It’s our last ACADEMIC MONTH of the second year of university. I haven’t really processed how close our exams are, and that fact I have one more year to complete till graduation. Time truly flies by.
I think it was a few days ago, on my way home, I suddenly felt down – because of the workload ahead and not finishing the notes I wanted to before March. So, as I always do when I’m feeling low, I call my Dad (of course my Mum is also always there when I need her). My Dad is basically someone who really knows the word inside and out and seems to have all the answers that are aligned with the word. Instead of comforting a daughter on the verge of a public breakdown, He gave me a scripture (a lecture w/scriptures). Philippians 3:1-13.
Do not put confidence in the flesh.
3:3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,
4: though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so:
5,6: circumcised the eight day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless
7,8: But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
I placed my confidence in my flesh. I trusted my abilities, and because of my confidence/not confidence in the work I had done thus far was not up to par, I was down. This flesh is weak and will always be flawed without Jesus Christ. By placing my confidence and trust in Jesus – there is joy.
9: and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
10: that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
Because, I believe that by placing the Kingdom of God first in our lives, and placing our trust and faith in him whole heartedly, there’s no need to be depressed, anxious, worried, fearful, or – have low self-esteem in ourselves. It’s something I am working on. Yes, I do have to put in the hard work to excel in my exams ‘James 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead’ but it is by His divine favour and grace that provides that ‘extra’ thing that gives you the edge.
It is by His Grace. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
- Just a ‘feelings’ post.
Philippians 4:6-7 ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understand, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus’