• Bishop Keith Butler

It’s Not About You

Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee. (Philippians 3:4-5)

Have you ever met someone who seemed overly confident? Most of the time, these people display a demeanor full of boasting and pride.

Maybe they have an Ivy League education, perhaps they have had enormous success in business, or maybe they have political or high society connections. Whatever the case, they make it a point to display to the world that they are more fit to offer an opinion, have special treatment, and be considered more important than others.

The Apostle Paul dispelled the idea that specialized training, connection, or background makes one more qualified to be used by God. Paul wrote that he was circumcised on the 8th day; that is what the Jewish law stipulated for every male child. He was of the stock of Israel, meaning his lineage was Jewish and not mixed with other backgrounds. He noted that he was of the tribe of Benjamin; this was one of the most honored and prestigious family lines in all of Israel. Paul was a Hebrew of Hebrews, meaning if you needed to define a Hebrew, you could just look at him, and he exemplified all of what it meant to be Hebrew. When Paul added, as touching the law, a Pharisee, he was stating that he followed the Law in its totality and entirety. Was Paul boasting about his accomplishments? Not at all. He was saying that even though he had all of this to work with, the bottom line was that his confidence was in Christ, not his ability to garner praise and support.

Practical Application – If God asked you to do something, He has given you the means and the power to accomplish it. Don’t try to convince yourself that you aren’t good enough. Your confidence must be solely on God’s favor on your life. Say it out loud, “I am confident in God."

Acts 22:3; Acts 5:34



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