Church of the Open Door


7/29: From Terror to Confidence: by Dr. Glenn Jago

From Terror to Confidence

Romans 8:31-39

For some believers, current relationships are complicated because of painful and hurtful past situations. The pain from those relationships may often lead to a dominating effect on their relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ. The problem often reveals itself by the believer struggling to trust God, even though He is holy, righteous, gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. The dominating effect is that they view God through the lens of hurt feelings rather than through God’s revelation of Himself. How does a believer work through those nagging thoughts?

Paul spent the first seven chapters of Romans validating the sinfulness of humanity, the grace of the sacrifice of Christ, the justification of the sinner, the sanctification of the saint, and the struggle of the believer with the flesh. Now, he opens wide the gate into understanding the full scope of what it means to be in Christ, apart from condemnation and guilt while dwelling in the unchanging love of God through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit. The believer no longer has to fear the terror of the enemy but can reside in complete confidence until Jesus Christ returns.

Indeed, the believer’s salvation is the product of the love of God in Jesus Christ that produces genuine results.

Results:

  1. Rejoicing in complete salvation – Romans 8:31-32; Gen. 22:16
  2. Renewed with confidence in salvation – Romans 8:33-34; Isa. 50:8-9
  3. Resting in Christ’s conquering power – Romans 8:35-37; Ps. 44:22
  4. Resolved with the deep conviction of our salvation – Romans 8:38-39; Ps. 16:8

Practical recommendations:

  1. Put greater emphasis on being with Christ than doing for Christ (Heb. 1:3).
  2. Be content in trusting Christ but unrelenting in knowing Christ (Phil. 3:13-14).
  3. Confidence is the work of Christ not in discovering a comfortable (Rom. 11:36).

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