How to become a confident Christian

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Don't let your fears stop you from standing up for Jesus

What are you afraid of?

I’m afraid of lots of things. Heights, spiders, the dark, static electricity, failure, awkward silences.

As a Christian, 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.

Thinking of shrinking?

There’s a Superhero called The Atom. Look him up on YouTube, he’s pretty funny. His special power is shrinking … he can shrink to such a small size, that he’s able to go around unnoticed by his foes.

And you know, I think us Christians face the temptation to do the same – not shrink to atomic size, but to minimise our faith in Jesus, to effectively shrink back, so that we go around unnoticed. It just seems easier that way – no hard conversations about Jesus/faith/religion and other controversial things.

You can have confidence

Hebrews 10:19-39 was written to the Christians in Rome, to urge them not to shrink back. To be confident. The chapter talks about confidence in three areas:

1. Confidence in your relationship with God – because of what Jesus has done for us, we can (and should) approach God confidently. Approach him in prayer. Approach him in his word. And make time for that! Someone once said that if you’re too busy to pray, then you’re too busy.

2. Confidence in your relationships with other Christians – make it a commitment to meet with your brothers and sisters in Christ, even when life is getting really busy and hard. 6-7 hours a week for Church, youth Group and Bible Study is not a huge ask, but they all go such a long way to helping you stand firm in your faith. Go to church confidently, to be an encourager!

3. Confidence about who you are amongst your non-Christian mates – don’t shrink back like the Atom. Stand up for your faith at school. Write about your faith on facebook. Invite mates to youth group even if they laugh at you. Because Jesus doesn’t want facebook fans, he wants committed followers. He doesn’t want people to click the ‘become a fan’ button, he wants us to deny ourselves, take up our cross – be willing to get hurt for him, and follow him.

"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while,

   "He who is coming will come and will not delay.
    But my righteous one will live by faith.
   And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved."
(Hebrews 10:19-39)

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    Travis

    The atom example is brilliant.

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    Kaye

    Amen Amen & Amen ! The Part On Confidence Was For Me , Thanks ! Awsome : )

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    Chloe

    What happens when you’re at loss for words? It always seems that when the time comes it’s like I’m in a test, and my mind blanks, and I can’t answer any questions asked about what I believe because I simply can’t remember all those little tidbits of wisdom I think of when I’m alone in my room.

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      Daniella

      I can totes rel8 to you Chloe!

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    Serenity

    I living in a Christian household, but when my parents walk by the television room when I’m watching a pastor I find myself changing the channel. I know I need to be more confident but I donn’t know how. Help

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    Rachelle

    I am one of those people that hold back my faith at school which I am guessing hurts me. I really wouldn’t understand how to stand out because I really would rather stand back than stand up. This article has helped me notice that I don’t have to scared to show my faith in Christ. I have to appreciate the fact that I believe in him because he is my Father and I just have to be a happy camper.

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    Rachelle

    If you are living in a household full of Christians I don’t think you should be disappointed in the reason that you are just getting more help in your life, I am guessing you should also maybe talk to them about some things. I hope that your parents will understand that also because you are the controller of you and your parents are just the people that raise you. Your trust in Christ doesn’t need to be kept secret.

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