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We May Have Confidence

January 10, 2019

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We May Have Confidence

It just feels good  to have confidence.     A feeling  of being unsure  is so uncomfortable  that we always do our best  to do something  to put ourselves  at ease again.     Most of the time  when we’re thinking  about our level of confidence,  we’re in a situation  where we’re being tested  for something — or we’re starting a new job — or possibly waiting  for the outcome of a business transaction.

Whatever our situation,  we do something   to boost our level  of confidence — like study extra hours,  strive to quickly learn all the aspects  of the new job,  or research the best strategies  for our business.

What would our confidence level be  if Jesus were to appear  right in front of us  right now?     Would recollections of all our sins be wildly flashing  through our minds  as we tremble and fear  His eternal judgment?     Or,  would we be delighted  and filled with awe  as we lovingly worship  the King of kings?

It will all depend  on what we have done  to prepare  for Jesus’  coming.     How can we prepare?     The answer  is in 1 John 2:28,

And now,  little children,  abide in Him,  so that when He appears,  we may have confidence  and not shrink away  from Him  in shame  at His coming.

“Abide in Him.”      Every day,  we need  to be in fellowship  with Jesus  with time spent  in studying His word,  meditating on it,  and praying.     And,  stepping further than that,  in love and appreciation  for Jesus’ love  for us,  we are to love Him  in return — by striving to live  according to His words  of guidance,  as found  in the Bible.

In other words,  we are to love God  as we have been loved  by Him.     Abiding in Him  is simply  loving and obeying Him — appreciating  all that God has done for us  in Jesus Christ.     As we keep on remembering  how greatly  Jesus has loved us  by suffering and dying  on the cross  to pay for our sins,  our love will grow — and our desire to obey the wisdom and goodness  of His words  will increase,  because  we will see  how awesome  God’s ways are.

Let us “abide in Him”  so that  our confidence  in Him  may grow.

Then,  resting in His love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You are my confidence  because You have done  all things  for me.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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