2016-11-28 - Godly Assurance
Jesus had just learned from His disciples that His cousin John the Baptist was beheaded, and Jesus wanted to be by Himself and pray. People heard that Jesus was in town, and they followed Him a considerable distance, to see Him heal the sick. Jesus did not disappoint them.
Jesus did not neglect their needs, nor did He sacrifice His time with the Father; it was just delayed. “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.” (Matthew 14:22) This verse portrays a confident Jesus. He was proactive. This is the Jesus we run to when we are in need.
This the same Jesus depicted in Philippians 4:13. The Scripture states “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJV) It does not say I can do all things based on the strength and abilities inside me. Our confidence should be in Him above, instead of ourselves. Jesus comes to our aid, regardless of how we feel, or how many mistakes we have made. He is available to us, when we put our faith and trust in Him.
Lord, I rely on Your strength today, to help me make the right decisions and to move beyond my emotions. May I place my confidence in You, Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.