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YLD (09/20) – Where does your confidence come from?

Date

September 20, 2020


Summary

Where does your confidence come from?

(Acts 12:1-24)

A lot of times, our confidence came from our strength or our gifts

  • The things we are good at will help us to build up our confidence
  • But do you know “Your strength could be your weakness”
  • So when life situations seem bad, where can we place our confidence?

Jesus looked at the and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

Two characters we look at today:
1) King Herod, and
2) Peter

Where do they place their confidence?

The first one is King Herod Agrippa I (Acts 12:1-3)

Herod Agrippa had a sinful heart

  • He tried to stop people following Jesus and sharing His teaching
  • He tried to do things to secure his position and thrones even it means killing others
  • He placed the confidence in his own abilities and accomplishments, not recognizing them as gifts from God
  • He has no fear in God

How about our second character, Peter?

  • As we look into his prison cell we don’t see a man who is angry with God for being put in prison when he did nothing wrong.
  • Sometimes when we face difficulties instead of trusting that God has good intentions for every thing we face, we are angry at Him.
  • Peter is a good example for anyone facing a difficult situation.
  • Peter was able to sleep because he believed completely that God could be trusted with his life.
  • He had peace that he belonged to God.  Because he believed in Jesus and the Holy Spirit lived in his heart.

Peter experienced another miraculous deliverance from prison by the angel of the Lord.

  • When he faced difficulty, instead of worrying, he put his confidence in the Lord! He trusted God completely.

For King Herod, instead of placing his confidence in God, he placed his confidence in himself!

  • He wanted people to worship him like God! He thought he could use his ways to stop God’s work but he failed.

It is important that we place our confidence in God rather than ourselves!


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