1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV – Never give up! (Part 2)

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Back in March of this year, I wrote about this Scripture and the faithfulness of God. That we must never give up and turn our eyes upon Jesus. We can face the future with absolute confidence that God will order our steps and He will bring us back when we wander off on our own.

Today, I write with a little different point of view. Sometimes we face situations, circumstances, or even just life that causes us to doubt our existence; our ability to stand firm in it. Even worse to stand firm in the promises of God. Simply put we lack confidence that God will do what He says He will do. But confidence actually originates from God. Confidence does not originate in us. We cannot be confident in anything outside a relationship with God. God is unchanging and faithful. “For this reason 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 what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV)

I don’t know what you are facing. I don’t know the circumstances you look at each day. And I don’t know if I can convince anyone to trust in God. But I know this. God’s Word is the truth and through it, you will be set free. “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32 NKJV) God and His Word are a trustworthy foundation for life because He speaks the truth and is utterly reliable and consistent in His character, His revelation of Himself, His promises and His pronouncements.

The gospel cannot be subscribed to half-heartedly or in part; it must be either accepted or rejected. The gospel calls for a positive response. “For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:5-13 NKJV) So I guess the choice is yours. To believe or not believe. If you choose to believe, you will find understanding and confidence in God’s Word so that you can repeat what Jesus said, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” (Matthew 21:21 KJV)

Friend, I really don’t know what your mountain is, but you can’t give up. Turn toward God and His Word, Jesus. Set your eyes on Him and the promises of His Word. Let God’s Word transform you, encourage you, strengthen you, enlighten you, give you hope and peace. Your struggle may be insurmountable. But with Jesus, nothing is impossible. “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 KJV)   Call upon Him, and He will walk with you and your circumstance will be under His power and authority.

Heavenly Father, You are faithful. Your Word is the truth and we can place our complete trust in it. Nothing is impossible with You. Father, help us to see our circumstances and our situations with Your eyes of faith. Father, help us to stand firm in the face of uncertainty and say, “I will not give up for God is with me”. Teach us the truth in Your Word and may it reside in the center of our hearts. For Your Glory and Honor. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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