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By BARBARA BROWN
Are you sure?
You can be. There is a way to live life that leads to confidence and a blessed assurance. Let me explain. I admit my life has been hard, and my soul has known sweet and bitter times, but I have learned to turn my cares into prayers. And I’ve learned to pray and believe for the answer not just because I asked, but because I’ve found his promise for my specific situation. My confidence has solidified through relying on God and his word. At first, I couldn’t find the answers that I needed, but spiritual leaders delivered the good news to me. And then they taught me to study to discover for myself the riches of God’s unfailing love. By turning my heart to God daily and meeting with him through reading his word I’ve gained a firm, trusting relationship with him. Hebrews 10:22 encourages us: “Let us draw near with a sincere heart in the assurance that faith brings, because we have had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.”
This firm trust that I claim to possess has grown from learning how reliable God is. Troubles would leave me feeling vulnerable, making me question “What is the purpose of life and why do I exist?” I discovered God’s heart when I took my questions to him. He presented himself to me as the father my soul wanted to love and admire. But I had to study to know the promises of God before I could observe his faithfulness. “Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end.” Lamentations 3:22
Now I can recognize God as the eternal promise maker and faithful promise keeper that he is. This is what the heavenly father did because his goal was to create a family when he made us. Families are built on trusting relationships. That’s why God calls on us so many times to trust him. Over 300 times we read where the lord says “Do not fear.” I lived in so much fear before I began to study the promises of God. But when I learned to apply his promises to my daily struggles, I found the peace my soul was craving. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
God promised to send a savior to us and he sent his only and most beloved son. Bible prophecies gave very specific details so we could recognize Jesus as the promised one who would save us from our sins. We read mysterious details that we can now relate directly to Christ, from his birth to his crucifixion and resurrection. Hebrews 10:23 “And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for the one who made the promise is trustworthy.”
The promises of God are meant to lift our eyes to heaven. Our souls must search beyond the stars, the moon and the sun, and way outside of our galaxy. Above and beyond our universe is positioned the majestic court of our creator God. And from there, he sent his son to gather a family for him. The first man Adam led us into rebellion against God, and Jesus God’s son restores us back to him. “How will we escape if we neglect a salvation as great as this? It was first proclaimed by the Lord himself, and then it was confirmed to us by those who heard him..” Hebrews 2:3. You can be sure!
Barbara Brown is a member of the ministry team at the Lighthouse Church of God
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.