Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I am confident

Joshua 2:11 NLT
No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.

That verse comes from the story of Rahab, who was a harlot, and she hid the spies that Joshua had sent to see about Jericho for the first time.  There were several things going on in this situation that are so awesome.

First, the people of God, Israel, knew that God has granted them this land.  It was their land, and all they had to do was act in that direction.  Not so easy because that included removing the people who are already there.  But God was on the side of His people.

Second, these spies were in a tough place as they could be killed as they were the enemy of Jericho at this point.  They still knew what God said, but this was a covert operation to say the least.

Third, Rahab is not one of the most innocent people in the world.  She's part of the oldest profession there is.  But this lady has something going for her.  She believed God.  She had faith.  Checkout Hebrews 11 to see what God had to say about her faith.  That speaks for itself and it incredible if you ask me.

Fourth, the statement that Rahab made in the verse above is telling.  She said the people are scared essentially because God is on the side of the other people.  She was confident of that fact just as the spies were confident of what they were doing.  

Are we confident like they are?  The last few days have had me checking my confidence in what I am doing and in the direction our church is headed.  What I have seen and learned and heard from God is that we are moving forward.  At the same time we must make sure we are listening close to what God says.  A bit earlier Joshua heard this:

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.

There is our marching orders.  Be confident in what God says and in how He leads.  Lead others to follow the same.  Be a leader and not wishy washy thinking that someone else will step up.  God has called you.  He has given you a purpose.  Your time is now.  I am confident of what God has said.

That doesn't mean I run over people. It does mean that I speak and act confidently.  It means that I share what I have heard and seek to move forward one step at a time.  I am confident.

We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ.

Can you say what Paul said in that verse?  I am looking forward some people who are confident in the calling God has been on this church and His work through this church I serve, The Community Fellowship.  You need to be confident in the work that you are part of as well.

Read on a little further in Joshua and see how God saved Rahab and her family because of this lady's faith.  She was confident.

I am confident.  It is not time to stop or back up.  Plus, I am so excited about what God is doing.  I am confident in my God.  How about you?

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