Monthly Archives: June 2016

Confidence

What is confidence? My fellow musical fans may, as I did, think of Maria’s song in The Sound of Music – “I Have Confidence.” 

The official definitions of the word are these: “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust,” the state of feeling certain about the truth of something,” and of course the one referenced in the song: “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.”

The fulfillment of the Word of God brings us confidence that 1) He had the power to save and 2) He does what He says.

We see in Ephesians 3:12 that “because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” “Such confidence we have brogue Christ before God.” (2 Coronthians 3:4)

When our hearts are right before God through Jesus Christ, we can have confidence in our salvation. “Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.” (1 John 3:21) It is because of the atoning work of Jesus on the cross that we sinners can come anywhere near our holy Creator. Let us boldly live in faith, reminded of the confidence with which we can approach God with our worship and prayer, because of Jesus.

Power Over Fear

Luke 8:22-25 

“22 One day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us cross to the other side of the lake.” So He got into a boat with them and set out.
23 As they sailed, He fell asleep, and a squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. 24 The disciples went and woke Him saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”
Then Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters, and they subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” He asked.
Frightened and amazed, they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him!” ”

We may not all be fisherman or sailors, but all of us have or will experience some type of “storm” in our life. The Lord never promised to make our life easy just because we are His followers. In fact, He promised to be with us during the storms of life, which means He promises that they will come.

While it’s tempting to either try to conquer what life brings our way in our own strength, and even more tempting at times to just give up and allow them to overtake us, Jesus asks us to consider, “Where is your faith?” Our Creator and Sustainer, Jesus is so powerful that when we take a step back and look at Who He is, we realize that He is truly Someone in Whom we can trust, since He is more mighty than anything in all of Creation. We see that He can conquer anything thrown at us. 

This kind of power should comfort us. Those of us Who have Him as Savior and Lord can take our fears and give them over to Him, with our faith placed in His power. He overcomes.

Seeds & Lamps

Please read Luke 8:4-21.

Those of use who have listened to God’s Word and are obedient to its commands have open hearts to the Lord. Jesus said that it’s like a gardening example – we are like good soil that, when the seed of the Word of God is cast into it, produces a good crop, with good fruit.

We who have received and accepted the message of the Gospel must share it with others, that they might also have the opportunity to allow the Word of God to change their lives as well. Jesus gave us anther way to picture this – we are like lamps that radiate light into even the darkest corner. It reveals the truth about even the most hidden areas of life.

Lamps themselves cannot change another object into a lamp, but their light can reveal what is already there. Only the Light of the World and an open heart (aka “good soil”) can covert a dark object into a lamp. Only God can transform a person from being wicked to being righteous.