Be Confident in Jesus Christ

Today’s message summary from Pastor Gus Brown:

How many of you are confident in that whatever The Lord says He will do that He does it–over and over again?

The Lord is the one who calls us to prosper, give us intelligence, and the ability to impart knowledge and understanding. Our ability to succeed in this area is from being empowered by God’s wisdom. We will have difficulty when we fail to trust in Him and rely upon our own knowledge and understanding.

God has kept each of His promises to His people. We need to learn to be very confident in The Lord and His promises. We need to use this confidence in all of our undertakings–major purchases like houses, cars, or even obtaining jobs. Everything that we achieve is because of Him giving the guidance and direction in our lives–provided that we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.

Sometimes we have to go back and remember who we are in Jesus Christ. He is to be The Lord of our lives in everything. We need to be prayerful that our goals and aspirations are in line with His will and be prayerful about it.

1. The focus starts with God’s Word. We need to be cautious to avoid drifting away from God.

Hebrews 2:1-4
1 We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away. 2 For if the message spoken through angels was legally binding and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, 3 how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him. 4 At the same time, God also testified by signs and wonders, various miracles, and distributions of gifts from the Holy Spirit according to His will.

God promises that he will bless you or curse you. Ultimately, as it was the choice for His chosen people that He rescued from Egypt, it is the same choice for us. Obedience to God brings blessing, while disobedience to God reaps His curses.

It is important to not get stuck in life where you are not growing in the heart of The Lord. It starts with your desire for God’s word to educate us through the Holy Spirit, and it develops us where we have a heart for God and love Him. He confirms our love for Him by keeping His promises–He sends signs and miracles for everyone to see–when we keep His Word. It will come to the point where we believe He will do what He says.

2. Drifting away can cause you to doubt Him. It comes down to circling back and remembering that God is able. There’s nothing too hard for God.

If you are not in His Word, you are operating at a distance from Him. If you are far enough away from God, you can convince yourself that you are not even saved. You don’t want to get to the place where you are doubting God at every turn.

3. Avoid dullness, or a lack of sensitivity to what is going on around you. To be dull spiritually is to fail to recognize spiritual matters that you come into contact with.

Hebrews 5:11
We have a great deal to say about this, and it’s difficult to explain, since you have become too lazy to understand.

Young people will often claim that the bible is “boring.” Keep in mind that this is not really the case. If you are truly listening to the Holy Spirit, He will make God’s Word jump off the pages and excite you. A real student is a pleasure to a teacher because of their desire to learn more. As you get more and more into God’s Word, your confidence will grow more and more about Him.

4. Don’t despise God’s Word. When God’s Word tells the truth about us, it is sinful to despise what He has to say.

5. Rebellion is the final step that begins with drifting and doubting the authority of His Word.

2 Timothy 1:12
…and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know the One I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.

Do you really know the One that you believe in? To know Jesus Christ is to know that Christ can accomplish whatever can be done in accordance to His will.

Here is an example of false confidence:

Luke 12:13-20
The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 “Friend,” He said to him, “who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.”

16 Then He told them a parable: “A rich man’s land was very productive. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crops? 18 I will do this,’ he said. ‘I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones and store all my grain and my goods there. 19 Then I’ll say to myself, “You have many goods stored up for many years. Take it easy; eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared—whose will they be?’

Our confidence in Jesus Christ is not in how much God gives to us because we think we our being obedient to Him. Our confidence develops from a richness from God in everything that we do.

Believing in God gives you the confidence to do what is right. If you do what is right, you have everything to gain.

Titus 1:15-16
15 To the pure, everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; in fact, both their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work.

There must be evidence in your life that God is leading you in your life.

Matthew 7:21-27
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ 23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’

The Two Foundations

24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great!”

A person who claims to be saved has to demonstrate his salvation in how he or she lives. A person who is doing the will of God will show it, and not just provide lip service. Satan is a great deceiver, and He draws many away from the faith. The true believer is sensitive to living according to God’s will and puts it into practice. The confidence is in living upon the foundation of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Matthew 13:10-11
10 Then the disciples came up and asked Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

11 He answered them, “Because the secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, but it has not been given to them.

The believer in Jesus Christ has the wisdom and knowledge to live in confidence for Him. He lives for the purpose to intercede for those who love Him. He will lift you up in order that you will lift Him up before others. Amen.

Hebrews 7:24-25
24 But because He remains forever, He holds His priesthood permanently. 25 Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.

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