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How to Increase Your Confidence- Part 3

with this now and try to give you some help so you can live with confidence.  God wants you to live with confidence.  He doesn’t want you to be a carbon copy of everybody else so you have to act like them and dress like them so you fit in.  If I'm in a group or a gang or a clique or a club I can be confident.  God says, “I want you to be confident as an original masterpiece just like I created you to be.”  

We’ve been taking a look at Romans 8.  I’ve said if you don’t have a Bible, I’ll get one for you.  If you do have one you might be reading Romans 8 because every verse deals with confidence.  I want to give you five things I want you to think about how you can live with confidence in your life.

1.  Realize in the midst of pain the best is yet to come.

Romans 8:18 “I consider [circle “consider”] that our present sufferings are not worth comparing [circle “comparing”] with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  He’s saying that the stuff that you’re going through right now is nothing compared to what’s going to happen in heaven.

I had you circle the word “consider”.  The New Testament, the original language it was written in is Greek.  Since none of us read Greek here (I studied Greek for three years in graduate school and I still can barely understand it.) we translated the Bible into English.  What we have when we read our English translation sometimes we lose some of the richness of the words.  I had you circle the word “compare” in the Greek language it’s this word, this phrase, “Do the math.”  (My daughter’s in 3rd grade and we do the math every week.  We’re working on multiplication and she has yet to fail a test because I'm taking it very personal – I’m her tutor.  We’ve had some rough Wednesday nights because Thursday is her math day.)  

But what it’s saying here is “Do the math with this big picture: realize the best is yet to come.”  If you believe in heaven…  I realize some people maybe, I you’re a seeker, maybe you don’t believe in heaven.  Others don't believe in heaven.  I read a whole book on reincarnation.  They believe our spirit kind of floats in the universe and lands on an egg larvae and is impregnated into a cow and you’re a cow for a while or something like that.  So I realize that some people don’t believe in heaven.  But if you believe in heaven it’s this.  You’re going to spend eternity with God.  Either with God, if you’re in Christ or separated from God if you’re not in Christ.  That’s what the Bible teaches.  That’s Christianity.  

What is eternity?  Let’s talk about the math.  What is eternity?  It is a long time.  When you do the math the math goes something like this: Let’s take one percent.  We live on percent of our entire being on earth.  And we live 99% in eternity.  What he’s saying is do the math.  What’s going on now is nothing compared to eternity.  These struggles, these hang-ups, these habits that you’ve developed in eternity they’re going to be gone.  Realize the best is yet to come when it comes to eternity in heaven.  

2.  Remember we live in a broken world.

When it comes to pain you’ve got to remember this.  Realize the best is yet to happen but you’ve got to remember we live in a broken world.  What is a broken world mean?  If you read the Bible, it calls it a fallen world.  Sin has entered in so bad things happen.  One of the major questions you want to ask is this, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”  If God is such a loving God why would He allow innocent people to be killed like those innocent kids

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