The following was taken from my Uncle Jack Bloxom’s bulletin when he was pastor of Central Baptist Church, Conway, Ark in the 1960s and 1970s. I published it in my church bulletin at College Heights Baptist Church, Nacogdoches exactly 35 years ago this week. (exactly one-half of my lifetime ago) Please allow your mind and heart process these thoughts:
“Brothers and Sisters, it is woefully possible that our fancied love for the Lord is little more than sentimental attachment. Our emotional reactions to his love are not necessarily so deep or so pure as we think. We feel we love Him utterly, but we live so much in the soul-realm that we think we are the kind of people we feel we are. We feel we want to live for Him alone and want to die for Him if He so wills; but if the Lord does not shatter our self-confidence as He shattered Peter’s, we shall go on being deceived by our feelings and our life will be one of endless fluctuations.” - from the Normal Christian Worker by Watchman Nee.
Has God dealt with your self-confidence? Paul says, “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh." - Philippians 3:3.
Self-confidence inclines us to try to do God’s work for Him; or to do His work our way; or to trust in our abilities, numbers, schemes, wealth, etc. The world screams for the self-confident person. The athlete, the businessman, the salesman, the church — all are after the self-confident person. And in the realm of the athletics, business and other ventures of this world, the cry is most likely valid. But not so in the Lord’s work.
The self-confidence of the Christian worker must be shattered. Except His workers’ confidence be in Him, the Lord must first do a work of Grace to destroy self-confidence. Read again the experience of Peter. His is just one among many biblical examples, but his is so very clear." -Jack Bloom