Confidence Through Faith

Confidence is self-assurance brought about by believe that you are in the right direction on your journey. When you are confident, you are buoyed with certainty that there will be a reward in what you are doing and it is a path you are not ashamed even though it may not be seen, accepted or even celebrated by those who are around you.

For every journey we take, there must be preparation in consideration of the length, time needed, resources, company, weather, mode of transport etc. and in the end, destination and expected achievement or purpose of the journey.

For 400 years, God prepared His people through the hands of their slave masters for the promise He had given their father Abraham. They were taught hard work in slavery; they were taught love and brotherhood through common suffering. They were taught to fight together and for each other. Throughout the stay in Egypt, they were also exposed to many foreign gods and later saw those gods and their powers drowned by the power of the almighty in the sea as they attempted to recapture those who God had set free.

In the same way, God has set us free through our Lord Jesus Christ and even though the enemy may pursue us to the point of near giving up, in the end victory will come and we shall walk to freedom and to the promised land as the enemy drowns under the mighty hand of our protector.

Little thorns

In our first sermon, we talked about the “Battle within” and we saw the struggle with the flesh. In our second sermon in this series, we talked about “Trusting God Despite” and we saw that God has a Plan; He has His own timing; and He has His own reasons for everything He does or allows to happen. These two sermons taught us how the journey of faith can be challenging. The heart is willing to keep to the narrow and straight, but the flesh yearns for an easier and quicker route. The truth is that our biggest struggle is not the big things, but we fall to the little obstacles along the way. The children of Israel wrestled with God over food and water. This is despite the fact that He won their battles against the warrior tribes that would have defeated them and cut their journey short to the promised land.

In Deuteronomy 29, the Lord renewed His covenant with Israel which He had entered 40years earlier at Mt. Sinai (Ex 19;20). God had promised to bless the Israelites by making them a great nation through whom the rest of the world would know God. In return, the Israelites had promised to love and obey God in order to receive both physical and spiritual blessings.

 

 

  1. Entitlement: Deut. 29:7-8; “When you reached this place, Sihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan came out to fight against us, but we defeated them. We took their land and gave it as an inheritance to Reubinites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh.” The Lord fights our battles and gives us victory but that does not give us entitlement to demand of God at our whim. God has a plan; He has a timing and has a reason for every season. Sihon and Og refused passage to the Israelites and God gave them over to His people in a humiliating defeat. God asks us to obey, to follow His plan and he will give over our enemies.

 

 

 

 

We thank you for your tithes and offering and for the i-belong project. May the Lord help you to remain faithful. We appreciate that the times are difficult, but you know what? God does not ask you to give out of your abundance but out of a pleasant and willing heart. The sacrificial giving attracts the attention of God like the woman with two coins who Jesus called blessed.

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and what we do not see. Faith is the confidence based on past Godly encounters that God has not left or abandoned us. We are sure and certain that the God who began with us this season and always, will secure the end however difficult it becomes. Thomas-the disciple of Jesus believed when He saw and touched the hands of Jesus. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

Jesus is real, He saves; Believe today.

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