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A Confident Relationship

February 19, 2018

In order to maintain his earthly relationship with God and to retain confidence before God the Christian must live in obedience to God. Obedience is never a means of securing eternal salvation, but obedience secures present intimacy. Disobedience brings guilt and shame before God. Have you ever seen a young child who knows he has done something wrong? His guilt is written all over his face. He can not look anyone in the eye, he wants to hide, he does not want to talk to anyone because he knows he is guilty. How did Adam and Eve react when they sinned? They were ashamed. They made clothes of fig leaves to hide their bodies and they hid themselves from God when He came into the Garden of Eden.

When guilt is present there is no confidence before God. Guilt leads to fear and uncertainty. Guilt squashes the desire to come before God with prayer or worship. Guilt makes the sinner feel ashamed. The solution to shame is to address the sin. Confess guilt, repent of sin and God will deal with the shame. Jesus was shamed to bring forgiveness. The Christian needs not live in shame. The past, while it may be painful to remember, is forgiven. The Christian who lives in obedience can come before his God with boldness.

David, though righteous was far from perfect. The Bible records several examples of severe sin. David had confidence before God because he repented of his sin. God is always ready to receive those who repent. Proverbs 24:16 says, “A just man falleth seven times (the just man falls repeatedly into sin!), and riseth up again; (Perfection in obedience is not the issue. Persistence in obedience is.) but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” The righteous fall and get back up, but for the wicked there is no getting up again. Though every Christian will sin, those who get back up and move ahead in repentance will have confidence with God.

Disobedience before God always hinders the relationship with God. Psalm 66:18 warns, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”
The book of 1 John lays out the evidences of genuine Christianity. John presents a series of convicting statements which conclude that if a person says he is in Christ, but does not love others, does not hate the world, denies Jesus or lives in sin then his profession is a fraud. 1 John 3:19 says that knowing the truth will give great assurance before God. But the heart of those in sin will condemn them for their wickedness. And then 1 John 3 says, “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” A righteous heart gives great confidence in the Christian’s relationship with God.


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