Charisma and confidence can often be the masks under which a lie masquerades as the truth. The sincerity of a communicator cannot establish truth, for truth is rooted, not in a person’s passion, but in unchanging absolutes. We are often drawn to believe an idea based on the confidence and conviction of the person conveying it, but we must remember that while charisma can beautify the truth, It can never define it. Let us always attempt to bring our ideas, convictions, and passions under the authority of God’s Word before we are drawn away by the loudest and most convincing human voices.
Jhn 17:17 NKJV – 17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
“So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen…” -2 Timothy 2:10
When you have discovered what God has created you to do, there is nothing you won’t be willing to endure against yourself in order to see God’s purposes accomplished. We are naturally prone to self preservation, often at the cost of Christ’s Kingdom purposes. Yet, when God’s power gets a hold of you and God’s heart for something begins to beat in your chest, the self sacrificial nature of Jesus will manifest itself in you. When you become weary in the process, like Paul, consider the endurance of Jesus.
Hebrews 12:3 – For consider Him (Christ) who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
There is no time to walk through each day without purpose and passion; without drive or direction toward a God intended destination. Paul’s focus and sacrifice came from a confident awareness of who Jesus made him to be and what Jesus had asked him to do. This is why Paul was able to write, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”