would say this,
  80. what jumped out at me as
    I'm thinking about this
  81. is a text found in Romans 1.
  82. Let's turn there to that.

  83. Romans 1.
  84. We know, if we're familiar with Romans
  85. that Romans 1:18 begins to show us
  86. the terrible plight of fallen man.
  87. Somebody begin reading in 1:18.
  88. (from the room)
  89. "For the wrath of God is
    revealed from heaven
  90. against all ungodliness and
    unrighteousness of men
  91. who suppress the truth
    in unrighteousness."
  92. Tim: So they're unrighteous.
    They're ungodly.
  93. They suppress the truth that
    can be known about God.
  94. Keep reading.
  95. (from the room)
    "Because what may be known of God
  96. is manifest in them;
  97. for God has shown it to them."
  98. Tim: All men have no excuse.
  99. (incomplete thought)
  100. There is more revelation in this world
  101. than just our Bibles.
  102. There is natural revelation.
  103. God has revealed Himself.
  104. Romans 1 says that God can be known -
  105. certain aspects of God;
  106. certain aspects of His
    attributes and His power
  107. can be known by the
    things that are created.
  108. But keep reading.
  109. (from the room)
  110. "For since the creation of the world,
  111. His invisible attributes are clearly seen
  112. being understood by
    the things that are made,
  113. even His eternal power and Godhead
  114. so that they are without excuse."
  115. Tim: Right. We see enough
    of God in the creation
  116. so that every man is without excuse.
  117. Now keep reading.
  118. (from the room)
    "Because although they knew God,
  119. they did not glorify Him as God
  120. nor were thankful, but became futile..."
  121. Tim: Okay, stop right there.
  122. You see what happens?
  123. They recognize that there's a God.
  124. This guy recognizes there's a God.
  125. But then they don't give glory to God.
  126. And they don't give Him thanks.
  127. What's amazing is we're hearing
  128. the reasons as to why the wrath of God
  129. is being displayed and poured out.
  130. Why?
  131. Because men seek to suppress God,
  132. and they don't give Him thanks.
  133. You know what happened to Nebuchednezzar
  134. when he said, "Oh, great Babylon,
  135. look what I've done!"
  136. God doesn't take kindly to that.
  137. God's wrath is displayed because men
  138. don't attribute what they have to God.
  139. Listen, the Apostle Paul says this:
  140. I outran all the other disciples.
  141. Do you know what?
  142. If you do well at work,
  143. you don't ignore that,
  144. but you don't look at yourself
  145. and take credit for it.
  146. What Paul said is that
  147. I am a better apostle than all the rest,
  148. but it wasn't me,
  149. it was the grace of God at work in me.
  150. And he says to the Corinthians,
  151. he says why do you boast
  152. as if what you have, you didn't receive?
  153. You see, that's the thing.
  154. On the one hand, we don't want to ignore
  155. what we do well.
  156. Why?
  157. Because then, you're not
    giving God due honor.
  158. Look, every good gift,
    every perfect gift is from God.
  159. It comes down from above,
  160. from the Father of lights.
  161. He gives.
  162. You don't have a single thing.
  163. Remember Moses?
  164. He said, "Lord, I cannot speak for You.
  165. I am not eloquent."
  166. You remember what God said to him?
  167. God said to him,
  168. "Moses, I make the mouth."
  169. What does He say after that?
  170. Something about seeing,
  171. and what does He say?
  172. Kevin, you got that one down?
  173. Kevin: Not word for word,
    but that's basically it.
  174. Tim: Right, but that's the reality.

  175. Do you know what?
  176. If you do well with math
  177. or you do well in computer science
  178. or you do well in whatever this guy does,
  179. the thing isn't to sit there and say,
  180. oh, great Babylon, look what I've done.
  181. Oh, great computer science program!
  182. Look what I did!
  183. Now look,
  184. what you want to feel
    is confidence in the Lord.
  185. I'm confident that God has
    made me good in this,
  186. and He helps me when I do it.
  187. And He has a way of keeping on
  188. reminding us
  189. because we have a tendency
  190. to self-confidence.
  191. It's like that natural man,
  192. you can say: "Oh, we're new men!"
  193. Yeah, we're new men.
  194. We carry about the flesh.
  195. And there is still a tendency for us
  196. to love independence.
  197. One of the great idols
  198. that God has to break in every one of us
  199. is self-sufficiency when He saves us.
  200. But you can be good at something,
  201. like Paul was good at being an apostle.
  202. You can even say,
    "I'm the best" if it's true.
  203. See, you don't want to deny that
  204. because that's what God's doing.
  205. We want to declare God's works.
  206. But you don't want to do
    it in a way that's proud.
  207. Proud means you're lifting yourself up.
  208. You want to do it in a way
  209. that you recognize:
  210. I am what I am by the grace of God.
  211. So, anything anybody
    want to add to that one?