Confidence

  Hebrews 10:35 tells us to not cast away our confidence, because it has great reward.  The confidence being referenced is confident faith.  Many people seem quite confident about the eternal condition of their soul, yet have very little confidence about whether or not God will care for them in matters of their daily life.  The reward of confidence is two-fold:  First, as Hebrews 10:19 says, we are able to enter into the most holy place by the Blood of Christ.  The Blood is our ticket, but confident faith is our approach.  In that most holy place, we enter the intimate presence of God where our deepest needs are met.  Secondly, the reward of confident faith is that we are in position to encourage others.  Hebrews 10:24-25 command that we do just that, by being faithfully connected with other believers.  Confident faith in Christ builds more confidence, in our own lives and in the lives of others, and it is our greatest guard against discouragement.   We must know, however, that this confidence must be soundly based on God’s promise, and not our own invention.  If I say, “I am confident God is going to give me a million dollars,” I really have no basis to know that He will.  But, if I say, “I am going to seek the Kingdom of God, first and foremost in my life, and I am confident that He will see to it that I will have my needs met,” I have every right to expect that to happen, because it is a confidence based on God’s promise.

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