BEWARE Overconfidence!

Originally posted September 9, 2015

1 Corinthians 10:12 … Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

Overconfidence is dangerous! The belief that you cannot fail in a particular endeavor, whether it be sports, academics or some other area can make you vulnerable.

The 1985 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship involved two teams that appeared to be a great mismatch.  The 8th seeded Villanova Wildcats, were facing the Top seeded Georgetown Hoyas.  The teams had played each other twice already that season and Georgetown won both games.  Most “experts” predicted Georgetown would win the championship easily.

Proverbs 16:18 … Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

The Hoyas had everyone telling them the championship was theirs, that Villanova had no shot at winning.  Many who were in attendance believe that Georgetown thought the game was theirs before it even started.  Well, Villanova won that day and it may have had as much to with Georgetown’s overconfidence, as it did with Villanova’s talent.

So it is with our Christian walk.  We sometimes feel we are doing so well walking with the Lord, that we drop our guard. We start to think, I’ve got this, that sin that I once struggled with is under control, I will not fall again.

This is a dangerous position to be in. When we believe it is in our own strength that we are claiming victory over the flesh, we become susceptible to stumbling.  Therefore, we must always remember, our victories depend more on our trusting in Jesus than on anything of our own doing.

Philippians 4:13 … I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

So saints, be humble, be cautious, and above all rely on Jesus for victory!!