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E-Cheer: Confident or Cocky?
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It is said that elephants are the only land animals that can't jump. If you
weighed that much, neither could you. I can't jump either, but I have an
I enjoy watching Judge Judy. She's more than self-assured -- she's just
plain cocky. Humility is not her strongest attribute. She does, however,
seem especially skillful with children.
The other day I talked about fine lines. I also believe there is a fine line
between confidence and cocky. It's wonderful when you meet someone
who is confidently assured about their relationship with God. However,
we occasionally meet someone who is downright cocky about their faith
and want you to know how "right" they are on every spiritual issue. I call
them modern day Pharisees.
It's one thing to be assured of our salvation, but it is something that
should make us humble, not cocky. The fact that Jesus died for me, in
spite of my sin, makes me sit humbly at the foot of the cross. There is no
reason for me to be haughty, just because "I accepted Christ" and have all
His doctrines down pat. That's substituting the preeminence of "me" for
the preeminence of Christ. That's pure four-star arrogant pride.
Col. 3:12 (nlt), "Since God chose you to be the holy people whom He
loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience." That verse allows no room for
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