Jesus Is Worthy of Our Confidence In Him
“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Hebrews 10:35-37
Our confidence in God is no small thing. Our submission to God through His Word is of no marginal significance to our lives. We do not serve God as a good idea or a nice or better alternative to living our lives without some association with the idea of a higher power.
We are confident in God because we are assured by faith that He and He alone is God. We are confident in Him because we know that Jesus died for us to save us all from sin. We are confident in God because the Holy Spirit has come to us to confirm the truth of God’s Word. We are confident in God because we have tasted of His love and we have known His grace and mercy to us. We have experienced His forgiveness and the comfort and assurance of the Holy Spirit. We have known His healing and restoration and we have seen Him at work in our lives from the day we first believed. Even when we can’t see His work we are confident He is still working in us to finish the work He began when we made our confession of faith in Him and were born again.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…” Philippians 1:6
Yet, there are many today among those in the church who have relegated God and all things spiritual (Christian) to occasional attendance in some church setting but not to engage or make mention of Jesus Christ or His Word in the day to day activities of their lives. They have forsaken their first love and have allowed the influence of the culture to define who God is to them, instead of the immutable truth and witness of His Word.
Nevertheless the Word of God stands sure. Jesus Himself has told us that, Heaven and earth will pass away but His Words are forever.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” Luke 21:33
And our confidence is not only in eternal things to come. We have great confidence now, in this time, for every need of our lives. The world grows more corrupt and their hope in earthly things are constantly failing and changing daily. One moment they appear to be flying high and the next they are destitute and broken, but we who are in Christ and all who come to know Him through our witness are partakers of His great and precious promises which will not fail nor disappoint no matter what we have to go through in this life. Through Jesus Christ we are more than conquerors.
Our confidence is also rewarded here and now when we pray.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14-15
The key for us is to know the will of God, and we have that readily available to us in the Holy Scriptures through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, and the wisdom that is from above. All these are ours to share in abundance by the will of God.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17
So the Word is the basis of our faith and the pathway of our prayers, so that when we pray we pray in faith with confidence that what God has promised He will do. We therefore, make it our aim to fill up our hearts and minds to the fullest even to overflowing with the Word of God that we will always be all sufficient in all things. Out of the abundance of our hearts, then, our mouths speak life and blessing to our selves and to those we love and to all those whom God sends into our lives to bear witness of His great love.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
This is our confidence. God is Love, and God loves you and me. His Word is true and will stand forever. We are confident, therefore to stand firm on His Word and not be shaken by the contrary winds of unbelief or cultural shifts in thought or acceptable behavior, or the works of darkness that come to steal our faith and rob us of hope. But we are stronger than all of these things, because our strength is in the joy of the Lord and our confidence will not be shaken while we remain in Him.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-37