Christ in You Gives You Confidence

by Jon Walker

daily devotionalI have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

When Jesus commands us to do something, he knows we can’t do it unless we’re empowered by him. So, through the Holy Spirit, he joins his life with ours; thus, “Christ lives in me.”

This new life takes us where we could never go ourselves. God transforms us by the life of Christ within us, and so we “live and move and have our being” energized by being in Christ Acts 17:28 (NIV).

No matter how hard we try, some days sheer willpower isn’t enough to move us closer to where God wants us to be. And so we try harder, and things just get worse.

This is God driving us away from “try harder” Christianity. It is God teaching us, “Not I, but Christ.”

We begin to see it is no longer “just I” doing the work. We learn to say in faith: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for meGalatians 2:20 (NIV).

  • Our confidence is not in our ability but in God’s ability. Discuss ways that God works through us internally and externally to build our faith in him.
  • How would things change in your life if you traded self-confidence for God confidence?

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2 Responses to Christ in You Gives You Confidence

  1. AmyC says:

    Thank You GOD that I am the chosen one. Now I no longer live but CHRIST lives in me.
    In life, many times we like to do things our own ways , we tried harder and harder but it won’t work and we failed. It seems the more we struggled the more we get mess up. Why want to go our own way and waste our energy instead of going GOD’s way? HE is there for us. Talk to HIM and seek HIS consent before we want to do anything. GOD’s way is the correct way and HE never fails us. Praise and thank THE LORD for HE cares for my care! Amen.

  2. Jeremiah A. Johnson says:

    The greatest ability is dependability. A man does not triumph in his own strength. The Lord Jesus says, without me you can do nothing, in other words without Him actively living and working in and through us we cannot achieve or amount to something in life. How can we possibly do this? Focus on His varied Faces as revealed in His varied names by this we become what we see about Him – we are transformed into the same image as revealed in His name and this is by the effective working of His Spirit in us.

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