8107 assurance, and life of faith

8107 assurance, and life of faith

The completeness of conviction and confidence expressed in the life of the believer, worked by the Holy Spirit. It derives from a reliance upon God and his promises alone, and results in boldness and steadfastness in service and in the face of difficulties.

Assurance and faith

Dt 9:3; Heb 10:22 See also Dt 1:21; Jos 1:9; 2Ch 20:17; Jn 17:8; Heb 11:1; Heb 12:5

Assurance and hope

Heb 6:11 See also Pr 23:18; Heb 6:19

Assurance expressed by believers

Assurance in adversity Heb 13:6 See also Ps 118:6-7; Ps 3:6; Ps 27:3-5; Ps 46:1-3; Ps 71:5-6; Ps 73:26; Ro 8:38-39; 2Co 4:16

Assurance of God’s promises Jos 23:14 See also 1Ki 8:56; Ro 4:20-21; 2Co 1:20

Assurance in ministry Ro 1:16; 1Ti 3:13 See also 2Co 3:4; 2Co 4:1; 2Co 5:14; 1Th 1:5; 2Pe 1:12

Assurance in prayer 1Jn 5:14 See also 1Jn 3:21-22

Assurance of God’s will Ro 14:5 See also Ro 14:14,23; 1Co 8:9-11

Assurance may be strengthened

Examples of believers asking for assurance Ge 15:8 Abraham; Ex 33:16 Moses; Jdg 6:17 Gideon; Lk 1:18 Zechariah

Assurance through understanding Col 2:2

Assurance through waiting on God Ps 46:10 See also Ps 27:14; Ps 33:20; Isa 30:15; Isa 32:17-18 The revelation of God’s righteousness among his people results in true peace.

Assurance strengthened by others 2Ch 32:6-8 by example; 2Ti 3:14 through teaching; Col 4:12 through prayer; 1Th 3:2-3 through encouragement amidst trials

False teaching weakens assurance 2Th 2:2; 2Ti 2:18

The delusion of false assurance

The danger of self-assurance Lk 18:9-14; 2Co 10:12; Php 3:3-4

Such assurance proved false by conduct 1Jn 1:6 See also 1Jn 2:9-11; 1Jn 3:6; 1Jn 4:20; 2Jn 9; 3Jn 11

See also

4020life of faith
6705peace, experience
8020faith
8030trust
8202boldness
8221courage, strength from God
8224dependence
8453obedience
8724doubt, dealing with
8823self-righteousness
9610hope

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