Monday, May 25, 2015

Knowledge Begets Confidence

2 Corinthians 5:1-8 KJV
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Knowledge begets confidence. Faith stems from an innate knowledge. It is not the sort of knowledge that comes with education and the exposure to facts and figures but the sort that comes by conviction and the witness of God's Holy Spirit with our spirit. We know because we know.
·       How does a baby bird know it can fly? It knows because it knows.
·       How does the young goose know it can cross thousands of miles in the air twice a year? It knows because it knows.
·       How does the believer know his sin are forgiven and he will live eternally with Christ? He knows because he knows.

Knowing gives him confidence. Confidence makes him willing. Willingness makes him motivated. He walks by faith not blindly but confidently in the knowledge that he is in Christ and that whatever the result of this life, he has an eternal home awaiting him in heaven.

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