Why can the Christian be confident in adversity?

In "God's Word for Today" William Snider writes:

In times of difficulty, Christians have access to the grace which will enable us to stand. Remember that Peter said that our God is the God of “all grace” – all kinds and as much as we need. Are you drawing from that grace today – moment by moment? What kind of grace do you need today? Would you want to share your need with your class? We rejoice even in tribulation because “we know” that God is purposefully working in our lives to build character and confidence in Him. Consider the testimony of Job – “He knoweth the way that I take . . . I shall come forth as gold.” The rejoicing is not in the pain, but the knowing. In contrast to our one-time alienation from God, we now are enjoying His love communicated to us by the Holy Spirit.

Source: Studies in Romans: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 17.

2016-12-16T09:00:00+00:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

Why can we cry out to God with confidence?

"Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee" (Psalm 86:2).
In "Biblical Perspective" Gordon Snider writes:

God has promised to preserve His people (Isa. 49:8). Often in the Psalms God is praised for this quality. Here David asked for God to be his guard and watchman so that his life would be saved. In previous lessons we have focused upon the faithfulness (steadfast love) of God to those who are in a covenant relationship with Him. The word here is the same; only this time it is used of man's faithfulness to his side of the covenant. The claim of the psalmist was not a boast of superiority, but a plea of sincerity. It was a plea based upon his covenant relationship with Yahweh. It might say, “Lord, I am one of your children. I have done what you asked me to do!” Save . . . that trusteth in thee. Here again David gave God a motivational statement for answering his prayer. He claimed a unique relationship between those who trust in each other.

Source: Studies in the Psalms: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 53.

2016-10-29T09:00:00+00:00October 29th, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: , |0 Comments

How Can the Christian Be So Confident?

"Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident." (Psalm 27:3)

In "Word Focus" Danny McCain writes:

The word confident in verse 3 sheds some insight into why the psalmist was not afraid. It is the word batach which “expresses that sense of well-being and security which results from having something or someone in whom to place confidence” (Theological Wordbook of the O.T.). The word does not seem to have the basic connotation of “faith” in the evangelical sense. Rather it describes a feeling of security and safety. It is used in Judges 18:7: “Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt . . . quiet and secure.”

Source: Studies in the Psalms: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 22.

2016-09-22T09:00:00+00:00September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments


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