by Rex Yancey

Confidence Is a Matter of the Heart
Rex Yancey
1 John 3:19-21

We are in a series of messages on improving our confidence in the Lord. The word "KNOW" is used many times in 1 John. It means "To know from experience." This book was written by John the Apostle and it was written to Christian people.

Our text says "For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our hearts."

If you have been a Christian for any length of time you know that your heart will condemn you. There is no way you can enjoy the victory of salvation with a condemned heart.

How can we have confidence in our heart? That is what I want us to look at this morning.

1. We must experience a radical cleansing.
"What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus? What can make me whole again, nothing but the blood of Jesus? O precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow, No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus."

-We must be saved from our sin nature. David said, "Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." Psalm 51:5 He came into this world with a propensity to sin. We all did.

-We are guilty of sinful behavior. "If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."

-There were those in John's day who denied the reality of sin. We have people today who are doing the same thing. They deny a sinful nature and sinful conduct. The problem is with the environment, or something else..

Denying the fact of sin does not eliminate its reality. Denying the reality of sin is deceiving. God is not speaking of sin from secondhand information. "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good."

It does not do any good to deny sin. The people close to us know better.

-Cleansing has to be radical because we allow sin to get embedded in us. Some of you would be saved if you didn't have to give up your ...

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