THEME: CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST
Hebrews 10:35-38 NIV
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”
-Our confidence in Christ is in His death and resurrection, and hope of final glory. We are called to focus on Who and what never changes. Our hope should not be in political leaders, connections, positions, power, possessions, education level, physical strength, fame, and idols. We need to focus on the unchanging God whose grace is sufficient to us. God calls us to see situations of life through a lens of hope and expectations. We don’t know what awaits us in future but we know Who holds our future. God knows us and our hearts. He knows us by name and His eternal plan for us is perfect. The realization of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is overwhelming, who does not desire that we shrink back in faith leading to perdition. If God is for us who can be against us. God has promised us that, He will uphold us with His righteous right hand and calls us to remain committed to Him.
The word confidence in Hebrew is written as Mibtach, which is the act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in God, and reliance on Him. It also means trusting in God, having certainty and assurance of one’s relationship with God, and a conviction that one’s destiny is secure in God. We have confidence in God by first submitting our fears and anxiety unto Him. The Bible tells us not to fear three hundred and sixty-five (365) times, and every day of the year we are reminded to remain calm in Christ. King David did not look at his disabilities by comparing himself to Goliath, but he compared the Philippine giant to God. Secondly, the word of God gives us confidence for continued reliance on Him. When we read the word of God, it has the ability to read us through better and better each time. The word of God reminds us of our promises in God which builds up our trust in Him. Thirdly, we also build confidence in Christ through prayer. We are called to approach the throne of grace with confidence, knowing that Christ is our Redemption, so that we may receive mercy and grace to help us during our time of need. When we go through storms of life, we have confidence in our God who overcomes all storms when we ask of Him. Fourthly, our faith in God is the sure confidence that we have in Christ Jesus. When we wait patiently on the Lord and rely on His power, we have an account for righteousness. Last but not least, having confidence in God is putting our hope in Jesus Christ, who has given us the gift of eternal life.
Jehovah El Shaddai we magnify Your holy name for You are our Lord God Almighty. Jehovah El Elyon we praise You for You are the Most High God. Jehovah Nissi we exult You on high for You are our Banner. Jehovah Rapha we call on You for healing for You are our Lord Who Heals. Jehovah Raah we submit our hearts unto You that You may guide us according to Your purposes for You are our good Shepherd. Jehovah Shalom we call upon You for Your continued peace that You so generously give, and exchange our worries for Your peace. You are our hope and salvation and from You we live, move and have our being. Lord we praise You and worship Your Holy name. Dear Father may You cleanse us from all our iniquities and wash us by Your precious blood. May You increase in us as we decrease all for Your glory. May You increase in our nation peace and stability for the glory and honor of Your name. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You make Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Isaiah 43:1-2, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
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