13 Apr A Confident Christian
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?–Romans 8:35
I have come to understand that as Christians our confidence grows when we consciously dwell on and study the word of God. And beyond memorizing scriptures, we are committed to practising what is written in God’s word. Only then can the word be planted on the soil of our heart and bear precious seeds (see James 1:22-25).
Who is a confident Christian? The Holy Spirit questioned me while studying the scriptures. Without a doubt, I boldly replied that a confident Christian is she who loves God, does His work, has His kingdom at heart, goes to church, maintains peace with her family and neighbours. Also, gives to the needy, reads her bible, and has a fervent prayer lifestyle.
Amazingly, as beautiful as my responses were, they weren’t the right description of a confident Christian. Curiously, I asked the Holy Spirit to tell me exactly who a confident Christian was. He (The Holy Spirit) directed me to the book of Romans 8: 35-39, therein lies the answer I seek.
Apostle Paul revealed exactly what it meant to be a Confident Christian, we saw this portrayed through his experience to preach the gospel of Christ to the ends of the earth. He encountered so many trials and persecutions along the way but amidst this all he declared
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, 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.– Romans 8:38-39
Therefore, a confident Christian is she who is unashamed of her faith, proclaims Christ publicly. Also, she will never compromise her standard in God no matter the situations surrounding her, because she believes in her God to always come to her rescue. He might be late, but I tell you, he is always right on time. Romans 8: 37; No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
It’s disheartening how many Christian women deny their faith in the face of obstacles, which appeared as though the end has come. Countless women give in to the devil’s counsel when their marriages aren’t going right. Perhaps, when their family is falling apart. However, Yours may be because of your children, your health, or your career. Through all these, none is worth denying your faith.
I heard of a committed Christian woman, who at work intentionally compromised her stand in Christ, manipulated figures at the office to clear her family bills. However, six months after the incident, she was caught, lost her job, and had to face a series of trials at the court. She wished she had not compromised her trust in God to provide for her family’s needs.
Lots of trouble could be averted from our lives and family if we become confident Christians, bold enough to turn to God when things don’t go as planned. Let’s grow to the point where we can boldly declare; what can separate us from the love of the father? And stop developing cold feet when it seems the devil is having an upper hand, just as Peter did. (See Matthew 26: 69-75)
Furthermore, a confident Christian wouldn’t let a day go by without telling someone about the Goodness of Jesus and how proud she is that Christ paid all our debt and reconciled us back to the father, and has given us eternal life.
I dare you to become a confident Christian, don’t let a day go by without encouraging a brother or sister in faith. In short, cultivate the attitude of thanksgiving to God Almighty for all the good things He has been doing irrespective of your circumstances.
Praising God when the devil expects you to mourn is one of the attributes of a confident Christian. Remember Paul and Silas while they were in prison? These two men got their freedom miraculously while they engaged in praising and dancing unto God, despite the sorrow and pain they found themselves in. (See Act 16:25-40).
Look beyond your problems and see the light which is at the end of the tunnel. Rather than doubting God, practice more of Philippians 4:6; Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Happiness Hassan is obsessed with godly lifestyle and loves sharing her faith with other women unashamedly.