Confident Assurance

Gal 1:8 (ESV) – But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

Paul would never have made it as an American. In this country, it is expected that one would say something like, “While I don’t believe the gospel you are preaching, you certainly have the right to believe whatever you want.” But that’s not what he said.

He said, “What you’re preaching is not the same thing I preached and you are wrong! Your gospel, which is no gospel at all, will land you in hell!”

That is confidence. It is not self-assurance, but God-assurance.

Do you so strongly believe in what you have received from the Lord that you can stand for it and against all others who might be different or even come against it?

Gal 1:15-16 (ESV) – But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;

Here we see Paul, who knew the life he had formerly lived (v. 13-14), declare that he had been set apart for God’s service from the time before he was born. Yet, his life was nowhere near a manifestation of one who followed the Lord.

Religious, yes. Sanctified, no.

But, once again, we see Paul’s confidence (God-assurance) in his relationship to the Lord.

Let’s not miss the importance of what Paul is saying here.

We do not know for certain how old Paul was, but we know that he was a young man when Stephen was stoned (Acts 7:58). We also know that after he was saved, it was three years before he went to Jerusalem to meet with Peter and James (Gal. 1:18). So, it is safe to assume that Paul could be considered a young man as old as 30-35. But he was probably in his mid to late 40s when he penned this letter to the Galatians.

Paul was able to look back on his life, on all the things he had done, the life he had lived in opposition to God, and say that he was called by God before he was born.

Doctrinally, I can say the same thing for myself; but the reality of my awareness—my knowledge, if you will—only goes back to the age of six. I know my spiritual journey, my seeking after the things of God, began at that time; but I did not meet the Lord in a saving way until I was 21 years old.

Are you able to look back over your life and trace the beginnings of the Lord’s dealings in your life before you were born again? Not just the number of times you were rescued from some trying or horrible situation, but the times when you were sensing a hunger for the things of God even though you didn’t know what to call it.

Many believers can recount the day of their salvation down to the very moment, and that is good. But few can recall the way God led them all those years until they finally came to a saving knowledge of Jesus.

Can you say that God was leading you? Can you say how He was leading you?

When you do that, the regret, the angst, the guilt over the things you might have done or left undone begin to dissipate under the cleansing flow as you fully realize that everything about you has been redeemed.

Take a moment right now to think back over your life before you were saved, and find at least one spot where you know the Lord was leading you. Begin to thank Him for carrying you through all the other stuff that followed until He brought you into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

NOTE: This the first in a weekly posting on the Epistle to the Galatians. I am not the only one who is posting on this book. There are others who will be posting something on their blog each day of the week. We are each bringing something that the Lord gives us from chapter one of the epistle. You will be greatly blessed and encouraged, and your heart will be filled if you will take the time to read each day’s posting from one of the other saints involved in this collective effort. Put this link in your “favorites” or on your link bar at the top of your browser: http://www.philter48.com/bbs/ and make it a point to visit everyday.

9 Responses to “Confident Assurance”

  1. ckroboth Says:

    And we are off and running..

    There are many things that I can look back to in my life and see the hand of God on at that point. Didn’t see it at the time it was happening, but God was there with His hand in my life. Those times are the times that truly shape my current Faith in Christ.

    Thanks for this Dale… Peace and Love

  2. Joe McBee Says:

    Good stuff Dale. I am one of those that remembers the exact day; April 19, 1992. That was when God saved me. However, at the same time, I can look back down the corridors of my life and see His hand at work before that date and after it as well.

  3. darla Says:

    i remember the exact day that Jesus became the King of my life and my heart…but you know i do remember times before i knew HIM that HE was working on my heart, and i just didn’t get it yet. Times (many times) I would sit in silence, and my heart just ached for something..not sure what..and saying at different times….There has to be more to life than this, there just has to..

    SO happy to be doing this again with you..[ give that Gracie a squeeze for me, oh i miss you too 😎 ]

  4. Debs Says:

    It’s strange Dale. I can remember the day “I gave my life to the Lord”…but that was an entirely different day than when I began walking with Him. It was the definition between religion and relationship. Through everything I have been through, He has always been there….I can see Him in my past, present and know without a doubt He will be strong in all of my future. Even when I didn’t acknowledge Him in it, He was there.

    ” “While I don’t believe the gospel you are preaching, you certainly have the right to believe whatever you want.”

    Love this. Such a true and sad reality of what the Church believes today…

  5. Dale Hill Says:

    Carl, Joe, Darla, Debs:
    thanks for visiting. Isn’t it good to look back and see that the hand of God was guiding us even when we thought we were running?
    His love and tenacity is amazing!

  6. charread09 Says:

    My Grandmother was a Sunday school teacher si I heard about Jesus from her my whole life and loved him dearly but my parents wouldn’t allow us to go to church as they were against the “denomination”–sad but true. I first accepted him at 10- years old in a ladies backyard Good News Club but with no discipleship I wandered for many years until 1994, at age 42, when after so much tragedy in my life I fell to my knees after watching a Billy Graham crusade on TV. I know he was protecting me from myself all those wandering years but how good it felt that night when I truly knew my need of him.
    Glad to be in this study.

  7. deargod247 Says:

    charread09: i teach in backyards of old ladies homes all summer long.. i am so glad to hear that!!!

    Dale Hill: hahaha this is katrina the overcomers girl!

  8. darla Says:

    Charread09- i just read your comment to my 17 year old daughter. She just finished her third summer as a missionary for Child Evangelism (Good News Club) and did many many back yard good news clubs, brought many children to the LORD, and we both sat with tears as we read your comment. so much encouragement from what you said.

  9. charread09 Says:

    Thanks Darla and DearGod247..I can still remember begging my Mother to let me go, memorizing the Bible verses, and accepting Jesus into my heart like it was yesterday. Praise God for the work you do and your daughter Darla.


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