Friday, June 24, 2016

No Confidence in the Flesh

                    
                 No Confidence in the Flesh


                                Philippians 3:2-11
"...rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh..."

Paul encourages the Philippians to worship God and have no confidence in their flesh. He gives a religious run down of his attributes prior to salvation and refers to himself as being a righteous man, “blameless,” which was, useless or rubbish, compared to the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ. To know Christ was not an intellectual knowledge but it was to know Him through the experience of faith, “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). In trusting Christ, Paul was turning his back on Judaism and Phariseeism and then he literally, “suffered the loss of all things,” to gain Christ.

Paul desired a sincere personal intimacy and deeper knowledge of Christ. He realized the Supreme power of His resurrection, and the intense sufferings Christ had experienced. Paul was willing to suffer loss for the cause of Christ exchanging death for life while expressing and demonstrating a passion for the Gospel to those who were lost.

Are you resting in the hope of your salvation in a past event or in the power of the Gospel to convert sinners? Is your confidence in yourself because you think you are a good person? “All have sinned, and come (fall) short of the glory of God”(Romans 3:23). Does your life show distinct signs of a transformed life or are you living a false or dead faith (James 2:14-26)?  I pray that you truly know Christ and are living the Christian life by faith so that others may see the light of Christ and bring glory to His name.

Lord, may I put my confidence only in You.

2 comments:

  1. Hello Dianna. I am a Pastor from Mumbai, India. I am blessed by your blog post on No confidence in the flesh. The challenge at the end is very heart searching and self examining. I am also truly blessed by your testimony about how you lost your first husband who was a Pastor and then getting married to a another godly man and continuing to serve on a leadership team as a lay members. I am truly blessed and feel privileged and honored to get connected with you as well as know you through your profile on the blogger and the blog post because of who you are in the Lord Jesus Christ and being ex-Pastor's wife. I love getting connected with the people of God around the globe to be encouraged, strengthened and praying for one another. I have been in the Pastoral ministry for last 37 yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with a great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor with the Love of Christ to bring healing to the brokenhearted. We also encourage young and the adutls from the west to come to Mumabi to work with us during their vacation time. We would love to have you come with your husband to work with us during your vacation time or encourage young people from your church to go on a missions trip to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. Ia am it will be a life changing experience. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you, your family and friends and also wishing you a blessed and a Christ centered rest of the year 2016. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. God willing I will coming to the States in the second week of July and will be so glad to stop by your place and share with you and your son in law who is a Pastor of your church.

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  2. Dear Pastor Wankhede, I tried to send you an email but my server said it was not a valid email address. If you get this message, please let me know. We would enjoy meeting with you while you are here. Thank you for sending me a message about my blog. It encouraged me as well to hear from you. I didn't realize that my blog went clear to India. Thank you again for your note to me. We hope to be able to make new friends from another part of our great world. I will continue look on my blog comments to see if you have contacted me.

    Dianna

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