Living by faith and dying with Confidence

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, March 26, 2019

“He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3-4

A few months ago, a group of believers met to pray for someone who was diagnosed with cancer. At the time, the brother had not given his life to Christ yet. And although the prognosis was not good, we were hopeful because of our faith in Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, I was informed this morning that the brother transitioned to glory last Friday.

Having faith in God through Jesus Christ is not just a religious habit or practice. It is a source of strength and hope that was given to us through the Holy Spirit to go through the vicissitudes of life with confidence. Faith is a lifestyle and an identity that provides us with an eternal perspective so we can persevere to the end.

The alternative to living by faith is to live in fear. Most non-believers are afraid of death because they don’t have faith in Christ Jesus to die with the confidence that they will rise again. Most Christians, on the other hand, are not afraid of death. We don’t want to die, but we are not scared of death. For, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

In this morning text, we are reminded that we have a living hope of the imperishable inheritance we have in heaven because of our faith in Jesus Christ. That hope allows us to suffer with dignity and joy. It gives us the strength to inspire others even as we go our hardships. And it allows us to trust God when the doctors have run out of treatment options.

None of us know the exact day we will transition to glory. We cannot be so focused on death to not enjoy this life we are made to live. For as long as we have faith in Jesus Christ, we should enjoy every moment of life by going on vacation, fellowship with friends and loved ones, celebrate birthdays, graduations, engagements, anniversaries, etc. This life is meant to be enjoyed. We have to live it fully.

The intended audience for this text was persecuted, and many of them were martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. Yet they died with confidence because they believed in the eternal life promised by Jesus. Many of them were poor but rich in their faith, and strong in their hope that their eternal joy will be made complete in glory. They met in each other’s houses, broke bread with one another, prayed and studied the word of God faithfully. They had no political clout, but their lives abound with spiritual power.

I wake up every morning with faith in the Lord who died so I can live. I live with spiritual confidence because I know I’m on a mission for my Savior. And when my time comes to transition to glory, I will die with the confidence that I will see my Savior in all of his glory and will bow before him in worship with the angelic hosts watching and cheering.

In professional sports, confidence is the most important asset for success. It is confidence that turns an average athlete into a star, and a mediocre team into a championship team. When asked why he is such a good basketball shooter, two times MVP, Step Curry of the Golden State Warriors said, I have the confidence that every time I shoot the ball, it will go in. Steph has had many challenges, but through it all, he remains confident that he can win.

Christians are already winners through faith in Christ Jesus. Despite our many challenges, we should be confident that we are more than conquerors. When challenges come, and solutions are few, we have to look to the hills from where our help comes, and keep on walking by faith and not by fear.

Prayer- Father, bless those that are struggling with fear because of a personal challenge. May they have the confidence that they have already overcome their challenge through Christ Jesus.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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