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August 2008: Confidence in your relationship with God
Faith is such a deep and rich topic to study in God's Word. We know that Christian faith is basically knowing and believing the Word or will of God. If we know that it's God's will to heal us, then we can receive it by faith. But if we don't know what His will is, then we cannot have faith to approach Him for our healing. God's Word tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (by feasting on the Word), so that we will not only know God's will, but be able to prove it before others:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Satan is not about to give up though. He has other tools to use against us. One of the most popular tool that he uses to attack our faith is guilt. While we may have confidence and trust in God's Word and His promises for us, the next weak link in the chain is often our confidence in our relationship with Him. Satan will try to make us feel unworthy to claim the promises of God or unworthy to walk in the authority that God has given us over sickness, disease or demons.
It's quite possible to trust God's Word and His promises, but not feel worthy or feel that we are good enough to receive those things from Him. This is why guilt is so devastating to a person's faith. It give them a weak link in their chain of faith. Any sincere and God fearing believer can know the Word of God and accept it.
One day the enemy was trying to work me over with guilt, when suddenly the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, "You need to know that you're clean... your faith depends upon it!"
It is vital not only to know the Word of God and accept it for our lives, but also to feel confident in our relationship with God so that we can receive what God has for us in assurance (faith). God's Word tells us that we ought to draw near with a true heart which is full of assurance of faith, having our hearts cleansed from an evil conscience:
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
God's Word even goes on to tell us that if we are to serve the living God, then we need to have our consciences purged from dead works!
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
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