Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13, NIV Those who have “fallen asleep,” are Christians who have died. Most of us have someone dear to us who has died—a...
4. Confess contentment in Christ under financial pressure
The apostle Paul went through seasons in his life when he did not have enough to eat. He might have said, “Why did Christ allow this to happen to me?” He didn’t do that. Instead, he uses his financial pressures to confess Christ: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:12-13).
5. Confess the sufficiency of Christ in sickness and pain
Paul had an affliction that he describes as “a thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7). It was likely some kind of illness or disability. Three times he pleaded with the Lord to take it away, but the Lord said, “No.” So Paul used his own pain to confess Christ: “[Jesus] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you and my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Cor. 12:9). That’s confessing Christ.
6. Confess the sovereignty of Christ in sorrow and loss
One of the most remarkable confessions in all of Scripture comes from Job. In a single day this godly man’s world implodes. His wealth is plundered by enemies. His children die when their house collapses. Even his own wife says to him: “Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9). But Job confesses: “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21). Maybe you are going through indescribable sorrow. The fact that you love Christ still in the midst of your loss may be the greatest confession of your life. Your confession of Christ in difficulties will reverberate through heaven and hell forever.
Is there an opportunity for you to confess Christ in your circumstances today?