Confidence

Confidence refers to the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firmly trust.  

Jeremiah 17:7-8

The man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed.
He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream,
it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green.
It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.

1 John 4:17-19

17 In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love because He first loved us.

We are going to need this confidence in the form of faith in the Lord when things get really bad during upcoming judgments.  Will you trust in the Lord to bring down any type of enemy attacks that come your way?  

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What will you do if some Giant comes clomping around on your property?  

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What about a demonic spirit that manifests itself in front of you, perhaps disguised as an alien (aka fallen angel)?  

What will you do if some giant Lizard comes around (could be one of Obama’s babies)?  

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Best get ready for anything and everything; otherwise you’ll find yourself needing a change of under-britches!

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Will you trust in the Lord to have him fight for you and possibly hide you in another dimension?  Consider the faith David needed to bring down Goliath.

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1 Samuel 17:45-51

45 David said to the Philistine: “You come against me with a dagger, spear, and sword, but I come against you in the name of Yahweh of Hosts, the God of Israel’s armies—you have defied Him. 46 Today, the Lord will hand you over to me. Today, I’ll strike you down, cut your head off, and give the corpses[l] of the Philistine camp to the birds of the sky and the creatures of the earth. Then all the world will know that Israel has a God, 47 and this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s. He will hand you over to us.”

48 When the Philistine started forward to attack him, David ran quickly to the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 David put his hand in the bag, took out a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. 50 David defeated the Philistine with a sling and a stone. Even though David had no sword, he struck down the Philistine and killed him. 51 David ran and stood over him. He grabbed the Philistine’s sword, pulled it from its sheath, and used it to kill him. Then he cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they ran


We also need to have confidence on where we will spend eternity.   If you died right now, do you know for sure where you will end up?


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1 John 5:13-15

13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

14 Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for.

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John 3:16-18

16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son,so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.

 

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18 thoughts on “Confidence

  1. May we all have confidence in His word.

    I love the NLT version of Romans 8:38: “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”

    Stand strong!

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  2. Indeed IT requires confidence, already here fighting in everyday Life requires Faith in the Lord Jesus. Hmm for me i guess IT would be easier to Face a giant than paying bills and making ends meet. Facing a giant is clear cut call Jesus or loose!
    Paying bills involve Faith too but unlike giants IT involves paper.

    Giants any day as long as they don’t hurt others.

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  3. Daily Devotional (05/03/2016):

    FIVE EXTERNAL TACTICS
    Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him. Matthew 26:3-4

    In the New Testament we see Satan using five external tactics against the church: rulers, priests, merchants, mobs and families—and of course, these often occurred in combinations. The followers of Jesus tend to unite the enemies of Jesus, so that quite unlikely alliances can be created. Jesus himself saw this when the Pharisees and the Herodians—two groups that never spoke to each other—got together to plot his assassination after he healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath (Mark 3:6).

    It is surprising to some that the rulers are not the biggest persecutors of Christians in the New Testament. That dubious honor falls to the Jewish priestly caste. But there is no doubt that strong opposition came from the rulers. Pontius Pilate was complicit in the death of Jesus; Herod Agrippa killed the apostle James in Jerusalem (Acts 12:2); and of course Nero initiated a terrible persecution against the Christians of Rome in AD 64—the community most think Mark’s gospel was written to encourage.

    Though it was Pilate’s order, it was really the Jewish high priest who pushed Pilate into giving the order for the crucifixion when he was inclined to let Jesus go (see John 18:31), and tried to accomplish this by arranging a crowd clemency scene. All throughout his ministry, Jesus’ bitterest enemies were the priests. And so it proved for the early church. The first flogging of Christians was administered under the auspices of the Sanhedrin (Acts 5:40), and the first martyrdom of a Christian (Stephen) was carried out by enraged clerics (Acts 7:54-59). And so it continued also for Paul, the main character of the early church, ironically a former Pharisee and a witness to the stoning of Stephen.

    But it is a sad fact that the class threatened most by radical Christian faith is the clerical class, whether of one’s own religious persuasion or of a rival one. This is not to say all clerics are persecutors. Many Pharisees became followers of Jesus, and some, like Nicodemus and Simon, were the very model of courtesy and open-mindedness. Nevertheless, in the history of the church, other “believers” have perpetrated most violence on Christians.

    RESPONSE:

    Satan uses external as well as internal tactics to attack the advance of the Kingdom of God.

    PRAYER:

    Lord, help me show love to other “believers” who do not hear Your voice but are used as tools of the enemy.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  4. Another Daily Devotional (05/03/2016):
    Call Upon God’s Resources in Your Trials
    Read James 1:4-8.

    Most of us have found ourselves at the point of crying out for help at one time or another, but it’s usually the last resort. We commonly try every device known to man to escape admitting that we need help! James takes the word “lacking” from verse 4 and ties it to verse 5, reminding us that the prerequisite to obtaining help with our troubles is to realize that we lack sufficient wisdom to sort them out! The only way that we will be able to understand these trials and respond to them properly is to ask for the wisdom God alone can give.

