Being Confident

43205743_sConfidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective.” (Wikipedia) When it comes to having confidence as a Christian, our confidence is not based upon a theory or unsubstantiated promises but on the very character and nature of our loving Father God. I have noted at least four areas in scripture where we are encouraged to have confidence as a result of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Confidence in Adversity. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident” Psalm 27:1-3. David trusted God to be his “light”, the source of illumination and direction. He also trusted God to be his “salvation”, meaning his total deliverance. He was confident that no matter what the odds, God would show him the path of deliverance.

Confidence in Answered Prayer. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petition we have desired of Him” 1 John 5:14-15. Knowing God’s will before we pray is the source of our confidence that our prayer will be answered. We can know God’s will from the Written Word, and from the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us always.

Confidence in Completion. “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. The word perform  means to “fulfill completely” and refers to the good work of redemption God has begun in our lives. No need to worry if you will make it to the end because it was the Father who began the work in our lives and it is He who will complete it and bring us into the fullest manifestation as “sons of god” Romans 8:19.

Confidence in Continuance. “And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith” Philippians 1:25. Satan tried to take Paul out time and again but could never succeed because Paul knew that his assignment was not over, as he indicated in this verse. When Paul had “finished the course” God has prepared for him, he voluntarily “offered” himself up and left this world confidently that there was a great reward awaiting him in heaven (2 Timothy 4). We may all have the confidence that we shall continue in this life until our work is done, escaping every evil work that Satan attempts against us. We are “more than conquerors through Christ” (Romans 8:37).

FAITH WILL PREVAIL

12994082_sWhile reading about the healing of Jairus’ daughter in each of the three gospels where it is recorded, I found some faith-building facts to share:

GOD RESPONDS TO FAITH

Jairus said to Jesus, “My daughter is at the point of death, but come and lay your hands upon her and she will live.”  The Lord recognized the faith of Jairus by the words that he spoke: “she shall live.”  Immediately, Jesus responded and followed him home, along with his disciples who were in training and coming to observe Jesus at work.  Faith always speaks the “outcome” – it makes a declaration of what will be as a result of God’s power in action.  When Jesus heard the man say what he believed, He knew the man had faith to receive this miracle.

GOD ENCOURAGES FAITH

Sometimes delays can occur after we have released our faith by speaking the outcome, as Jairus did.  In this story, Jesus was interrupted on his way to raise the dead girl by a woman with an issue of blood.  Delays in answers can be a time when fear can come in to derail our faith and stop the miracle that is in progress.  People came from the house of Jairus and said, “Don’t trouble the Master, you daughter is dead.”  When Jesus heard the bad report, He turned to Jairus immediately and said, “Fear not, only believe.”  When we are standing in faith for a miracle or healing of some kind, and fear is trying to crowd out the faith we had started with, God will speak a word of encouragement that will help us continue to believe.  In fact, the Greek tense in this phrase implies, “keep on believing.”

GOD REWARDS FAITH

Jairus must have taken the encouragement from Jesus and continued to believe, because the procession continued and his daughter was raised to life when Jesus gave the faith command saying, “Little girl, arise.”  And her spirit returned and she arose and ate something.  God is a rewarder of faith according to Hebrews 11:6, which says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him.”  When we start in faith, continue in faith, and finish in faith, then faith will be rewarded with the thing that was believed for at the beginning.  Be encouraged, and stay in faith until the answer is manifested!

What to Do with an Enemy

King David is the supreme example we use to demonstrate how to deal with an enemy.  We all know the story and how he first slew the lion, and then the bear, all in preparation for the biggest battle he would face.  God often allows us to face the enemy because He knows that we have the capability to defeat it, and if He steps in to do it for us, we will never develop our potential and find out the awesome power that is available to us.  God would rather fight the enemy “with us” and not “for us.”  The apostle Paul said, “We are co-workers together with God” (1 Corinthians 3:9).   When we learn to use our weapons and develop our skill, we are ready to fight bigger and harder battles.

God needs some Davids today because of the “giants in the land.”  The enemy of our soul is developing his “giants” to intimidate the Body of Christ as Goliath did to the army of Israel, but God is raising up His “champions” to take them down.  I want to be one of God’s “champions” – how about you?

David shows us three things to do when dealing with an enemy:  Face It, Fight It, and Finish It.  The army of Israel sat in the trenches terrified by the ranting of Goliath, while David made up his mind to “face” the giant on the battlefield. Overcoming the fears that hinder us from facing our problems is the first step to victory.  David knew he wasn’t alone in the battle, but that the Lord was with him to assure the victory.  God is with us in every battle we face to give us the victory.  David said, “I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” (Psalm 23:4)

After we “face it,” it’s too late to back down, so we must “fight it.”  David took what he was “familiar” with, the stone and sling he used to defeat the lesser foes, and ran out in full faith that he would hit the mark again.  He said, “I come to you in the Name of the Lord,” with all the might and authority of Heaven.  We don’t have a sling and stone to use today because our battle is in the spiritual realm, where demons are at war against us, but we have the Word of God as a sword and Faith as a shield, invincible weapons that will render the enemy powerless against us as we utilize them.  We fight with our “heart and mouth,” as Paul said:  “with the heart man believes and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (deliverance, healing, safety and provision).” (Romans 10:10)

David not only faced and fought the giant, he “finished” the enemy and made sure the problem would never occur again by cutting off Goliath’s head.  We must also put the victory in the past tense and “lay the axe to the root,” never accepting what the enemy is trying to bring upon us ever again.  We are assured of total victory in Christ as we take our place “in Him” and use the arsenal that God has provided for us.