Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Confidence in Jesus Christ


"Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; 
make thy way straight before my face."  --Psalm 5:8

The psalmist, David, was hunted; his life was in danger.  He had many enemies.  But he had confidence that the Lord was a shield for him and that the Lord heard when he prayed.  He said in Psalm 3, "I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about."  The Lord was his shepherd.

We need to have confidence that God will see us through the little problems in life as well as the big ones.  We need to exercise our faith on a day-to-day basis.  Before David fought Goliath, he fought a bear and a lion.  Every time he had a difficulty, he trusted in God.  His faith grew so that when it came time to fight the giant he could testify that God had helped him kill the lion and bear and the Philistine would be like one of them.

Whatever your problems may be today, whether your enemies are temptations, worries, or fears, face them, fight them, and trust in Jesus Christ to lead you and be your sword and shield.  If you want to be a giant-slayer for the Lord, you need to face the "lions" and "bears" in your life and overcome them through the power of the cross.

"Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.  One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.  For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock."
--Psalm 27:3-5

That "rock" is Jesus Christ.  Trust in Him.  It doesn't matter how hard the winds may blow or how torrential the rains are, the Rock of our Salvation stands unmovable.  If your life is built upon this rock, you will stand firm in your trials through His everlasting grace and power.

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