the foundation of our confidence

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God said “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

 

“The same God I trust for justification is in control of every single moment, of every single day, and every single circumstance.  The foundation of my confidence could not be in my circumstances which seemed to be out of control or in my income which amounted to very little or my feelings which seemed rockier than the roughest waters.  The foundation of my confidence had to be in God, in who He is and who He had revealed himself to be.  Our struggles are so difficult because the foundation of our confidence rests in the wrong place.  The foundation of our confidence rests in God alone”  Steve Bice

 

Psalm 62:1-2

For God alone, my soul waits in silence.  From Him comes my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress.  I shall not be greatly shaken.

 

“There are times that God calls us to have faith for something that we don’t know the outcome of but we are never called to place our faith in something unknown, in someone unknown.  The event may be unknown, but the Someone in the event is never unknown.  Our confidence must be in God who has graciously revealed himself to us.  A still heart before God is one that remembers that our salvation comes from God alone.”  Steve Bice

 

“Regardless of our performance we are always dependent on God’s grace” Jerry Bridges

 

“To preach the gospel to yourself means that you continually face up to your own sinfulness and then flee to Jesus through faith in his shed blood and righteous life.  It means that you appropriate again by faith the fact that Jesus fully satisfied the law of God.  In both its precepts and penalty, He fulfilled the law of God in its most exacting requirements and he did this in our place as our representative and our substitute.  He is your propitiation so that God’s holy wrath is no longer directed towards you. 

 

To preach the gospel to yourself means that you take at face value the precious words of Romans 4:7-8.  “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven and whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”  You believe in the testimony of God that there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  You believe that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.  You believe that He forgave you all your sins.  That He reconciled you to present you blameless, holy and above reproach before Him. 

 

To preach the gospel to yourself means that you appropriate by faith the words of Isaiah 53:6 that the Lord has laid on Him the iniquities of us all.  It means you dwell on the promise that God has removed your sins from you as far as the east is from the west. That He has blotted out your transgressions and remembers your sins no more.”  Jerry Bridges

 

That is preaching the gospel to yourself.  That we cannot get tired of, weary of.  It cannot become this mantra “you need to preach the gospel to yourself, you need to preach the gospel to yourself.”  This truth is true in you no matter how you feel, no matter how your week’s been.  There is great confidence there.  There is great peace there. 

 

“If God were to change, it would be the worst possible news imaginable.  He could not be trusted.  Our salvation would be called into question because we wouldn’t know if God would change his mind at any time.  We would have no rest in a changing God.  There would be no rest, no confidence whatsoever.  If God were a changing God, we may as well just pick another source of confidence.  But the one thing that sets God apart is that He never ever changes.”  Steve Bice

 

“If God varied as we do –  if he willed one thing today and another tomorrow – if he were controlled by impulse, who could confide in Him?  But all praise to his glorious name, He is ever the same.  His purpose is fixed, His will is stable, His word is sure. Here then is a Rock on which we may fix our feet while the mighty torrent is sweeping away everything around us.  The permanence of God’s character guarantees the fulfillment of His promises.  For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed by my kindness will not depart from the neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed says the Lord that has mercy on you.” AW Pink – The Attributes of God

 

“Other men build as best they may but true believers rest upon the Rock of Ages.  Their confidence is altogether beyond themselves.  Though the earth gives way and it will give way and feels that it gives way daily the believer does not fear.”  CH Spurgeon

 

“We never know what strength is till our own weakness drives us to trust Omnipotence.  We never know how safe our Refuge is till all other refuges fail us.”  CH Spurgeon

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3 responses »

  1. Well said Emily…I think there is a difference between saying “I need to preach the gospel to myself” and then actually doing it…not just a mantra as you say. Good reminders :)

  2. Once, in a department store, when I was not paying enough attention to where I was going, I felt a sudden nudge, and thought I had carelessly bumped into a fashionably-dressed lady. “Oh,” I said, “I’m so sorr…” Imagine my embarrassment, when I realized I was talking to a very lifelike mannequin.

    I remember thinking that, if manufacturers can make a statue look this real, it won’t be long before they figure out a way to mechanize them, and make them walk and talk. (This may already be the case with robots – I’m not up to date on the latest technology.) But, one of the main obstacles to walking, talking mannequins would have to be their inability to adapt to changes and solve problems which would allow them to overcome obstacles without someone pre-programming them.

    In Philippians 4:12, the Apostle Paul sounds almost smug as he sounds off on his own ability to adapt to changes and overcome adversity. “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

    Did the world’s greatest Christian suddenly have a “pride attack?” Is he bragging that he knows how to handle being mistreated and being praised? That he knows to handle getting everything he wants and getting nothing that he wants? That success and lack of success are all the same to him?

    Not exactly. In Verse 13 he boldly proclaims the “secret of his success:” “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” The Apostle Paul was not a mindless automaton, unaffected by the ups and downs of life. Instead, he had an inner strength that was stronger than anything which could be implanted in him by man. His Strength was Christ Jesus.

    When we trust in Christ, rather than in our own resources and selves, there is nothing we cannot withstand, and nothing which we cannot overcome.

  3. john – i need these reminders daily

    ministry addict – great thoughts. thanks so much for sharing that. its easy at times for me to think of Paul as some “super human” who didn’t struggle at all. after all, His faith is so firm in God, He endured awful trials and came out rejoicing every time. there are times i look at his faith and lose heart, aware that my puny faith doesn’t measure up to his great faith. thanks for the reminder that its not about his faith or mine, but our great God, who never changes.

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