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This is intended to be a place to store, share, and discuss thoughts about what lives that claim to follow Christ should look like. I entitled this blogspot "Simplified Christianity" because I feel strongly that so many people have tried to create a Christianity that is so diluted, convoluted, and confused that they cannot seem to locate the person God has called them to be in Scripture. I know for a fact that I do not have the answers to every single question, but I also know for a fact that God is not the author of confusion, so I make contact with His Word often to find exactly what it is He expects and then I try to do that. See? Isn't that simple? I hope you will be active participant in this blog and will be encouraged by it... Feel free to contact me in the comments or by email at srcbtwright@gmail.com

Now on to today's topic:

"Confidence"

Read 1 John 2:28-3:10

What do you see? Simplicity? Definitely! John writes about our need to be confident in knowing who it is we serve and how we can look more like Him... v. 28-29 "And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him." It is imperative that we, as followers of Jesus Christ, look like Jesus Christ. When we understand the love that God has for us (3:1-2), and we understand what sin leads to (3:4-6), then we begin to see a clear picture of what is intended for us. 

"The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil." (3:8b) This is equal parts startling and encouraging... Our Father in Heaven came down in the form of Jesus Christ, the Son, to eradicate and do away with the devil and his works. This tells me that we serve a God who has more power than we can imagine and is willing to use that power to help us avoid eternal punishment... How can that not give me confidence? If I am striving to do the will of my God as outlined in His Word, I should live a life full of confidence, not arrogance because it is not my abilities that I boast in, but rather confidence that God is a keeper of His Word. 

"But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls." (Hebrews 10:39)

"Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:28-29)

I pray these thoughts encourage you... Feel free to comment or email...

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  1. Beautiful thoughts! Keep up the good work!

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