Luke and The Lost
Confidence. We all want it. We want our children and grandchildren to have it. We know confident, unwavering people are successful in what they do. But what does confidence really mean? I looked it up…It is the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust. Example: “we had every confidence in the staff”. Synonyms: trust, belief, faith, credence, conviction. Example: “I have little confidence in these figures”
It is the state of feeling certain about the truth of something. Example: “it is not possible to say with confidence how much of the increase in sea levels is due to melting glaciers”. It is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. Example: “she’s brimming with confidence”.
What are we confident or sure of these days? Who do we listen to most and often? Who do we have confidence in and believe in? Do we live with this confidence? Do we have JESUS confidence?
Why all this talk about confidence? As we come to the end of Luke 13, we see Jesus Christ answering drama with full confidence because He is Truth! He confides to the Pharisees, who shout, “run for your life, Herod’s out to kill you!” with His mission statement. He reminds those around Him (including those who should KNOW the Scripture) of what the prophets have said about Him. Nothing rattles Jesus. He is the Son of God! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of God!
Luke 13, The Message
31 Just then some Pharisees came up and said, “Run for your life! Herod’s on the hunt. He’s out to kill you!”
32-35 Jesus said, “Tell that fox that I’ve no time for him right now. Today and tomorrow I’m busy clearing out the demons and healing the sick; the third day I’m wrapping things up. Besides, it’s not proper for a prophet to come to a bad end outside Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killer of prophets,
abuser of the messengers of God!
How often I’ve longed to gather your children,
gather your children like a hen,
Her brood safe under her wings—
but you refused and turned away!
And now it’s too late: You won’t see me again
until the day you say,
‘Blessed is he
who comes in
the name of God.’”
Think about Truth and the Promises of God so we can build a confidence that cannot be shaken…
–Tell evil you have no time for him.
–Ask Jesus to defeat the foe within you that continuously pokes holes in your confidence in Christ, in Jesus Name. And He will!
–Remember the Truth and invite Truth to live in You.
–Our confidence is in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives in those who believe.
–Promises of confidence: (Just a few to get you started!)
“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with
you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be
dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about
you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help
you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
“I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angles, nor
principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor
powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will
be able to separate us for the love of God, which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them,
because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is
in the world.” I John 4:4
“This is the CONFIDENCE which we have before Him, that, if
we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
I John 5:14
Thy will be done!
In Jesus Name, Amen! I believe.