So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
—Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT)
Do you trust God, or have you lost hope? Without trust in God, you will not have hope. James defines this trust as being "confident.” Are you confident that God loves you and takes care of the concerns of your heart? Confident trust rises from faith the size of a little mustard seed and grows stronger when nourished with the Word through the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
“Remember the great reward confident trust gives you!" James writes. In Hebrews 10, James goes on to write of the great reward of eternal life that Jesus promises. When life is hard, patient endurance is needed. Knowing your promise of heaven will keep you focused on God’s purpose in your life. And when your life on earth has ended you will receive this reward.
Do you "get through life" by thinking of your reward in heaven or do you "enjoy abundant life" now? Abundant life is not everything being in place—running smoothly with no problems. Life is hard, but confident trust in Jesus inspires peace and joy no matter your circumstance. You live abundantly without the enemy stealing your hope and shaking your faith. "The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy," Jesus says. "My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life" (John 10:10, NLT).
You discover a rich and satisfying life through confident trust in God. This trust fuels your faith. Hope always inspires. Peace is constant. Joy always rises. Fear does not shake you. Others don't wound you. You know who you are in Jesus. You understand that abundant life comes from the new life Jesus has given you. There is nothing you can "do" to make it happen. You have confident trust because the Grace of Jesus has changed your whole perspective. You know Him as never before.
The Grace of Jesus has set you free from the lies of the enemy! Do you know it? His Grace has set you free from fear! Do you experience it? "Learn of me," He whispers, "and you will find rest for your soul!" When you learn about the precious gift of righteousness He has given, you begin to see beyond your circumstance with His eyes instead of your own. You begin to hear His promise instead of worry or fear. Confident trust rises and fuels your faith. The rich and satisfying life Jesus promises is yours.
If you are hanging on by a thread—living with fear—just waiting for heaven, Jesus has the rewards of peace and joy that confident trust promises now. This life is not just a waiting game. It is a springboard for the greatest joy of heaven. His Kingdom lives within you right now. Grab hold of it with confident trust.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher