September 26, 2018 Promise Of God

 

1 John 5_14

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Hebrews 11:1 Another Word For Faith

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

After calling everyone to have faith and to hang in there with faith, the author of Hebrews describes what faith is. It is not some long elaborate description with fancy ten-dollar words. It is very short: it is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Confidence is something that many people lack. Although the confidence they lack is one in themselves. People do not feel like they can really make a difference or accomplish some great task. They may have many hopes and dreams, but do not see it actually possible.

There are many people who have great confidence in mankind. They believe that man can do anything and that man is really good. Their hope is in man. Yet, how many times does mankind let a person down? If mankind is so good, why do things keep getting worse.

The believer in Jesus has faith in something else. His faith is put in God and what He has said and promised. As a believer you have confidence that Jesus does and did take away your sins. You have confidence that some day Jesus will return. You have confidence that God will use everything, both good and bad, to help you grow more like Jesus.

These and many other things are things you hope for. These are things that you desire. At the same time, none of these things, and many other things, can you see. You have to know that you know what you know. You have to know that what Jesus said is true and will happen.

You have faith that the light will turn on every time you hit the switch, yet you cannot see the electricity. This is faith, confidence in something you hope for and cannot see.

Are you living with faith today?

Are you confident in what you hope for in Jesus?

Do you have assurance in what you cannot see that God has promised you?

Trust God. Have faith. He will not let you down. He will not disappoint you. Have confidence in God.

I pray today that you will know what God has promised you; that you will have confidence in all of God’s promises; that you will exercise your faith in God; and that you will have God’s peace in His Word.

Hebrews 4:16 Approaching God

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

After pointing out that Jesus is the high priest of all believers, he tells the readers to go to God’s throne of grace with confidence. The reason that a believer can go with confidence is that Jesus was human just like every other person. He had to deal with temptations to sin, yet He never did sin. He understands the struggles and challenges, yet always chose the right path.

Many people are afraid to go to God, especially when they have been doing something wrong. They fear the punishment and anger of God. It is often expected that God will strike back and punish a person for every little sin done wrong. This becomes even more so when the sin is one that a person has done over and over again after repenting of it each time.

Instead of approaching in fear, you are told to approach with confidence. You are to boldly go before God’s throne of grace. God has grace greater than any person can imagine. He does not want to punish a person. His desire is to set things right. If He didn’t want to set things right, God would never have sent Jesus to die on the cross for you.

When you go to God you can expect Him to have mercy and grace to help you. The first thing He will do is remove that sin. The next thing He will do is guide you in how to live for Him. He will show you the way to keep from falling back into that sin…if you allow Him to.

Every person has a need, and is not the need of things, it is the need of removal of sin and to overcome temptation of sin in his life.

The only way to have the removal and overcoming is to go to God’s throne of grace. Seek out Jesus and follow Him. Jesus will always give you what you need the most.

Will you trust His love? Or will you stay away in fear?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will be bold in approaching God; that you will trust in God’s grace and mercy for you; and that you will lean on God’s grace to help you in every area of your life.

2 Corinthians 3:5 Where Is Your Confidence?

“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

Paul had pointed out how the Corinthian church was a result of their ministry. They had been successful in building a church that was serving God. He knew that the people were changed in their heart, not just in words on paper.

After saying that, he quickly points out that though they have great confidence in the ministry, that confidence was from God. He knew that God could do great things in and through him.

Many people do some great things in this life. This includes people in the church. Often people in the church will be just like the world in stating “look what I have done”. They will point the fingers at themselves as the hard-working person who made it possible. Their confidence lies in what they can do.

Men can fall into this trap of thinking. They feel confident that they can provide for their family, have a large house, and a big paycheck because of their own abilities. They focus on what they can do, rather than what God is doing through them and for them.

Although their hands were in the process, it was God who made it possible for that work to be done. Without God, nothing is possible. The life you live is only possible because of God. You would not be able to breathe or move if God did not make it possible for you to do so.

When you rely on God for everything, then anything is possible. Nothing is impossible. You can have complete confidence in the power of God for everything in your life. This is true for the very large mountains in your life, and for the very small bumps in your life.

Are you trusting in the power of God? Or are you trusting in your own abilities and talents?

The results that are in your life, are they because of your own work? Or are they the works of God?

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will have complete confidence in God alone; that you will not trust in your own abilities; and that God will do great works through you.

1 John 5:14-15 Confidence in Asking

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15

Here are two verses that are often misread. Many people love to hear the part about how they can approach God to ask Him of something and how He hears them. But many of those same people forget the part that the asking has to be done according to His will.

Most people go to God just like a child goes to see Santa Clause. Every child seeing Santa Clause has a long list of wants, things that they desire to have for a Christmas present. Nearly all the things on that list is for themselves, not for other people.

In this very same way, many Christians approach God with their long list of desires. With many Christians, this is not only desires for themselves, but also for others. The heart is the same though–wanting God to do something for them.

John tells you, however, that this type of approach to God does not work. The approach that works is the person who goes to God and asks Him for something that God desires. All requests must be according to the will of God.

At this point, things get a little tough for most people. If you look at the Bible it appears that it is God’s will to heal all people. So, then, you go ahead and pray for healing for a person. The person does not get healed.

Before you prayed, did you ask God if it was His will to heal that person? Maybe God has that person sick for a time to get his attention; or to be an example of trusting in God for another person; or something else only God knows what.

Not everything that appears good is in God’s will. Remember that His ways are above your ways and His understanding and wisdom is greater than yours. You only see the here and now. God sees the heart and the future also. God knows what is best.

I am not saying not to pray for some desire you have. What I am saying is check to see if that desire is in God’s will. Seek God to find out what He wants in that situation.

When you ask anything that God desires, He will more than gladly fulfill that desire. He wants to do something, you need to be in tune with that something. If you are asking what He desires He will then hear you and answer you.

I pray that today God will reveal what He desires in every situation on your heart; that you will know God’s will and pray according to it; that your prayers will not be selfish; and that God will do mighty things through you because He hears you.

Hebrews 13:6 No Fear

“So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:6

The author just finished telling you to be free from the love of money and that God will never leave nor forsake you. Now he shows you the confidence you can have in God. God is your helper.

How does God help you? The greatest help is in His providing salvation for you. He provides a reason for living, giving you purpose in this life. He provides for every need that you have. He provides guidance and direction. He provides joy. He provides compassion, kindness, love and everything else you need in life for all eternity.

The main thing each person must do is see God’s provision. Often people expect God to meet their needs in a very specific way and when God does not meet those needs that way they feel God let them down. You have to trust that God sees the big picture and knows what is the best thing for you every time. You do not have to be afraid of not making it or failing in the end if you are trusting God completely.

Then the question of what can mortals do is asked. As hard as it is to believe, the “worst” that man can do is kill your body, man cannot kill your soul. As humans though we often hate the persecution and pain caused by other humans. You have to leave your body and soul in the hand of God. Realize that if someone kills you, you get to go to heaven and get a new perfect body with no more pain or suffering.

Today seek God for all of your needs. Trust that He is aware of all you are going through. Do not be afraid of anyone or anything. Let God guide your every step in life.

I pray that today God will remove all fear in you; that God will strengthen you; that you will hear God’s guidance; and that you will have all confidence in God.