I'VE GOT CONFIDENCE
I John 5:l4-l5
INTRO: Confidence means freedom of speech; we can come to the Father freely and tell Him our needs. Closely coupled with the subject of prayer is the subject of boldness before the Lord. In I John 2:28, he talked about having confidence before Him and not being ashamed at His coming. In I John 3:2l, we are told that we can have confidence toward God. Again in 4:l7, we are told that we can have boldness or confidence in the Day of Judgment.
I. IN THE PERSON OF MY PRAYER LIFE V.l4
"in Him" - toward or before; it is a preposition of the most intimate contact and it means that when we engage in prayer, we get very close to God.
ILLUSTRATE: Hebrews l0:l9, "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus."
Romans 5:2 "By whom we have access into this grace wherein we stand."
God is accessible!
Matthew ll:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
In Matthew 6:26,30 the Lord Jesus reminds us that the heavenly Father, who looks after the birds of the air and the grass of the fields, looks out for us.
Hebrews 4:l4-l6 "Seeing, then, that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, The Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Between God and the sinner was a barrier that man could not penetrate. After His death, Christ, as our priest, parted the veil so that we were given free access to the presence of God.
With this in mind, "Oh, what peace we often forfeit; oh, what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to Go ...
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