“Lord, let me recover my sight.” Luke 18:41 Bartimaeus’ story shows how God opens the door of hope for broken lives. Notice the pattern—believe, ask, receive: 1) Bartimaeus believes in Jesus. 2) His faith leads him to a specific kind of asking, and 3) as a result, he receives a wonderful...
If you’ve been taught that it’s inappropriate to have a joyful confidence in God, consider the witness of the Bible. Note the tone.
I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken (Psa. 16:8).
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psa. 73:26).
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God (Job 19:25-26).
Wouldn’t you want to have that kind of assurance in your death?
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:38-39).
We are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord (2 Cor. 5:6)
I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day (2 Tim. 1:12).
That is the assurance of faith. It is beautiful—a full-grown confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Don’t you want to have more of this in your life?