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Confidence: What do I have confidence in?


Where My Confidence Is...

Where My Confidence Is...

 

A profound question asked in our midweek service at RLFC, this evening. We have been sitting under amazing teachings concerning instruction on how to  hear the voice of God.

It is our responsibility to conduct ourselves and our lives in a manner by which we will be able to hear God’s voice.  Tonight came the revelation, something I had a concept of, that came together and whole this evening, that if one lives there lives according to this world’s system we will have difficulty, even an inability to hear our heavenly Father’s voice.

The Word of God says in

John 15:19b  “Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world”   and in…

Romans 8:29-30  ” For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

Tonights message focused on how we react in the trials of our lives. We often wonder where God has gone when the things in our lives have gone haywire. The real quandry is where are we in these situations? In my last post I referred to this as well…

1 Kings 19:11-13 

 God’s Revelation to Elijah

   
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 
So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
 
You see God is not in the winds, earthquakes or the fires of our lives…He is by our sides when those things occur. And after the storm quiets and we are standing in the aftermath of our crisis, we hear ….suddenly….” my child, what are you doing here?”

You may ask, why does He ask what I am doing in this situation???  The answer is in the scripture passages…He is not in the circumstance, and He doesn’t expect us to be! We are the children of the Most High, we are not supposed to be in the midst of chaos.

The point being made is the same. As children of God we do not live according to the world’s system. We function, are expected to function, according to God’s Kingdom’s system. And how we function in our lives speaks to which system we have put our trust, our confidence in.

To remain in the Kingdom system we must remain in Faith. To remain in faith we must remain in the Word. And the Word, well that is God’s primary voice in most of our lives. The Living Word…

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

It will move our situations in the correct direction. The direction of God’s will rather than that of the world’s system.

Psalm 29:4 “the voice of the LORD in power, the voice of the LORD in splendor.”

1 Corinthians 2:4 “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,”

All of these are saying the same thing. Simply that God’s Word is alive and has power. They clearly state the the Word, Speech and Preaching are not of human persuasions…but are of Spirit and of Power. God’s Word will guide us in all areas toward what God has for us.

Our responsibility is clear. And it is our responsibility. It is to stayed focused on what the Word of God tells us to do in every single, solitary situation of our lives. No one thing  goes unseen by the eyes of our Creator. Don’t fool yourself. Even the most dedicated atheist’s life is wide open for the Father to see, and He does.  You may ask why God would focus on an atheist. Well that to is clearly explained in one of the most dearly loved scriptures. So well known that most atheists can recite it.

John 3:16-17 ” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Why God focuses on everyone, even the atheist, is stated and proved in the first sentence. It is explained to completion in the whole scripture within verses 16-21. Only Father God knows when His kids are coming home. Until then he monitors their progress. I know He did it for me, trust me, and for you as well, why not His unbelieving kids? Was there not a time when each of us did not believe.

Infact is this not really about the fact that even the diligent Christian is challenged in our believing, our faith, each and every day? Each and everyday, in our own skins and minds, not to mention by those around us?

So one must make a choice.

Faith = Trusting God = Trusting in who we are told  we are in Christ = Knowing who we are in Christ Jesus…What have you put your confidence in?

 If you are looking at the world view of life…where is your confidence?

If you are frightened and stressed about your finances and health…where is your confidence?

The bible says that we cannot add one cubit to our lives worrying. Whether the world or your experience requires you to look at the “reality” of your situation or you simply do not know how to look away, I have a challenge for you.

Listen for God. Really, be still and read His Word, with the expectation of hearing from Him. You see, God is right where He has alway been, just as I said in the last post I shared here. It is where you are that is the issue.

If in your situation you replace anger, fear and worry with reading the Word of God you will find that you begin to feel and think better. You, inately, will begin to see the situation differently. You will even realize a solution. Even if that solution is to leave it with God.

At tonights service the Pastor tapped her bible firmly and stated ” This is my stimulus package and this package does not….” and her friend in the congregation finished it…”have to be payed back!”

An amazing concept. It was also said by Pastor, sharing another friend’s quote…

“You are either standing in faith and moving forward or you are losing ground!”

both are profound thoughts.

God is a God of order. The Word says that God needs to be first in our lives for everything to be in order.

” Elijah, what are you doing here?”  God is asking us this question. We were chosen by God, no differently than Elijah!

What are we doing here?  So I ask you to consider; What do you have your confidence in? The Word of God and the Kingdom or the world system.

Are you listening for God’s voice tonight? Come on, try it! Really, what can it hurt?

Blessings.