[Now to Him who is able…]
The devil is good. (Wow, that’s a misstatement!)
What I mean is this: he’s good at what he does. Confusion is the name of the game, and boy has he been trying to do a number on me. Guess what? Long-term, it’s not going to work.
Satan knows how much I care for people. He knows that I don’t want to do anything that hurts anyone, but at the same time, I do understand that there are also times when that sorrow serves a purpose. (2 Corinthians 7:8-9) My own sorrow serves a purpose too. (Ecclesiastes 7:3-5)
Nevertheless, the devil uses my heart against me every chance he gets. He’s good at twisting Scripture and causing confusion. On a good note, this should make me more careful to move on things. However, because I am still learning, I do trip over myself anyways. (Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!)
As I learn from every mistake, however, I gain more confidence in the Lord because He’s the one who helps me out of every jam. Confidence and dependency on Jesus is definitely something that the devil would like to steal away from me, but he can’t. Oh, he’s good at getting me to take my eyes off the Lord (momentarily), but nothing can separate us from God’s love. (Romans 8:38-39)
I am confident in You, Lord! Help me to be even more confident as I navigate my mazes and walk my Tight Ropes!
“Do not be afraid of being too confident, if your confidence is built on God, and not on yourselves; but be afraid of being too diffident, and be afraid of having a great deal of self-righteousness masquerading under the guise of such a profound consciousness of your own unworthiness that you dare not call yourself a child of God. It is not a question of worthiness or unworthiness. It is a question, in the first place, and mainly, of the truth of Christ’s promise and the sufficiency of Christ’s Cross; and in a very subordinate degree of anything belonging to you.” –MacLaren’s Expositions on 1 John 3:1
I was becoming so discouraged, but why? after all, I have Jesus on my side, right? The devil will use confusion, but we have peace in the Lord.
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” –1 Corinthians 14:33
I knew what I needed to do. To cut through this maze I needed to pray and ask the Lord for help. I don’t have a problem with this! As the song goes, I ain’t too proud to beg. If I have to, I’ll bug Him all hours of the day until my help comes. (Luke 11:15-13)
Mercifully, that help did come when the words “…to Him who is able…” went through my mind. (Thank you, Holy Spirit! <3) This reminder comforted me and brought me hope and peace again.
Why should I be so afraid of making mistakes when my Jesus has got this? That’s a good question! I may stumble, anyways, but He’s got that covered as well.
We have forgiveness as we confess and repent of our sins. (1 John 1:9 ) Therefore, as we depend on Him, we can be confident that He will present us as blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy. (Jude 24-25) (I put the Emphasis on the HE WILL and blameless because it’s not our strength at work, but His. Philippians 2:13 ) That’s grace.
For His Good Pleasure
“…and He is as willing as He is able; it is His Father’s will He should keep them, and in that He delights; and as He has undertook to keep them, He is accountable for them; besides, He has an interest in them, and the greatest love and affection for them; to which may be added, that the glory of the Father, Son, and Spirit, in man’s salvation, depends on the keeping of them: and what He keeps them from is, from falling by temptations, not from being tempted by Satan, but from sinking under his temptations, and from being devoured by him; and from falling by sin, not from the being or commission of sin, but from the dominion of it, and from the falling into it, so as to perish by it; and from falling into damnable heresies; and from the true grace of God, and into final impenitence, unbelief, and total apostasy.” (Biblestudytools.com commentary)
Doxology: a public worship formula of praise to God
Now to Him who is able to teach, remind, intercede, convicts us of sin and righteousness, comfort and council all through the Holy Spirit who the Father has given to those who ask, so that we may confidently and joyfully serve His Son, to Him be glory, honor and all praise, for always! Amen.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” –Jude 24-25 See also: Ephesians 3:20-21 and Romans 16:25
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