    When our friends and loved ones are going through trials, we may think we see what God is doing through the ordeal. But when we are the sufferers, when we are going through the fire, it is very difficult to be as wise. This is why we are to ask God for wisdom.

    As James motivates troubled believers to seek wisdom, he describes God in such a way as to make us wonder why we wait so long to reach out for His help.

    God is Good
    The Scriptures affirm that God is the source of true wisdom (read again James 1:17 and Job 12:13).

    Paul prayed “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom” (Eph. 1:17). This God who is the source of wisdom gives to all men. He is good and is not partial to any. He will always answer the prayer for wisdom. He never turns away a request. He may not always answer on our time schedule… but He always answers!

    God is Generous
    James says that God gives to all men liberally. The word liberal has two meanings associated with it. The first means “to stretch out” and pictures God stretching or spreading out His table of wisdom. The way God dispenses His wisdom to those who ask is by lavishly pouring out to them the full supply of that which they need.

    The second meaning teaches the method of His giving. Liberally is also translated “singly.” God is the opposite of the double-minded man mentioned in James 1:8. God gives His wisdom simply, plainly, straightforwardly, and individually to all who will ask of Him.

    Taken from bestselling author David Jeremiah’s book What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do. Copyright 2015 by David C Cook; all rights reserved.

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  5. Asking Wrong
    May 03, 2016 01:50 pm | Glynda Linkous

    My people, you have not because not only do you ask not, or you ask amiss, but you are asking the wrong way for what you desire.

    When you approach My Throne in prayer, you approach all that I Am. I am a great and a mighty God, above all other gods, but so few of you even fear My mighty power.

    Approach Me with reverence, with fear (for His power), and in anticipation. Look at your ways, and look at Mine. Remember I am a father who delights to correct those I love. For those who walk uprightly, there is no good thing I do not wish for you to enjoy.

    James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

    Ecclesiastes 8:11-13
    11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
    12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:
    13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.

    Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

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  6. From Bette:
    The Lord brought home to me the sins of this nation

    1.The taking out of My name of,Jesus in everything government ,home city

    2.The silence of the church,/Dis-unity and No order/A breech of the word of God.

    3.The murder/blood shed of babies and selling of body parts

    4.The destruction of marriage/family units

    5.The hidden sins,agendas,alienation and the lies,in all things……

    Finally the Lord took me back to 911 ,at that time such an horrific event happened and the churches were full, the people repented for weeks afterward AND THEN went back to business as usual……

    Is this how we do God/ ??????? we want God to bless us ,bless this country and then when all seems to settle down,sin continues and goes back to its old ways…….

    The Lord said,judgment will come,,,,,,,,,,,,judgment will come……My word does not come back void………

    The Lord said,judgment will come,,,,,,,,,,,,judgment will come……My word does not come back void…….

    Then this word came into my spirit….My Father cannot even look down at this earth because of the foul stench of sin that has arisen…. Hie does hear his people’s prayers…….

    What will it take?????How long must I (Jesus) put up with you,you perverted generation……?????

    Judgment must come ,first to the house of God and then all others…………Selah!!!!!!!

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  7. MERCHANTS AND MOBS — (Daily Devotional 05/04/2016)
    But the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. Acts 17:5

    The next two groups of external tactics Satan used in the New Testament are merchants and mobs. Merchants or businessmen represent the economic establishment and are often opposed to Christians purely because Christians are a threat to their business.

    The two clearest examples of opposition from businessmen in scripture are when Paul visits Philippi and later Ephesus (Acts 16 and 19). In Philippi, Paul and Silas ended up in jail because of the actions of the owners of a demon possessed slave girl who was healed. Seeing their source of income disappearing because of her conversion, her owners pressed a false case against Paul, and had him jailed for “disturbing the peace.” But the Scripture makes clear their economic motive, “when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone…” (Acts 16:19).

    Then when Paul gets to Ephesus the impact of his preaching is so great it causes the former members of the Artemis cult to hold a bonfire of their trinkets and shrines. A shop steward called Demetrius, on behalf of the silversmiths of the town, figures anything that reduces the appeal of the temple of Artemis is going to be bad for business. He stirs up a riot and Paul has to hurry out of the city.

    Mobs play a major role in persecution, often when an elite group cannot induce the government to do their dirty work for them. Mobs are easily manipulated. They can be believers swayed by the heady rhetoric of clerics, or ruffians ready to commit grievous bodily harm for the sake of money and excitement.

    Christians in Pakistan and Indonesia face the constant threat of annihilation of their property by mobs. A news agency journalist said, “I am amazed at how quickly a mob can get going in Pakistan. It just takes three phrases from a mullah at Friday prayers, and five minutes later thousands are streaming out into the streets bent on inflicting injury or even killing Christians.”

