Assured. Bold. Confident.

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Don’t judge! I wrote this on the go and I couldn’t find or think of a more appropriate picture. πŸ˜€

Hi, hi! πŸ™‚

I read the verses below the other day and I just couldn’t get over the assurance and boldness with which Paul spoke…

But even if we, or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ

But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – Galatians 1:8-12

His conviction is just amazing. I mean, he was so certain of the message he preached that not even an angel from heaven could convince him that there was an alternative to the truth he had believed. This unshakable conviction was because he received the message through a revelation from God. Mentorship and discipleship play a critical role in the christian journey. Even so, we must all learn to hear God for ourselves. We should all be able to say “I know xxx, because God told me so.” Of course the revelation has to be biblical and in line with God’s character. I’m sure we’ve all heard one funny story or the other of people seeking to advance their selfish desires under the guise of “God told me so.”

I believe that Paul would have remained confident of the truth of the message he preached and lived out, even if no one had accepted it. He received a message from God and he ran with it. As he said, he did not seek to please men. In fact, he says it’s not possible to aim to please people and beΒ a servant of God at the same time. I often second-guess things when they don’t go the way I anticipated. But I’m learning that our confidence shouldn’t be in the reaction to the gospel but in the One from Whom we received the gospel. When we don’t seek to validate our message by the response we get from others, we will not be “chameleon Christians” as my mom puts it – Christians whose version of the truth changes depending on who they are around. Instead, we will always be assured, bold and confident regardless of the circumstances.

I’d love to hear how you go about staying assured, bold and confident as a christian. Leave a comment, will you?

Have an amazing week. πŸ™‚

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14 thoughts on “Assured. Bold. Confident.

  1. Naturalgirlonabudget says:

    Hmm I like the part about not being ‘water melon Christians’.. Tbh, it happens to me sometimes and I have to take conscious effort in making sure that I’m not just saying what people want to hear. Constantly praying that I don’t miss hearing when God is trying to speak to me because knowing for sure gives you all the confidence you need! Nice post Oreofe..

    • The graced misfit says:

      Ella, were you eating watermelon when you commented? Lol.. I can relate, trust me. The key is to make a conscious effort to stick to one’s guns and to pray like you’re doing.
      Keep at it, the results will surely come.
      Thanks a lot for reading and commenting. x

  2. Uju says:

    Be assured , be bold and confident. This can be applied to an illustration when you get into an exam hall and you are so sure you have read very well, you have the recorded lectures on your phone , meaning you heard the voice of the lecturer and you read his writings.

    Then after the exams someone wants to argue a particular answer with you, saying that no, hers is right and yours is wrong. In such scenario I can imagine how confident one will be, because you are so sure of who said what you wrote. You are so sure of what you wrote. That is how God’s word is supposed to relate to us as Christians.

    This is an amazing post. Really nice.

    http://www.lifestreasury.com

  3. Amakamedia says:

    Aha! “Paul would have remained confident of the truth of the message he preached and lived out, even if no one had accepted it. He received a message from God and he ran with it.” Yes. And yes!

    Paul knew what he knew!

    You know, as Christians, one of the big fears that we seem to have in common, is the fear of standing out. A lot of who we are and what we do makes us really different to people who are not Christians, so the temptation we face is to shrink back; to minimise the differences so that we don’t stand out – but so that we blend in. Sadly.

    However, we can stay assured, bold and confident by:

    1. Being committed to the Word. The more Word you know, the more confident you become.
    2. Building godly relationships. “Iron sharpeneth iron”. Keeping a close relationship with fire-brand Christians helps you stay assured. I think.
    3. And lastly, (I am already writing a blog post. lol). Praying for grace to stand out. It’s really not easy, but grace makes it so.

    Love this. Keep spreading the Word, Ore-ofe. πŸ™‚

    • The graced misfit says:

      You are so right, Amaka, so right. Especially about the tendency to minimise the difference. It’s something I’m currently working on.
      Thank a mill for writing part two of the post. πŸ™‚ I’m sure everyone will find it useful.
      Much love. x

  4. Temitope Ogunyinka says:

    Right on Ore-ofe! We have to let God be our first Teacher. We also shouldn’t only rely on the words pastors say… We should also seek God out for ourselves. It helps in improving our relationship with Him and makes us bold assured and confident in Him.
    God bless you!

  5. Temitope Ogunyinka says:

    Right on Ore-ofe! We have to let God be our first Teacher. We also shouldn’t only rely on the words pastors say… We should also seek God out for ourselves. It helps in improving our relationship with Him and makes us bold assured and confident in Him.
    God bless you!

    • The graced misfit says:

      I’m glad you could relate. Yes, I picked that up from your last newsletter. I’m looking forward to hearing amazing testimonies as you keep walking the path God has called you to.

      Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

  6. Uju Ayalogu says:

    How do I go about being assured, bold and confident as a Christian? I do my best to keep quiet if God hasn’t revealed something to me. And when he does, I stick to that revelation and I refuse to be shaken. It doesn’t always happen that I’m not shaken, but even when I am, I know that the shaking and the pressing comes from God to renew my faith and to get me to be very sure of what I’ve heard.
    I’m not near Paul’s certainty in his revelations from God bit it’s a gradual process and I’m moving towards being sure.

  7. Debby says:

    The great thing about being assured and confident is that it’s not by words of mouth. It’s by believing and living the Bible. Revelational knowledge doesn’t second-guess.
    Lovely post.

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