Essential #4 Be Confident

John 5:24  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

John 16:24  “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.

1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:19  And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

Am I confident, if so what, or who, am I confident in? The old Webster’s dictionary defines confidence as follows: A trusting, or reliance, an assurance of mind, or firm belief in the integrity, stability or veracity of another, or in the truth and reality of a fact. Before my walk with Jesus began, I heard the gospel (good news) of Jesus, was drawn  by God, believed, and then made a commitment to God. A great beginning, but just the beginning. I believe I was saved and would join Jesus in Heaven someday.  I believed, that I trusted God, or did I. How much did I believe, how much did I trust God? The more I thought about confidence the more I put confidence and trust together. As a 14 year old I thought I knew what I needed, and thought I was in control of my life. But without proper mentors, someone to help me, I quickly began to drop away from Jesus. Later in life when I re committed my life to the Lord, He brought people along-side me that helped me understand, if I wanted to be filled with the Spirit I  needed to put Christ first, be in the Word, be submissive, and be confident. What is this be filled with the Spirit thing? I think being filled might be a better term.  I along with many of you know, the Holy Spirit enters us at conversion, so He is already in me. But I also understand He will work through me as much as I allow Him, He needs a willing partner to participate with Him. As I grew in my desire to put Jesus first, be in the Word, and be submissive to Him, the more my confidence grew in Jesus and myself. I trust more and more Who God is, what he  has done, is doing, and going to do. The more I trust Him, the more I allow His Spirit to work in and through me.

Lord, Help my knowledge of You, and my confidence in You, to grow my love for You.

Psalm 118:8  It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.