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Before an athletic contest, each side seeks to display confidence, even dominance. This is especially true in any form of fighting. Eye contact, posture, facial expressions, even gestures are calculated to project power and confidence. Some boxers have even been famous for their skills at verbal taunting. But the projection of confidence is not enough to win. When the fighter steps into the ring, he or she must have the skills to overcome the opponent. Otherwise, confidence is nothing more than a bluff. They must possess good skills, and perhaps more importantly, the will to win.
As you face the challenges of life, you must also face them with confidence. No, I’m not talking about how to hold your head, square your shoulders or make eye contact. It’s not about the external appearance of confidence. I’m talking about the confidence that comes from what’s inside. Or more specifically, who is inside. You see, 1 John 4:4 tells us we have already overcome the anti-Christian spirit of the world “because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (NIV)
Think about it! As a follower of Jesus, you already have in you what is needed to overcome the challenges you face. I’m not saying it will be easy. But you have within you the one who is far greater than the world. That is the source of true confidence!
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