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Renewing Our Confidence In God (6 of 6)
Series: Live Like Jesus
I John 5:14-21
Intro: We now come to our final message in our First John Series, taken from I John 5:14-21. We have come to know the heart of the apostle John. He is a lover of Jesus, a man with deep emotion and a broad knowledge of Jesus and the church. John has helped us to believe we can live like Jesus and love like Jesus.
I. THE BELIEVER'S CONFIDENCE
A. CONFIDENCE A THEME IN I JOHN
I Jn 2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
3:21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
5:14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
B. FOUR KINDS OF CONFIDENCE DEFINED
1. We can have self-confidence, believing we are capable of doing what we see to do and desire to do.
2. We can have over-confidence, believing we are capable of doing what we see and what we are challenged to do when in fact we are not. This is presumptuousness, believing we will succeed without failure.
3. We can have people confidence, believing in others that they will do what they have promised, and they have all the resources needed to fulfill what they say. This may or may not be reality.
4. We can have God confidence, believing in the greatness of God, His strength, His integrity, His sovereign power to do what needs to be done. We can have full, complete confidence in God. Confidence in God empowers us, engages us, and strengthens us. It is this confidence in God that makes it possible to achieve and accomplish anything and everything God sets before us.
II Chron 32:8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles. ...
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