The Confidence of the Believer

May 5, 2017

Ephesians 3:10-13

His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

The Confidence of the Believer

“Faith builds confidence and where confidence falters failure ensues.”  These are the words that came up in my spirit this morning.  Hebrews 10:35 says, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.”  Your confidence is synonymous with your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.   Hebrews 3:14 tells us, “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.”  Our faith in Christ builds our confidence to believe Him and His Word in all of the areas of our life.  1 John 5:14 informs us, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.”  Our confidence is in Creator Father God and His Son, Jesus Christ.  He is a covenant God and a promise keeper.  ‘God is not a man that He should lie.’

The one thing I have observed as I have grown in years is that we live in the age of microwave mentality.  We expect everything instantly, with no fuss and no muss.  I see a lot of young people getting married and their expectations are that they should have everything their parents have worked years for, right now.  This mindset is often reflected in the realm of our faith.  When we pray, we expect that within three minutes the timer will ding and our prayers will be answered.  When we find that God isn’t instant oatmeal we start to wane in our faith and our confidence begins to fall.  What I have experienced personally is that God may act immediately, but more times than not, it is the prayer of faith and the confident hope in that prayer that sets events in motion to accomplish that for which we have prayed and believed God for.  There are prayers that I have prayed that I didn’t see answers to, till years down the road.   God works all things after the council of His will, not mine.  Many prayers fall short of their answer because of the very principle that the Lord gave me this morning.  We hold fast the faith for so long and after awhile we get discouraged and give up instead of rejoicing and continuing to praise Him.  Remember Hebrew 3:14, ““For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.”   The promises of God are not obtained by the weak and the fainthearted, they are obtained by the violent and passionate people of faith who refuse to be denied, that take the kingdom by force.  They get a revelation of the promise of God in their heart and they no longer look at the things which are seen, but they behold that which is unseen and yet more real than fact.  They have laid hold of truth and they refuse to let it go, no matter what the facts may dictate. 

2 Corinthians 1:18-22 says, “But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.  God’s promises are yes, but we are the ones that give the amen.  Our amen is the agreement and the confidence in the yes of God.

If you count yourself in Christ today then be confident in what He has spoken to you through His Word.  Quit listening to the enemy.  Quit looking at your circumstances.  You are a child of God.  You are a joint-heir with the King of Kings.  Take hold of who you are and what you have in Christ Jesus and with tenacity and perseverance let nothing take it from you.  Let nothing in this world shake the confidence of who you are in Christ.  You are always more than a conqueror.  Again I bring to your remembrance Romans 8:28-39, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  1 John 2:28, “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.”

Blessings,

#kent

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