Thursday, July 4, 2013

"Confirm. Defend. Grow."

     A daily prayer I offer for fellow believers and for myself is that our Heavenly Father will confirm, defend, and enhance our knowledge of Him and our understanding of His truth.

    First, we need ongoing confirmation and affirmation from the Lord that our experience of Him is genuine.  The Apostle Paul warned of "another Jesus... another spirit... another gospel" (II Corinthians 11:4).  Are we knowing the living and true God of the Bible?  Wherein we are, we require ongoing assurance that we are indeed adhering to that "faith which was once delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3).  The Lord will lead us to His Word, His Spirit, and the fellowship of His children to confirm our walk in truth as we pray for each other accordingly.

    We also need defense of our beliefs about God and His truth.  In a world of devilish and fleshly influence, believers face ongoing challenge to "continue in the faith grounded and settled" (Colossians 1:23).  Satan and his minions seek to discourage our confidence in the Lord Jesus, pointing to our own lives and the lives of others wherein it is often difficult to know and understand what God is doing.  "Hath God said?"  The devil long ago prodded Eve with the temptation to uncertainty (Genesis 3:1).  He tempts us no less, and we do well to pray for the guarding of our trust and confidence in the Lord.

    Finally, we all need to "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18).  None of us yet know anything as we ought to know, according to the Apostle Paul (I Corinthians 8:2).  Moreover, the depths of an infinite God can never be fully plumbed.  Thus, we pray for each other that wherever we may be along the path of righteousness, the setting sun of this day will find us further down God's blessed way of love, truth, holiness and the wonder of the Lord Jesus.  Yes, confirmation, defense, and enhancement of our walk with the Lord is required.  As is corresponding prayer for each other, and for ourselves.

Our Lord Jesus Christ... shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."
(I Corinthians 1:7-8)
The Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil."
(II Thessalonians 3:3)
"And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all judgment."
(Philippians 1:9)

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