How Do Be Confident Always (Video and Notes)

I used to struggle with a lack of confidence.  Then I learned how to be confident always.  It changed my life.

Next Level Faith #8

If you focus on honoring God with your words you will improve your heart.

While improving your heart you will obtain wisdom.

Wisdom from God will give you confidence in every situation.

My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. 11 I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths.12 When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble. Prov 4:10-12

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If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13

1) You choose man’s or God’s wisdom.

A) Man’s wisdom originates from the world, the flesh and from the devil.

For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. James 3:15

B) God’s wisdom is from above.

Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.
James 1:17a

2) The evidence of your source of wisdom.

Man’s Wisdom

But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying.
James 3:14

• Jealousy (I don’t want you to be better than me)
• Self-centeredness (It’s all about me)
• Pride (I am better and smarter than you)
• Dishonesty (I have to lie to cover weaknesses)

B) God’s Wisdom

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13

• Humility (I want to give God the glory)

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. James 3:17

• Pure (I strive to live a holy life)
• Peace (I live to be in peace with God and man)
• Gentle (I will speak truth with love and respect)
• Yielding (I am tolerant of our differences)
• Merciful (I will forgive those who harm me)
• Generous (I will be a doer of good deeds) GLWS
• Sincere (I will be who I say I am – Like Christ)

3) The result of your choice.

Man’s wisdom = Anxiety

For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. James 3:16

God’s wisdom = peace, contentment, confidence

And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:18

Faith Is A Risk – We Encourage Risk

I Love My Church 2016

Faith is always a risk. Be a risk taker.

Risk: n. A venture undertaken without regard to
possible loss or injury.
v. Take a risk in the hope of a favorable

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Heb 11:1

The danger of not taking a faith risk.

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Rom 1:21

The danger of choosing temporal over eternal investments.

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matt 6:24

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Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Heb 10:24-25

Risk Management

1) Trust God and your faith will grow.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Phil 4:13

Spiritual Emotional Relational Physical strength.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Rom 8:28

2) Be patient. The only thing you know is God is in charge.

Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” John 13:7

3) God rewards your sacrifice.

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 2 Cor 9:6

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Cor 9:6

4) God won’t quit you even when you quit Him.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Phil 1:6

Royal Farris Life Connection Church in Euless, TX
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Why You Should Love Your Church

Series: I Love My Church 2016

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.1 John 4:11-12

We need our _______________ family to express and experience God’s love.

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He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Eph 4:16

We need our church family to reach spiritual _______.

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
Eph 4:11

Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. Eph 4:12

This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Eph 4:13-14

• Christlikeness
• Confidence in the truth of the faith
• God’s love with skin towards encouragement
• Cooperation in the mission over the individual.
How Do I Love My Church?

1) I will be a participating _______________.

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Cor 12:27

2) I will support my church _______________.

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. John 13:35

3) I will care more for what _____________ can do for my church than what my church can do for me.

He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else. Mark 9:35

4) I will pray for my church _____________, family members and the influence we have with future members of God’s church family.

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. 1 Tim 3:1-7

5) I will lead my _________ toward spiritual maturity.

6) I will __________________ my church.

Pastor Royal Farris Life Connection Church Euless, TX

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Get Power From Your Past

Living in your past complicates your present and darkens your view of the future.

Settling is the enemy of a more satisfying future.

Don’t Settle …. You are not done.

Settling is quitting. Contentment is faith.
• Pain – resentment, regret, remorse
• Success
• Spiritual Journey

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Phil 3:14

For the believer, all of life is spiritual.

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…for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 2 Pet 2:9

The Importance Of Finishing

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, Phil 3:12-13

Gain Wisdom and Strength From Past

1) Relational Pain

Forgive and move forward with the power of the Holy Spirit.

I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. 25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. Matt 11:24-24

Ask Forgiveness from others. Own up.

So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. Matt 5:23-24

Grieve loss and move on.

David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.” 2 Sam 12:22-23

2) Pain of failure

Choose to learn from and be better because of your failures.

So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:4

Stay close to God and seek to grow in wisdom.

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:5-8

You Are Never Too Bad For God, Grace Is His Character

Video: Do Sheep Only Hear Their Master’s Voice

Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Romans 6:14 NLT

God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense

1) It’s God’s character.

The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. Psalm 145:8

2) It comes with the gift of Jesus.

For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

3) It never goes away.

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 2 Tim 1:9

God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. Rom 5:20

4) You can choose to limit the power of God’s grace but not lose it.

A) Bitterness
B) Pride
C) By withholding grace from others

What Comes With God’s Grace?

1) It saves ______________

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Eph 2:8

2) You receive the Holy Spirit within you and the power of God working in your life.

Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. Gal 3:2

I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.
Gal 3:5

3) Living in the power of God’s grace promotes
spiritual maturity.

…you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Pet 3:18

4) I can resist temptation and handle anything.

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Phil 2:13

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. Heb 4:15

5) ____________ Is God’s forever.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.” John 10:27-30

The Most Practical Gift For All Situations

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Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14

Jesus’ gift of peace is for individuals who choose it, not for the world.

If you want peace you have to put your faith in the peacemaker.

I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. John 12:46
Light gives hope, love, joy and peace.

Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. John 12:35

A life in the dark is a life of;

• Deception
• Disappointment
• Doubt
• Unfulfilled depression

The Practical Benefits of Peace in The Light

1) A sense of completeness. (Shalom)

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27

2) Encouragement when I am disappointed.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Rom 8:28-29

3) Strength and courage to persevere.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Ps 23:4

4) Guidance toward right choices.

For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Eph 5:9

5) Makes ______________’s life full and purposeful.

Jesus said, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10”10b

Can You See Your Faith?

If it’s impossible to please God without faith, I guess we ought to know what faith looks like.

And it is impossible to please God without faith… Heb 11:6

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What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? James 2:14

Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. Gal 2:16

Paul and James do not contradict each other.

Paul was writing to the believer who worked to earn God’s favor. James is addressing the person who claimed to have faith but showed no evidence of transformation.

Some people choose to live a fake faith.

James’ teaching is not to be used as a tool to judge but a mirror to enlighten.

1) Intellectual Faith

15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

2) Emotional Faith

18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”
19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.

3) Changed life Faith.

20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?
21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.
25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

Commitment to obedience to God’s Word.

A heart and mind of faith that results in action and change of will.