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We Know We Have Confidence Before God

We Know We Have Confidence Before God

 “We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God.” I John 3:19-21 NASB

Who is the devil? He is the accuser of the brethren. He loves to remind us of our past by bringing up our former failures and shortcomings. He would love nothing more than to place doubt and fear in the heart of the believer. In fact, the whole world is under the control of Satan. For this reason, the world is influenced to bring condemnation upon the believer. Condemnation that will bring doubt to God’s promises. Condemnation that will bring doubt to God’s work. Why else do you think Christians are so prone to being called hypocrites?

The world has rejected the truths of God. When Christians walk in that truth they stand opposed to it and fiercely attack it. Just as they did with Christ, the world tried to condemn Paul, accusing him of wrong doing. Yet, when Paul stood before the Jewish council he said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.” (Acts 23:1). Though the world condemned him, he had a clear conscience before God. When all is said and done a clear conscience before the world means nothing. The world is not our judge-God is. Therefore, a clear conscience before God means everything.

As repentant Christians who have been washed clean by the blood of Christ we walk in the truth. Jesus Himself is truth. (John 14:6). The major theme of I John is fellowship with Jesus, walking in the light as He is in the light. If we are walking in the light, we are abiding in the truth and the truth sets us free. (John 8:32). If we have indeed been set free we no longer stand in condemnation. Romans 8:1-2 says, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Since we are not condemned, we have the freedom to have confidence before God.

Hebrews 10:19-20 tells us that we can have confidence to enter the presence of God because of the blood of Jesus and His flesh He gave as a means of an atoning sacrifice. The next verse tells us where our confidence comes from. It comes from our great High Priest, which is Jesus. Jesus as our great High Priest is continually before the Father making intersection for His Children. Since we have the blood of Christ, the flesh of Christ, and the intersection of Christ we are able and invited to, “draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience.” (Hebrews 10:22). We can draw near to God.

If we attempt to put confidence in the flesh or the things of the world we will never have a clear conscience before God. We will live in condemnation and be eternally condemned. However, Christian don’t put confidence in self or the world. By faith, they put their confidence in Christ. This is faith in Christ. Through our faith in Christ and His work our hearts have been made pure, our conscience has been made clean, and we have confidence before God. What an amazing act of assurance the Father gives to His children through His Son.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Do Not Let Your Hearts be Troubled

Do Not Let Your Hearts be Troubled

The setting of John 13-17 is in the upper room for the last supper. John 13:1 states that Jesus knew the hour had come for Him to be with the Father. During the Passover meal Jesus shared this news with His disciples. This news was certainly troubling to His disciples. First, He told them He was going to a place they could not yet come, secondly, He told them Peter would deny Him before the night was over. The news of Peter’s impending denial would not have been troubling for Peter alone, but for all of the disciples. This information, added to Jesus declaration that He was about to leave them, was greatly troubling. As if the news of Jesus departure and Peter’s upcoming denial weren’t troubling enough, Jesus shared more troubling news. He warned them that the world would hate them because they first hated Him and they would be persecuted for His name sake. (John 15:18-21).
In the midst of this troubling news Jesus said to them in John 14:1 and again in 14:27, “Do not let your hearts be trouble.” With such troubling news, how could their hearts not be troubled? Within John 14-17 Jesus gave them three encouraging reasons not to be troubled. First, Jesus comforted them with the news that this world is not their home and that He will come again one day to bring them to their new eternal home. (John 14:2, 3). Secondly, although Jesus will no longer be with them in the flesh He will continue to be with those who place their faith in Him, in Spirit. (John 14:19). He said He would not leave them as orphans. (John 14:18). Lastly, once Jesus departs from this world the Father will send them a Helper, the Holy Spirit. (John 16:7). In troubling times, we too can find great comfort with these truths.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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