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Walking in the Confidence of God

"Personal God"

Christians can walk in confidence because the Lord is a personal God: Psalm 147:11 says, "the LORD delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love."

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. It is the picture of Christ and the church and depicts the communion of Christ and the individual believer. 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)

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...

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