Confidence That Demands Assurance

David, when still very young, faced the giant Goliath with great confidence, when Israel’s strength had failed before him. With only a sling and five stones he dared to confront Goliath who was completely dressed for war. A shepherd who only knew to deal with sheep, knew nothing about war. But David was a man after God’s heart. His zeal for Him compelled him to face the unthinkable with confidence that overpowered reasons of the mind of all. He knew that war was not his, but the Lord’s. He stood in the gap for God with faith, while the nation stood frozen with fear.  The giant had no idea who stood in his presence to confront him; he had no idea that the young man had fought and killed a lion and a bear to save his sheep.  He did not know that David was the anointed of God and nothing was going to stand in his way, not even a giant twice his size. Goliath was offended, no doubt.  Am I a dog (he asked), that you should come to me with sticks?  David, in return said, You come to me with a sword, a spear and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel (I Sam. 17:44-45). Confidence with assurance and overwhelming courage that sprung from faith, David trusted His God to deliver his nation with his sling and five smooth stones he gathered from the river. “Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord.”  David swung his sling one time, that’s all it took, and Goliath fell to the ground, dead as dead could be! Imagine that!

The feeling of confidence in whatever circumstance we find ourselves to be is a must to govern our emotions of doubt and fear of failure. Moses had only a staff in his hand to fight the Red Sea and the Egyptian army, who had come against Israel. His confidence, springing from faith, encouraged all and calmed the hearts of the nation. These were his words at the challenge they faced at that moment: Fear not; stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see them again. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest (Exo. 14:13-14). That was not an easy task. Under God’s command he and his brother had delivered Israel, but now, what to do? Red Sea in front, The Egyptians behind. The people murmured against Moses afraid of what they were facing, but Moses stood calm and confident on the Lord’s deliverance and promise. The Lord commanded the people to continue forward; Moses to lift his rod and stretch out his hand over the sea and divide it; so, Israelites would go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And behold, it happened that the sea was divided into high walls; The Israelites passed through dry ground; the Egyptians, however were swallowed up by the waters when it closed on them (Exo. 14). The journey through the wilderness with its challenges, was for Moses, a journey of confidence in God to lead the multitude of complainers and unfaithful to Him. Assured of the Promised Land God had promised to give them, his pursuit was to achieve it.

Heroes and heroines of the faith died confidently of their heavenly home after their death. They did not fail in their faith amidst persecution and their ultimately death. Some suffered the trial of mocking and scourging and even chains and imprisonment, they were stoned to death; they were lured with tempting offers; they were sawn asunder; they were slaughtered by the sword; they had to go about wrapped in the skins of sheep and goats, utterly destitute, oppressed, cruelly treated (Heb. 11:36-37). These, my friend, the world was not worthy. Beautiful lives of faith and courage, they died with confidence that God would be on the other side waiting to welcome them to their home in heaven. YAHSHUA said, For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his life? (Matt. 16:26).

The apostle John said, and this is the confidence which we have in Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, He listens to and hears us; and if we know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know that we have the requests made of Him (I John 5:14-15). Praying with confidence that God will listen and hear us is a must in our prayer life, knowing that the Holy Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance (Rom. 8: 14,16,26). The believers’ right is that we can enter into the Holy of Holies with confidence according to the Word of God. The letter to the Hebrews says, Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the Holy of Holies in the blood of YAHSHUA, by this fresh and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain, that is, through His flesh,… let us come forward and draw near with true hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith, having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water, so, let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable and faithful to His word. (Heb. 10:19-20,22).

With confidence and assurance of faith is the way the believers should conduct themselves, so that the word of God will not suffer mockery and disdain. We are the light that shines into the darkness of unbelief, bringing assurance to those who live under the power of doubt and fear. YAHSHUA said, Let your light so shine so that men will see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in heaven (Matt. 5:16). The source of our confidence is God, and He alone, for from Him do we receive our strength. Do you know whom you have believed? Do you know in whom you are relying on for your confidence? Confidence in self is like the foolish man, who built his house on sand. It did not survive when the storm raised against it. Sandy soil, as you know, does not provided a firm foundation. So it is with those whose confidence originated from self. Let your prayer be as that of David: be to me (O God) a rock of refuge in which to dwell, and a sheltering stronghold to which I may continually resort, which You have appointed to save me, for You are my Rock and my Fortress (Ps. 71:3). That’s confidence that assure us a firm foundation in times of trouble.                           

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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