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Friday, October 16, 2020

Identify with Christ


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. The writer to the Hebrews 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 insight of the Holy Spirit. 


“Remember the great reward confident trust gives you," the writer to the Hebrews proclaims! In Hebrews 10, the writer goes on to share the great reward of eternal life that Jesus promises. When life is hard, patient endurance is needed. Knowing your promise of heaven helps. But do you just get through life by thinking of your reward in heaven and miss His abundant life now? 


Abundant life is not everything being in place—running smoothly with no problems. Life forces us to realize the uncertainty of this world and how our lives are upside down. But confident trust in Jesus inspires peace and joy no matter your circumstance and daily news. You choose to believe God is in control. You believe that your Father will never leave you or forsake you. You know the Lord is your protector and healer and provider. You are well aware that the enemy’s purpose is to destroy your faith but that Jesus’ goal is to give you a rich and satisfying life (John 10:10). And that abundant life is something you have when you understand what Jesus has accomplished on the Cross for you. 


“From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17, NLT).


When you know who you are in Jesus—that His abundance lives in you—you experience His unfailing love and faithfulness. You are blessed through confident trust in Him. You discover a peace that cannot be understood. Hope inspires. Fear doesn’t shake you. Others don't wound you. You understand that abundant life comes from the new life Jesus has placed within you. There is nothing you can "do" to make anything 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 who I am," He whispers, "and you will find rest for your soul!" (Matthew 11:29). When you learn about the precious gift of righteousness He has given, you begin to see beyond your circumstance with His understanding 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. It lives in you no matter what else happens.


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 in Him promises. This life is not just a waiting game. Confidence in God is found when you identify with Him and not with what is happening or how you feel. His Kingdom lives within you right now. Learn who you are in Jesus. Take hold of your identity. Whatever life throws at you, the maker of heaven and earth is your Father. He has already taken care of it.


©2020 Lynn Lacher

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