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October 31, 2014

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How to be confident in our faith to proclaim it to others

by Dave Malnes

If you appeared before the throne of God today, how confident will you be?

The answer to this question can have a dramatic effect on a person’s confidence today.

Confidence is a by-product of how people views themselves.  If people lack self-confidence, it is a direct bearing of their own self-evaluation — an opinion of how the world sees them and how they see themselves.

Motivational articles insist that self-confidence is a key to success. By setting goals, a person can start gaining momentum to achieve a life-long dream.

How does this apply to our spiritual life?

courtIn a recent address by a General Authority of the LDS Church (Mormon), confidence before the throne of God also centers on our self. Six suggestions were given on how to combat “evil” voices and build spiritual confidence. They are:

  1. Take responsibility for your own spiritual well-being.
    “Stop blaming others or your circumstances, stop justifying, and stop making excuses for why you may not be fully striving to be obedient.”
  2. Take responsibility for your own physical well-being.
    “Control your diet and exercise.”
  3. Embrace voluntary, wholehearted obedience as part of your life.
    “You cannot love God without also loving His commandments.”
  4. Become really, really good at repenting thoroughly and quickly.
    “Establish an attitude of ongoing, happy, joyful repentance by making it your lifestyle of choice.”
  5. Become really, really good at forgiving.
    “Forgive everyone, everything, all the time, or at least strive to do so, thus allowing forgiveness into your own life.
  6. Accept trials, setbacks, and “surprises” as part of your mortal experience.
    “You are her to be proved and tested. .. When trials come.. try to force a smile, gaze heavenward, and say, ‘I understand, Lord. I know what this is. A time to prove myself, isn’t it?'”

Read the post, “Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence

These six suggestions can certainly help build a person’s confidence on how to conquer the world or your self-esteem, but has little to do with what the Bible teaches on how to have spiritual confidence. Whereas the world centers on self to build confidence, the Bible centers on the message of Christ.

People that places their trust in Christ’s completed work on the cross receives 100% confidence before the throne of God that they will be declared righteous, perfect, and worthy in His sight.

If that is how God views you right now, if this is God’s opinion of you right now, they why does any other opinion really matter?

Chianti Tour-55fGod’s opinion does not come from a person’s ability to be obedient, the willingness to forgive others, or to become physically fit, but on what Christ has already done for us on the cross. God’s opinion does not rely on us, but relies solely on His grace.

When we place our confidence in Christ, we will discover that our own confidence increases. We no longer view ourselves through the lens of self-criticism, but through God’s eyes of approval and acceptance. The status of royal inheritance changes our whole demeanor. Out of thankfulness for what Christ has done, we don’t appear arrogant or haughty, but receive a spirit of humility, peace, and contentment.

It is this spiritual confidence that people long for in this world. It is this spiritual confidence that people take notice.

When confidence in Christ reigns in our being, we are far more apt and willing to be His messengers.

We witness well.
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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Norma
    Oct 31 2014

    Such a clear contrast between the Bible Truth and the Mormon “truth.” I pray that many LDS people will see this, read it, and be moved by the Holy Spirit to believe the real Truth. Thank you for writing such an uplifting article. God bless.

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  2. Whitney
    Apr 26 2015

    I am Lds. This post is very untruey. You have picked out certain parts from that talk to make your point but you didn’t include that Christ is mentioned in the 6 suggestions. I promise you that if you are NOT obedient, if you are UNKIND to other, and if you are NOT sticking every day to be like Christ, then you will not be with our Heavenly Father. God promises his GRACE AFTER we ourselves DO ALL THAT WE CAN DO. Mormons ARE Christians. http://Www.lds.org

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    • Whitney
      Apr 26 2015

      Trying, not sticking

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    • Apr 26 2015

      Hi Whitney. Thank you very much for leaving a comment. One of the greatest lessons from the Bible is what God has already done for us. By faith, we receive the forgiveness of sins and God’s grace because Jesus substituted Himself on the cross for us. As you suggest, the LDS Church emphasizes “Do” and orthodox believers in Christ, who trust God’s promises in the Bible, emphasizes “Done!” The Bible is not a rule book for the purpose of prompting obedience, but a message of rescue from the consequences of our sins. If we do not meet his standard of perfection, then we are not only unfit to be in God’s presence, but cast into outer darkness. God takes sins that seriously. What is my definition of a Christian? A person who is already perfect in Christ. Are you?

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