Vital signs- Sunday, February 27th, 2022


Replace Condemnation with Confidence


You've probably noticed that your confidence ebbs and flows. It varies greatly from day to day: one day you're up and one day you're down. What causes that? In part, it's about what is going on inside of you. The Bible teaches, "If our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God." (1 John 3:21 NIV) When we face life's hurts, habits, and hang-ups, it's important that we walk out of self-condemnation and into the faithful confidence that God forgives us. What causes self-condemnation? Unresolved guilt - King David wrote, "There was a time when I wouldn't admit what a sinner I was. But my dishonesty made me miserable and filled my days with frustration." (Psalms 32:3 TLB) Unrealistic expectations - also known as perfectionism - the feeling that I must be flawless, that I must be perfect, that I must please everybody, that I always have to do more, that I'm not allowed to relax. If you're a perfectionist, your favorite phrase is, "I should I must I ought I have to." You're always doing more. The Bible says, "Even perfection has its limits, but [God's] commands have no limit." (Psalms 119:96 NLT) Both guilt and perfectionism cause a lack of confidence in our lives.


Let go and let God!

24 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Fully Alive When Helping Others At the end of your life on earth you will stand before God, and he is going to evaluate how well you served others with your life. Think about the implications of that.

Confession Leads to Transformation God allows a crisis to get our attention, and then he uses the crisis to develop our character. One thing that signals we're changing is when we confess that we are

Serving Should Define Your Life Service is not something to be tacked onto our schedules when we can spare the time. It is the heart of the Christian life. Jesus came "to serve" and "to give" - and th