* Assurance of God’s presence & power
Moses clung tightly to the shepherd’s staff as he left for Egypt to face the greatest challenge of his life. The staff was his assurance of God’s presence and power. When feeling uncertain, some people need something to stabilize and reassure them. For assurance when facing great trials, God has given promises from his Word and examples from great heroes of faith. Any Christian may cling tightly to these. (NLT)
Exodus 4:17-20 – And be sure to take your shepherd’s staff along so you can perform the miraculous signs I have shown you.”
Then Moses went back home and talked it over with Jethro, his father-in-law. “With your permission,” Moses said, “I would like to go back to Egypt to visit my family. I don’t even know whether they are still alive.” “Go with my blessing,” Jethro replied. Before Moses left Midian, the Lord said to him, “Do not be afraid to return to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.” So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey, and headed back to the land of Egypt. In his hand he carried the staff of God.
* Assurance of answered prayer brings peace
Sleep does not come easily during a crisis. David could have had sleepless nights when his son Absalom rebelled and gathered an army to kill him. But he slept peacefully, even during the rebellion. What made the difference? David cried out to the Lord, and the Lord heard him. The assurance of answered prayer brings peace. It is easier to sleep well when we have full assurance that God is in control of circumstances. If you are lying awake at night worrying about circumstances you can’t change, pour out your heart to God, and thank him that he is in control. Then sleep will come. (NLT)
Psalm 3:5 – I lay down and slept. I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.
* Assurance of eternal life
To this man seeking assurance of eternal life, Jesus pointed out that salvation does not come from good deeds unaccompanied by love for God. The man needed a whole new starting point. Instead of adding another commandment to keep or good deed to perform, the young man needed to submit humbly to the lordship of Christ. (NLT)
Matthew 19:16 – Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good things must I do to have eternal life?”
* Assurance found in the Holy Spirit’s presence
Jesus warned that in the coming persecutions his followers would be betrayed by their family members and friends. Christians of every age have had to face this possibility. It is reassuring to know that even when we feel completely abandoned, the Holy Spirit will stay with us. He will comfort us, protect us, and give us the words we need. This assurance can give us the courage and hope to stand firm for Christ no matter how difficult the situation. (NLT)
Luke 21:14-19 – [Jesus said] “So don’t worry about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply! Even those closest to you–your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends–will betray you. And some of you will be killed. And everyone will hate you because of your allegiance to me. But not a hair of your head will perish! By standing firm, you will win your souls.
* Assurance you received when you heard the Good News
The way to be free from sin is to trust Jesus Christ to take it away. We must stand firmly in the truth of the Good News, putting our confidence in Jesus alone to forgive our sins, to make us right with God, and to empower us to live the way he desires. When a judge in a court of law declares the defendant hot guilty, the person is acquitted of all the accusations or charges. Legally, it is as if he or she had never been accused. When God forgives our sins, our record is wiped clean. From his perspective, it is as though we had never sinned God’s solution is available to you. No matter what you have done or what you have been like, God’s forgiveness if for you.
Colossians 1:23 – But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed by God to proclaim it.
* Assurance that you will share in Christ’s glory
The false teachers in the Colossian church believed that spiritual perfection was a secret and hidden plan that only a few privileged people could discover. Their secret plan was meant to be exclusive. Paul said that he was proclaiming the word of God in its fullness, not just a part of the plan. He also called God’s plan a “message . . . kept secret for centuries and generations past,” not in the sense that only a few would understand, but because it was hidden until Christ came. Through Christ it was made open to all. God’s secret plan is “Christ lives in you”—God planned to have his Son, Jesus Christ, live in the hearts of all who believe in him—even Gentiles like the Colossians. Do you know Christ? He is not hidden if you will come to him. (NLT)
Colossians 1:27 – For it has pleased God to tell his people that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in his glory.
* Holy Spirit gave you full assurance
The Good News came “with power”; it had a powerful effect on the Thessalonians. Whenever the Bible is heard and obeyed, lives are changed! Christianity is more than a collection of interesting facts; it is the power of God to everyone who believes. What has God’s power done in your life since you first believed? (NLT)
1 Thessalonians 1:5 – For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know that the way we lived among you was further proof of the truth of our message.
* Assurance of what we hope will happen
The beginning point of faith is believing in God’s character: He is who he says. The end point is believing in God’s promises: He will do what he says. When we believe that God will fulfill his promises even though we don’t see those promises materializing yet, we demonstrate true faith. (NLT)
Hebrews 11:1 – What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.
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