January is about gone and I would climb out on a limb to say that maybe, just maybe, so is some of your New Year Resolutions (or at least the gusto and passion that was once behind them).
You wake up, look in the mirror and think and feel what many Christians feel.
Discouragement. Doubt. Questioning.
Insecurity. Fear. Hopelessness. Failure.
You haven't been faithful to read the Bible like you said would.
You are no where close to praying like you said you wanted to.
You never did start that new project you have been needing to finish.
You ordered the book but it's just collecting dust on the shelf.
You said you would get in shape but you have started to gain weight.
You committed to a fast but halfway through you ended up cracking and eating.
It doesn't even have to be about New Year Resolutions. You can feel discouraged and lack confidence simply by looking around at others. You compare your relationship with God with theirs and feel like a second-class Christian, a mess up and failure.
The Bible has something to say about all of this.
God tells us the true and only source of real confidence!
Paul says, "Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient..." (2 Corinthians 3:4-5).
He shatters everything we know about "CONFIDENCE". To Paul, his confidence had nothing to do with what he did for Jesus. It had everything to do with what Jesus had done and is doing for Him!
You don't make yourself sufficient for God, God makes you sufficient for Himself! Yes, you must exert effort and energy. You must work. You must obey. But those things are not what will bring you the joy and rest you need. Why? Because you will wander and fumble all the way up to seeing Jesus. What travesty to bank your confidence on such a flickering thing.
Christian, the source of your confidence will determine your joy!
Do you have a sure and steady source?
"Remember, therefore, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not your joy in Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument—it is Christ's blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to your hand with which you are grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to your hope, but to Jesus, the source of your hope; look not to your faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul." - Charles Spurgeon