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Walking in the Confidence of God

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Sermon shared by Terry Laughlin

October 2005
Summary: Those who walk in the confidence of God have the marks of contentment. They live a life without covetousness, they are satisfied with what they have, and they experience the constant companionship and care of Almighty God. There is that confidence that t
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for the very sum of money that would buy all the supplies needed to do His work. In His timing He has always raised the money through friends who also know of my Lord. The amount of money they gave me has always been exactly what I asked for, without anyone but the Lord knowing what the need was. I, therefore, claim to know the Lord who sees and provides.”

Christians who walk in the confidence of God have allowed Him to show Himself faithful. They rest upon His providence and sovereignty knowing that He always does what is best.

Transitional Sentence: Christians can walk in confidence, not just because God exists and has providential control, but because He is also a personal God. Psalm 147:10-11 says, “His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”

God is never portrayed in Scripture, as people often describe Him today, as an ever-present energy or force. God shows Himself to be personal in relationship. Scripture shows this relationship between Father, Son, and Holy Ghost and expresses His desire to have a real relationship with the redeemed children of God.

Song of Solomon 7:10 presents a wonderful truth in regard to our relationship with Jesus Christ. It says, “I belong to my lover and his desire is for me.”

The primary concern for those who will read Song of Solomon is that its application is a picture of the beautiful love relationship between the believer and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Thru the Bible; Matthew Henry; John Wesley Notes) It is the picture of Christ and the church and depicts the communion of Christ and the individual believer. This passage of Scripture portrays the love of Christ for the individual and the soul’s communion with Christ.

These are the words of those who are confident in their marriage relationship with Christ. They rejoice in the fact that the Lord’s desire is for them and these Christians are so illuminated with that fact that they speak out as the apostle Paul did. He writes with great boldness, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

The relationship the Lord is looking for is the one in which Christians say, “I am my beloved’s, not my own and I am entirely devoted to Him and I am owned by Him.” Christ’s desire was so strong toward God’s chosen ones that He came from heaven to earth to seek and save that which was lost. He paid the ultimate price for His bride. Someday He will return for those who are left upon this earth. Be sure to catch the heart of Jesus as I read a portion of His prayer for all believers. Jesus prayed, “Father, I want those you have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory you have given Me because you loved Me before the creation of the world.” Those who walk in confidence have allowed the Holy Spirit to place a heartfelt desire within them to be in fellowship with Christ.

They’re not like the couple who went for marriage counseling. The wife’s major complaint was that her husband never said, “I love you.” When the counselor asked him about this he replied with, “When we got married 30 years ago, I told her then I
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