Here is my article in our local newspaper today.
Confidence is a settled assurance that cannot be shaken. It is a deep inner persuasion that does not waver. It is steadfast faith in only One, not something or someone. Hebrews 10:35 says, “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” As Hebrews 6:19 says, it is what anchors our soul in the storms of our lives.
Here is one of my anchor verses. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful…” Why? The verse goes on to say, “…He cannot deny Himself.” He is our confidence as we walk in 2022. Our next step is unknown to us, let alone the whole year. However, we can go forward with confidence and boldness because He has gone before us.
Psalm 85:13 says, “Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway.” When our thoughts, purpose, and actions are conformed to God’s will, nothing can derail us. It is when our thoughts veer off the path of righteousness, that our faith will be compromised. In Galatians 2:20 Paul made a declaration of faith.
It says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live…” Paul was grounded in Christ’s finished work on the cross. Nothing could lure him away from his anchor of hope. The verse continued, “…but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Think of Paul’s words in Romans 8:38-39. It says, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Did you note the words ‘nor things to come’? There is nothing. Let me say it again. There is absolutely nothing that the Lord is not able to handle. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
Our confidence in that power is based on Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. It is the gospel that brings light into the world, and inner transformation of souls. We have been given eternal life, the greatest gift of all, yet it cost Jesus His life.
Let’s take Abraham’s declaration as he faced his impossibility. Romans 4:20-21 says, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
Here is a key for us to apply. Verse 19 says, “…he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.”
Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
Psalm 119:73 says, “Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.” Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
1 Chronicles 29:11 says, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.”
What can we give Him that He has not given us first? We can bow our will to His. We honor You, Giver of Life. Thank You for coming to earth in the form of a man to die for us. You gave us a free will. May Your purpose be accomplished in each of our lives, as we bow our will to Yours.
No matter what impossibility we may face in this new year, we can go forward with confidence. He will be faithful to take us through. His grace will be our total sufficiency.