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Topic: Confident (07/05/07)
TITLE: Confidence Can’t be Seen but Results Can
By Carol Dee Meeks
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In Romanâ€™s 10:9, we find, â€śIf you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.â€ť This verse says IF, you believe you shall be saved. What confidence this brings, and when this truth is accepted, faith matures and trust in Jesus Christ grows creating the desire to be like Him, which in turn, fulfills His desire for us to be like Him.
Now, IF we truly believe, we walk with confidence in hope and trust. We can be positive weâ€™ll have eternal destiny with our Lord and Savior. We are Godâ€™s children by this belief and as our faith grows, our confidence grows. This path is a lifelong journey, but as we travel we can love the unlovable and do the impossible with Christ as our guide. The guide is His Holy Spirit that indwells us the moment we believe. It tells us right from wrong.
On my journey, I am still learning to depend on God as King Hezekiah did. The Assyrian King suffered the results of King Hezekiahâ€™s confidence. He thought his power and weapons could clean out Judah, but in humiliation, he ran back home and found death at the hands of his own offspring. King Hezekiah knew the power of God and relied on Him and won the battle.
In John 11:26, we read â€śAnd everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.â€ť Again, if we believe, we will never die. Our souls will never be separated from Jesus Christ. What confidence we have in those words, words straight from Jesus. His crucifixion set us free. We learn by studying His holy pages the pattern in which we are to live. Unbelievers will see His love through us as we love the unlovable. Weâ€™ll go beyond our limits with this love of Jesus Christ by our sides.
The world watches. Sometimes it is a struggle to imitate our Master, but as we go on our daily travels, we hopefully are breaking down barriers of hardened hearts. When they see our belief and assurance, our confidence even when things are not so rosy, they want a taste of what we have. Our confidence can change the world.
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