Hebrews 11:1 TPT says, “Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.”
Friends, faith pleases God.
Faith is a persuasive power that works on our behalf.
God is faith-full. He is full of faith. God actually deposits His faith in His redeemed people as part of the fruit of His Spirit, living on the inside of us. In this way, God’s “substance of things hoped for” is made available to be received in our soul, as we trust Him.
God uses faith’s persuasive power to convince us of His will.
One Bible commentary (HELPS Word-Studies) says, “The Lord persuades the yielded believer to be confident in His preferred-will (Gal 5:10; 2 Tim 1:12).” It involves our “obedience, but it is properly the result of God’s persuasion.”
Philippians 2:13 AMP affirms this by saying, “For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.”
Friends, as we grow in faith, we walk in God’s higher ways. He gives us everything we need to be successful.
Paul says in Philippians 1:6 TPT “I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put his finishing touches to it until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!”
So, friends, because of God’s unwavering faithfulness, we can choose to be fully confident in His will, His ways, and His Word.
The question is, “Do we choose obedience to His faithfulness?”
Do we even believe this?
Do we trust God?
Do we hearken to His instructions?
Do we believe He is good and that He desires His best for us?
Or do we shrink back in distrust and fear, and turn to other things for help?
Do we want our way above God’s way?
Confidence in God requires that we first be persuaded by faith that He is trustworthy.
Isaiah 30 illustrates the conflict in value between trusting and distrusting God:
Isaiah 30:7 reveals that the help the Israelites sought from Egypt, which represents wicked bondage in the Bible, is worthless. Consider this compared to the help from The Lord, who is worthy.
The outcome of choosing God’s way is guaranteed victory, whereas by-passing God for sinful bondage will lead to an outcome of disaster that shames and disgraces us, causing us to feel worthless and wanting to give up (Is 3, 5).
Friends, we are worth more than that (1 Jn 4:4).
God calls us His treasure and give us the advantage of holding our head up.
We can be confident and courageous in our decision to follow The Lord. But any action that is not founded on faith is sin and will lead to loss.
This includes fear-based decisions, where we lean toward what’s familiar to us—our own understanding—above God’s instructions.
It all resorts back to what we put our faith in.
When we put our faith in faithful God—the giver and Source of faith—above ourselves, we can rest in knowing that we can trust Him and that He will protect us as we obey Him.
We can have full confidence in our limitless, eternal God to keep us safe all the way to manifest victory.
Hebrews 3:6 TPT assures us by saying, “But Christ is more than a Servant, he was faithful as the Son in charge of God’s house. And now we are part of his house if we continue courageously to hold firmly to our bold confidence and our victorious hope.”
According to Strong’s concordance, Bold confidence, in this verse, makes reference to fearless confidence, cheerful courage, and freedom of speech. Victorious hope in this verse refers to expectation and trust.
To anticipate or welcome what is sure, what is certain (HELPS Word-studies).
Friends, this assurance of victory is our confident hope in Christ.
So, what are you trusting God for?
Is your confidence in Him above your circumstances?
It will be if your faith is in Him.
Pray with me, if you will…
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are my Treasure. Thank You for valuing me as treasure, so much so that You desire Your best for me in life. Lord, I repent of trusting my ways above Yours. I repent of leaning on my understanding, of self-reliance and self-justification. I trade in my self-reliance for Your bold assurance. I repent of all other forms of sinful bondage, and I renounce all agreement with falsehood that has come against my faith and confidence in You. Bring me deeper into Your truth, Lord. I invite You to flood my heart with Your confidence and strength (Pr 14:26). “For you are the confidence of all the earth” (Ps 65:5). Please help me to remain in You so that I “may have a joyful confidence and not be ashamed” (1 Jn 2:28). Thank You, Lord, for Your “confidence in times of crisis” and for keeping my “heart at rest in every situation” (Pr 3:26). Thank You that as I continue to believe, trust, and rely on You, and put my “hope and confident expectation” in You, I will be “blessed with spiritual security” (Jer 17:7).
In Jesus’ Mighty Name.
Friends, I pray that God will persuade you that He is faithful and trustworthy in everything He calls you to. I pray “…that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith” (2 Th 1:11). I pray that as you continue to run to God, you will experience His “wrap-around presence every moment” and that your “confidence will never be shaken” (Ps 16:8). I pray that others will observe your confidence in The Lord and will be amazed (Acts 4:13). I pray for recompense for every time the enemy of your soul attacked your faith, confidence, trust, and courage in The Lord. I pray that your confident expectations will always be full of truth, faith in our Lord, and manifest victory.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name.
To God be the glory!
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