Confidence In God’s FaithfulnessNovember 5, 2012
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:35-36
1. GET CONFIDENT. The devil antagonizes people in areas of uncertainty. That’s why we continually go to the Word to reinforce the truth—that God is trustworthy, reliable, and present. Find God’s revealed will regarding every given situation. Correctly interpret the context. Read. Meditate. Speak. Pray.
2. CONSIDER THE OUTCOME. “And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning” (Job 42:12a). Many of us avoid the book of Job because we wince at all the hardship and don’t want to suffer with him. But when you look at the whole picture and consider the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, you see there was a beginning, a middle, and an end to Job’s challenges and trials, and that he persevered, stayed close to God, guarded his attitude, and resisted the devil.
As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. James 5:10-11
3. IMITATE THOSE WHO PERSEVERED. There are examples in the Old and New Testaments of rugged, determined lives: people like Job, nations like Israel, kings like David, apostles like Paul, and a Savior like Jesus. Look at the results and learn to imitate those who through faith and patience inherited the promises.
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:11-12
4. TRUST GOD. Life tries to clip you at the knees, but God wants to bring you back to a place of stability, confidence, purpose, and renewal. He causes things that seem crazy to ultimately work together for good (Romans 8:28). Nothing is too difficult for Him (Jeremiah 32:17). So let this be a defining moment. Put your confidence in God’s eternal faithfulness and move forward with assurance, knowing that no purpose of His can be thwarted (Job 42:2). He’s got your back!
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage. Psalm 27:13-14a
God bless you!
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