September 5th, 2019
Comfortable Christianity isn’t going with the flow of the world. Instead, what you will find is that Christians who go to what many would consider extreme are typically exuding confidence that the rest of us find a little overwhelming and intimidating.
When you really examine scripture, you find that a ‘go along, to get along’ approach to living is totally counter to what the Bible teaches us. We are to be the counter cultural force in the world. If we are not feeling resistance to our world view and the way we conduct ourselves, we likely are not living out the Gospel.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.
Lamentations 3:23-25 (NLT)
The Scripture is filled with references commenting on the uncontested attributes of God. In every category of consideration, in all the good things, He’s the best, and has no pier. All of the negative things, we find He is entirely devoid of.
We simply don’t get to that point of confidence by just going with the flow.
Tonight, in our men’s Bible study we touched base on the peace that comes from Jesus.
Peace as defined by the world is the absence of conflict. Jesus shatters this concept because His peace which He imparts to us freely is surrounded by His Grace and His comfort; consequently, our confidence and trust in Him.
It is from this confidence that we can boldly approach the Father with our needs and supplications.
The Peace of Jesus doesn’t mean we will not have conflict. It isn’t dependent on how difficulty of the path before us, leveling out and being made smooth. It remains through persecution and distress because it is fully independent of the world.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
God IS Love, and that love also gives us confidence. Often compared to the love of a father for their children, God’s love far exceeds that in every way. The love which prompted God to create the universe and place it inside of time and space. The love that brought his loving hands to craft man and woman; fashioning them in His image The love that despite betrayal after betrayal insisted that He would make a way to redeem His Lost Creation; finally resulting in the love that hung His Son on a cross to die, so as to purchase our salvation.
And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
1 John 5:14-15 (NLT)
This confidence is going to reveal itself in our prayer lives. We don’t just shyly put in our request and then doubt about the things we managed to request, because we think it may not be what God’s will is for us. Our confidence comes as a result of our trust in God. Our confidence is the product of His continual faithfulness to us.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
1 John 4:16-17 (NLT)
If we ever begin to get a grasp on the depth and breadth of this love, then the bounty of confidence will flow through us without end. For it is by that love that we are identified with Christ Jesus.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
John 13:34-35 (NLT)
See, our identity emblazoned in the love He instills in us; for Him, for our fellow believers, and for the world about us.
We can and should have confidence because He’s told us…
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
The way we exhibit these things says a lot to the world about our “Confidence”. They should be flabbergasted by it. It alone should be our first witness of the power of God Working in us.
If we find that we lack this confidence, then we need to truly examine ourselves because there is something dreadfully wrong.
In His Grace!