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To Know With Confidence

To "Know" With Confidence

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:12-13 (NKJV)

We, as Christians, are told something in the Book of 1 John that should shape and support who we are and how we live our lives.  He said, "I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God."

God wanted those who have made a profession of faith to "Know" that they have eternal life, so we are given the certainty within these passages that we may "Know" that we will live eternally with God.  

The fact that we "Know" that we are absolutely saved should give us great "Confidence" in our Christian walk as we cast away any fiery arrows of doubt that make their way to our minds (See Eph 6:16).   

Q:    What does it mean to be "Confident?"

A:    It means to be or "Convinced" in something.  It is to be "Certain" or "Sure" of something - having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty.

We are told in the Book of Philippians to have this "Confidence" as well because God is going to finish His work in each of us who accepts Jesus.

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; Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

It is through our believing the promises of God contained within His Word that we become "Self assured" - we have a confidence in our self worth.  We need to "Know" that He has placed a very valuable worth upon each of us - so much so, that He allowed His Son to die for us.

Quite literally, it is this properly placed "Confidence" in God and His promises to us that will make up the foundation of our attitudes and actions.  

  • We can know with confidence that God blesses us for patiently endure testing and temptation, and that afterward we will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him (See James 1:12).
  • We can know with confidence that even if we are persecuted for our faith in Christ (This is how we are declared righteous), we will inherit the Kingdom of God (See Matthew 5:10).
  • We can know with confidence that that God will take every mistake that we have made and use it together for good (See Rom 8:28). 
  • We can know with confidence that when we share God's Word, it will accomplish what He intended and it will not come back void (See Isa 55:11).

Hey Christian, God doesn't desire for us to aimless wander around wondering if we will burn in Hell, or live eternally with Him.  He doesn't desire for us to live in fear, doubt, anxiety or apprehension about our future.  It is not His desire for us to wonder if we have done enough good works to be saved.  

Q:    Could you imagine playing baseball for a manager who left you wondering if you'd have a future with the team if you struck out the next time you went to bat?

Here me in this today; it is God's desire for us to be confident in our salvation and our eternal future.   He has given us promises to ensure our peace of mind.  That is why we have been given His Word with over 3,000 promises to us.  He wants us to have a peace about this and to trust Him.

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

But to have this "Perfect Peace," or to "Know with confidence" that we are saved, we must first properly place our confidence in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.

I want to encourage you today if you've made that profession; live today with confidence and assurance; come boldly to the presence of God and fellowship with Him.  Don't live your life like a batter fearing to strike out - live it fearlessly; knowing that God is going to insure your success in making positive contact when you are up to bat on His team.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to our assurance of Salvation?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself doubting your salvation?

APPLICATION: Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  Get rid of these thoughts and replace them with the truth of God's Word - now think on these truths.

Father, Thank You for the assurance of my salvation.  Thank You for allowing me to place my confidence in what Jesus has done on the cross.  Help me to live my life in truth; taking every thought captive Lord that comes against what You have taught me in Your Word.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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