Are You Persuaded?
Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39. nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Apostle Paul made this declaration of his faith, he was absolutely persuaded in the faithfulness of God to keep him. One definition of persuasion is to be convinced. This is a question that is being asked now by many today. How can I become convinced? Someone recently asked me this question and I certainly appreciated their honesty. This is always the first step in getting understanding, we have to be honest with ourselves and realize maybe I don't have all the answers. We all want to have faith that is strong and steadfast, but how do we get that way?
He said in His Word that He will keep us in the palm of his hand. The question we have to ask ourselves is, do I really believe this? Has that quiet assurance that I used to have dissipated? What can I do to overcome, how can I get my confidence back? Has fear and worry caused me to lose my confidence? In these very troubled times everything that can be shaken will be shaken. However, this is not a cause for fear but an opportunity grow in grace and truth, as well as an opportunity to increase in confidence as we see God's absolute faithfulness revealed toward us. He loves to show Himself faithful to those who will simply trust in Him.
When I was a young Christian I heard a minister talking about having strong faith in God and he had many stories of God's absolute faithfulness. After hearing several messages from this Evangelist, I realized I didn't truly believe like that. The truth is I had so little teaching that I hadn't had a chance to really learn anything. I was being honest with myself and with God. I went before the Lord about it and told Him that I didn't believe like ...
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