Philp 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” The Greek word peitho, translated “confident” means: persuade, convinced, assured. Paul was saying he was confident, persuaded, convinced, assured - that He (God) who began the good work in us, will perform (complete, fulfill) it until Jesus comes back. This is essential to know - especially this day in age.
Deu 28:66 says “And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life.” This was a curse. Jesus came to redeem us from the curse (Gal 3:13). Though redeemed, many Christians still practically live according to the curse. They doubt their life. They fear day and night. They have no confidence. They live in worry and fear about their life, their health, their marriage, their children, their job, the economy, the government, terrorism, EMP’s, IRS, NSA, etc. But this is not how we are supposed to live.
How should we live? Isa 32:17 says, “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” Jesus is our peace. The effect of our righteousness in Christ should be quietness and assurance. But we must believe this and meditate on it day and night in order for it to be a working part of our faith. If you don’t know what you have, it will not profit you.
Who should our confidence and assurance be in? Psa 118:8, 9 - It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. Php 3:3 - For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Pro 3:26 - For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Pro 14:26 - In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. Eph 3:12 - In whom (Jesus) we have boldness (assurance) and access with confidence (reliance) by the faith of him.
What are some things we can be persuaded, confident and assured about? Nothing can separate the Christian from the love of God (Rom 8:38-39). To be absent from the body is to be present with Lord (2Cor 5:6-8). As a believer, your last breath in this body will be followed by your first breath in the presence of Jesus. If we ask anything of God according to His will, He hears us and answers us (1Jn 5:14-15). No food is unclean, but if your conscience condemns you for eating it, it is unclean to you (Rom 14:14). Jesus will return one day and judge the world in righteousness (Act 17:31). It’s not if but when. I beg you to repent and be converted today if you are not born again. You do not want to be on the wrong side of the judgment.
Your confidence in Christ will strengthen others. We need to be bold. Php 1:14 - And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Act 28:31 - Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. Paul’s bold preaching and imprisonment didn’t shut the Christians up! Instead, they were more confident than ever. The more the righteous were told “You can‘t”, the more they said “We will”. Stand by the truth. Don’t be silent. Stand for Jesus. Find your confidence and assurance in Him.
We are instructed and warned in The Bible to not let our confidence and assurance go. Heb 3:14 -For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end. 1Jn 2:28 - And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. Heb10:35 - Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 2Ti 3:14 - But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Don’t be weary in well doing. You have a great reward in Heaven for hanging in there. This is God’s promise.
What then are we to do? Rom 4:21 - And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. God will bring His promises to pass. Be assured of that. Heb 10:22 - Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 2Ti 1:12 - For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Heb 11:13 - These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Be persuaded, convinced, and assured of God’s promises. Know that you are a pilgrim on this earth, and Heaven is your home. Keep your eye on the prize, and be confident in Jesus - now more than ever. Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!