Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith…let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:22-23 (NIV)
Weak faith can grow and become strong. You cultivate assurance by drawing near to Jesus.
We draw near by
- Hearing the Word of Christ
- Serving with the love of Christ
- Feeding on the bread of Christ
- Declaring the praise of Christ
- Praying in the name of Christ
- Walking in obedience to Christ
These are the habits of an authentic Christian life.
Hudson Taylor was a great missionary who pioneered evangelism in China in the late 19th century. He was a man of extraordinary faith who endured great trials in his life, including the death of his wife and two of his sons in the same year (1870). His biography says:
It was under these circumstances that he discovered fresh power and beauty in the promise already vital in his experience: ‘Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst’ (John 4:14). The suggestion of a continuous habit, indicated by the tense of the Greek verb, flooded the passage with new meaning and met his long-continued need.
Do not let us change the Savior’s words [he often said in later years] it is not ‘whoever has drunk,’ but ‘whoever drinks.’ It is not of one isolated draught He speaks, or even many, but of the continuous habit of the soul… What we need is to be drinking—yes, thankful for each occasion which drives us to drink ever more deeply of the living water.
You cultivate assurance by drawing near to Christ.
What habits in your life right now are helping you to draw near to Christ? What new habits do you desire to cultivate?