Confidence; December 11, 2018

Hebrews 10:35-36 (So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

“Accuser” is the devil’s name, and discouragement is his game. Jesus said clearly that the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy, (John 10:10) and the first thing he wants to rob us of is our hope. Frankly, life on this earth can be a long slog. There is joy, certainly, but again as Jesus warned us, there are difficulties. (John 16:33) All of life is a succession of choices. To the degree that we choose to trust God and obey Him, we extricate ourselves from the devil’s traps and walk in victory. To the degree we choose to focus on ourselves and our difficulties, we surrender to the devil and lose hold of the peace and joy God has provided for us. This doesn’t mean at all that we are to ignore the world around us and live in a fantasy, it means that we are to remember that God is greater than our circumstances, and He’s certainly greater than we are. The confidence that is spoken of here isn’t at all self-confidence, but rather, as Paul said, “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12) Ever since childhood I have loved the hymn, Trust and Obey. It is certainly Biblical, and true.

This is a Word directly to me this morning, because I was under spiritual attack all day yesterday, and even woke up in something of a funk this morning. The situation with the polyp on my vocal cord had really gotten through to me. I’ve been saying the right things, recognizing that I have taken my voice for granted and have been proud of my speaking and singing, and that God allowing something to correct that attitude was a good thing. However, my flesh hasn’t gone down quietly! That this is happening at this extremely busy time of year has contributed to my stress, but it’s a further reminder that nothing is impossible for God, just as we have been saying every Sunday all year. (Jeremiah 32:27) Actually, my voice sounds much better this morning, and I even sang a verse of It Is No Secret What God Can Do just now without difficulty. It will be very interesting to see what the doctor says when I go back to him tomorrow! However, I am not to presume, but rest, relax, and rejoice in my Lord. Anything else is a failure to believe, to trust and obey.

Father, thank You for this very personal message this morning. Help me not just hear it, but internalize it and act on it, doing Your will both in my heart, mind, and emotions and also in my words and actions, so that You alone may be glorified. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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