    RESPONSE: Our enemy, Satan, uses every tactic possible to come against those in the kingdom of God.

    PRAYER: Pray for Christians in areas noted above that they will be protected from Satan’s arrows.
    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  8. Good catch Michael a Very great article+video. This one ties into an Australian military paper i read years back where they visioned a Urban warfare situation where the population is pacified remotely by sending remote controlled robots Wlan equipped to emit a frequency into the neighbourhood that sort of turns off the civilian population so that the soldiers can do their thing.

    Good one Michael, info is key. Faith is the foundation!

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  9. Daily Devotional “God’s Great Introduction” 5/5/2016:
    Genesis 1–2

    God’s Story

    In the beginning God—the Master Artist—speaks. He calls the universe into existence—setting moons, planets, stars and galaxies in a masterful yet dizzying rhythm of orbiting and spinning. Like a painter surveying a blank canvas, his Spirit hovers over the empty earth. “Let there be light,” he declares, and light bursts through the darkness. He parts waters and calls up land. He brings about lush green plants and grasses. He decorates the sea, sky and land with fish, birds and animals. The once-barren planet dances with life.

    Then the Master Artist comes in close to shape his highest work, his pièce de résistance, the creatures who will carry the honor of bearing his image: man and woman. In a gesture of intimacy, God leans in to breathe life into the nostrils of the man. Soon after, woman is called forth from his side. God sets his crowning creations in a garden he has made especially for them, giving them one command so they can fully enjoy their magnificent home.

    The King’s Heart

    Creation is God’s great introduction.

    God has the ability to call anything into existence that he wants. As the all-powerful, infinitely thoughtful One, the possibilities before him are endless. So what he did choose to create reveals much about his heart. Out of the overflow of his heart spills a world of beauty and goodness. Warm rays of sunlight feed the upturned leaves of the waiting plants below. Powerful displays of lightning and thunder announce the delivery of life-rain.

    Creation is a masterpiece with a message. As the worker ant marches on to accomplish his daily tasks, he proclaims: “I am diligent because my Creator is diligent.” As a lion stands guard over his pride, he declares, “I am ferocious because my Creator is ferocious.” As the butterfly gently flits over flowers, he proclaims: “I am beautiful because my Creator is beautiful.” Tumbling bear cubs profess: “We are playful because our Creator is playful.”

    As God creates, he keeps agreeing: “Good! . . . Good! . . . Good!” The Artist is pleased. It is good. The King’s actions trumpet forth the foundational truth of his heart, which is also the foundational truth of the universe: Creation is good because God is good. He is good, good, good.

    Insight

    Ephesians 1:4 tells us that God loved us before the creation of the world. That means that before the earth existed, before it took its first spin around the sun, you were on God’s mind and in his heart.

    Copyright © 2014 by Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  10. Daily Devotional – 5/5/2016
    FAMILY PERSECUTION
    “…I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.” Matthew 10:35-36

    Anyone who has become a Christian in a family of unbelievers can testify to the hundreds of ways persecution can be experienced. Jesus warned us up front about this in chilling language. It was Jesus who experienced this from his own family, being chided and misunderstood (Luke 2:48), and his “own people did not accept him” (John 1:11).

    Most families in the world are not nuclear in nature, but extended, so an entire web of kinship relations are fouled up by the action of becoming a Christian. It can be very difficult to make one’s way in the world accordingly. We could even say it is one’s family culture that rejects the Christian witness. One reason for this is over-familiarity. Jesus generalizes from his experience of rejection in Nazareth saying, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown” (Matthew 13:57).

    This goes right back to the dawn of human history. The first recorded act of violence was due to family persecution—Cain murdering his brother Abel out of religious jealousy. King David bemoans the betrayal of a close friend in Psalm 41:9, “Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted his heel against me.” Jeremiah is dismayed to find members of his own family involved in an assassination plot against him; “…even your kinsfolk and your own family, even they have dealt treacherously with you; they are in full cry after you” (Jeremiah 12:6).

    In China today, if a student converts to Christianity it is the parents that insist he or she give up her faith, for fear of an inferior work placement bringing dishonor to the family. In many Buddhist societies, like Burma, to become a Christian is tantamount to saying “I am no longer Burmese.”

    It is family misunderstanding that is often hardest to bear. After all, we long for the love of those who have nurtured us. To have that love relationship ruptured ranks as one of the greatest traumas a human being can face.

    In Pakistan, a father was asked why he murdered his daughter. He answered simply, “I didn’t murder my daughter. When she became a Christian, she was no longer my daughter.” He will never be charged for his crime.

    RESPONSE: Today I will treasure my family and watch for Satan’s subtle attacks against it.

    PRAYER: Pray for those experiencing Satan’s deadly tactic of persecution from family members.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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