Why You Should Have a Confident Heart

imageBy Amy Groeschel

A friend has a wayward husband, while another battles chronic pain. One good friend has a daughter who’s had several seizures with no apparent cause, and then a close family member feels extremely lonely while grieving the loss of their beloved spouse. Need I go on?

We all know that life is beautiful, grand, good, but also very tough. Whether our days are laden with trouble or blessed with comforts and pleasures, God wants us to always be confident and rejoice in Him.

Here’s my question for you today: Do you have an unflinching heart – an unmoving faith in God that, come hell or high water, is steadfastly trusting His faithfulness? For today’s post, I simply want to remind you why you should always have a confident heart.

We will start by examining the words of Jesus:

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ESV

After studying the context of the verses preceding verse 33 (we must first understand what “these things” are which Jesus refers to right?) and studying the original Greek language, I’ve written my own paraphrase. I hope it accurately captures the beautifully compassionate heart of Jesus and blesses you:

My friends, I need you to know in advance what’s coming. I want you to understand that some really challenging and sorrow-filled days are ahead of you, so that you remember peace is found only in Me – a peace that brings inner wholeness in the midst of the brokenness all around you. In this world you will have all kinds of pressure and problems. But take the bold stance of a confident and courageous heart, My child; I have overcome and will victoriously conquer the world and its system.

The bad news was really good news. Before Jesus told His disciples these encouraging words, He told them He’d be going away for a while. This news filled them with great sadness. But… Jesus followed up the bad news with this glorious statement:

“…and then after a little while you will see me.” John 16:16 NIV

Much like us, their focus was on the negative. Oh no! Jesus is leaving us! “You will see Me” are the words we should truly emphasize and celebrate!

You see, confident hearts don’t stem from our current circumstances. Confident hearts are rooted in faith in God outside of time and space; these faith-filled hearts know their future is secure, and they understand that nothing can keep them from God’s wonderful love.

Just look at the unwavering courage of the psalmists in the following passages:

Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. Psalm 27:3 NIV

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14 NIV

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7 NIV

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24 NIV

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 NIV     

He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. Psalm 112:7,8 NIV    

Because our God has overcome this world, heartache, failures, burdens, and fears have no victory over a believer’s life. Take heart. Have peace. He has overcome!

I’ve copied the powerful lyrics of the Hillsong United song, “Take Heart,” by Joel Houston. Dear sisters, I pray these truths deeply strengthen and embolden your heart.

Take Heart
There is a light, it burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night and casts no shadow
There is hope, should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails
So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again
In death by love the fallen world was overcome
He wears the scars of our freedom
In His name all our fears are swept away
He never fails
So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again
All our troubles and all our tears
God, our hope, He has overcome
All our failure and all our fear
God, our love, He has overcome
All our heartache and all our pain
God, our healer, He has overcome
All our burdens and all our shame
God, our freedom, He has overcome
All our troubles and all our tears
God, our hope, He has overcome
All our failures and all our fear
God, our love, He has overcome
God, our justice, God, our grace
God, our freedom, He has overcome
God, our refuge, God, our strength
God is with us, He has overcome
(© Lyrics by Joel Houston)

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