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|you have put off the old man
with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is
renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
"Look to Abraham your
father, And to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, And blessed him and increased
I am a new man in Christ
|"M. F. Treacy's Prelude to Yorktown; the
Southern Campaign of Nathanael Greene, 17801781 (Chapel Hill, University of
North Carolina Press  261 p.) pictures [Nathanael] Greene as an excellent planner
but one who demonstrated a lack of self-assurance and personal
Satan, the "strong man." was bound by Christ.
He exemplifies to me a very rare combination of inner strength and quiet self-assurance, deep religious faith, superb personal courage, sensitivity to other people's needs who are not so influential or well known or powerful as he is, an ability to work with others, a way to assess a complicated question and divulge his accurate but sensitive and simple analysis to other people, an ability to work with his own peer group. That is really a combination that is rare. 
|I am created in the Image of God, fearfully and wonderfully
Though I was the property of the demonic slave-traders, Jesus paid the price to buy me back, and now I am His.
Those who believe they are the random and meaningless products of evolution become enraged when despised by the popular; I have completely relaxed self-assurance. I am sure of my calling in all situations, and with all people.
I am confident.
I respect myself and my goals and have complete self-assurance in all that I think and do.
I am becoming more and more single-minded, and able to stand alone.
My family sees me becoming more and more assured and self-confident.
I have made my calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10); my self-assurance comes from God's verdict of righteousness through justification, and His continuing work in me, a vessel predestined for glory and continually available for His fashioning.
My poised disposition is an asset to my community.
Because of the electing grace of Christ, I am able to fulfill God's commands by being:
|Despite his self-assurance, though,
Washington acknowledged once again a continuing sense of his own fallibility.
The Real George Washington, p.578
|just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us
to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
-- Ephesians 1:4-5
I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy
testimonies are my meditation.
| Library of Congress, A Guide to the Study of
the United States of AmericaSupplement
Reflecting the Development of American Life and Thought, Supplement 19561965, item 1671
 Public Papers of the Presidents, Jimmy Carter, 1977, p.46