It All Comes Down to Confidence…

Hebrews 10:35-36
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

One can say that the Book of Hebrews is definitely a book of inspiration in a time where things were not looking so good for the early Church. We’re talking about perilous times in which Christians were being persecuted just for being Christian. At that time, some of the early Christians had gotten so scared and so fearful of their own lives, that they thought that the best thing to do was to go back to sacrificing animals at the altar. This is when the writer of the Book of Hebrews sends a message to the Church. When we look at chapter 10, we can see where the writer tells them that going back to the old way of doing things is not really a good idea. Let’s look at verses 1-4:
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
What the writer is saying here is that that law was just a shadow of good things to come—meaning, it was just a preparation of the good things that were in store for the entire world. Also, he is reminding them that not only are the sacrifices no longer any good, he goes on further to say that it’s no longer even possible for these sacrifices to take away sins. This is when the writer also gives a remedial course in just who would be the One to take away sin. Then, he gives the church some much needed inspiration and a very much needed pep talk in verses 35-36:
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
There are a few points I want to share with you today. The first thing we have to realize is that confidence can and will be lost when we are faced with adversity. The early church was definitely facing adversity and, most often, certain death back then. However, today’s church may not be facing a den of lions, or we may not be cast into the middle of a arena to die for sport but, rest assured, we are talked about, mistreated, criticized, ridiculed, and called every name in the book just because, we’re saved and, that can cause you to lose your confidence. How many times have you sat in a company of other folks while at work or while at school and, once the folks found out you were saved, the conversation changed? What about the looks you got? The attitudes they gave because they thought that YOU thought that YOU were better than they are? All of these things can cause you to lose your confidence. Well, just what exactly is confidence? Here are some meanings:

con•fi•dence
[kon-fi-duh ns] Show IPA
noun
1.
full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing: We have every confidence in their ability to succeed.
2.
belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance: His lack of confidence defeated him.
3.
certitude; assurance: He described the situation with such confidence that the audience believed him completely.
4.
a confidential communication: to exchange confidences.
5.
(especially in European politics) the wish to retain an incumbent government in office, as shown by a vote in a particular issue: a vote of confidence.
When we look at our own lives, there have been times when we may have lost confidence in something. It may have been your ability to trust someone or it may have been your own abilities. I remember, back in basic training in my Army days, there the week where we had to go on, what we called the confidence course. In this course, there were several obstacles that you have to climb over, crawl under, run through, swing across, and overall negotiate just to get to the end of the course. The first few days, the drill Sergeants would take us to each obstacle and do each one just to show us how they were to be negotiated properly and safely. Well, when it was finally time for us to go through the course ourselves, you could start to see just who was, or in some cases who wasn’t able to make all the way through. That was not a real big deal because we just have to go through it over, and over and over until we were all able to cross. What I’m trying to tell you today is, yes, this road is going to get rough, and sometimes there will be a whole lot of obstacles in our way but, this is what this life is all about. Life was never to be easy just because you gave your life to Christ. In fact Jesus said that we will be persecuted for His sake but, that’s just part of the confidence course. There are some obstacles that we can’t get over the first time. That one addiction that you can’t shake, or maybe it’s that lazy attitude that you have been trying to get rid of since New Year’s Day. But the one thing I can say about Life’s Course is, if you mess up one obstacle you still have a chance to go back over, and over, and over until that day when you can get off of that bad habit you have, change your funky attitude, treat people they way they ought to be treated and even come back and start worshipping on more than just the Sunday you come, depending on who is singing or even who is preaching.

We know that there will be a confidence course throughout this life. We can sometimes, lose our confidence but, we know that we cannot afford to throw away our confidence. The reason why is because there is something inside of the confidence that we need to hold on to. Verse 35 says that there is a “recompence of reward…” That means there is something in it for you if you hold on to it. If you look at the word recompence, this is what you will see:
1 a : to give something to by way of compensation (as for a service rendered or damage incurred)
b : to pay for
2 : to return in kind : requite

In other words, don’t throw away your confidence because it pays to be confident. When we were on that confidence course in basic, we were not timed on this course. The reason why we were not timed was because they instructors wanted each and every one of us to make it through the course. When they say that we had the confidence to make it through the course we gained our confidence. When we gained our confidence, we were able to help our buddies out. When we were able to help our buddies out, we ALL got through the course. And when were all got through the course, we were ALL able to graduate. In other words, there was a reward at the end of that course. IT PAID TO HAVE SOME CONFIDENCE!!!

When you are on your job and you make that deadline, you made it because it paid to have confidence.

There was no way that David should have beaten Goliath but he did because it paid to have confidence.

The Hebrew Boys should have been burned to a crisp but they came out unharmed because it paid to have confidence.

The walls of Jericho should have never come down with just a few horns and flutes but they marched around that city seven times and shouted with a loud voice and brought those walls down because it paid to have confidence.

The woman with the issue of blood was able to get to Jesus to touch the hem of his garment. She was healed because it paid to have confidence.

Darius knew his child was dead but he still when to Jesus because it paid to have confidence.

That thief on the cross knew he was going straight to hell what he had done but he wanted to be remembered when Jesus went into His kingdom because it paid to have confidence.

On the day you gave your life to Christ after you couldn’t go on this journey by yourself any longer, your name was written in the Lambs Book of Life because it paid to have confidence.

It surely does pay to have confidence but we have to remember that we can’t have the confidence without grace and mercy. See, there one thing we have to remember is that grace is something you cannot afford, and, mercy is something that you cannot do without. Jeremiah said:,

Lamentations 3:22-24
22 It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
God’s mercy is ongoing and it never runs out. In fact, if you really look at God’s mercy, there is no expiration date on it. That’s because it’s new every day we wake up. Every morning you wake up you have some new grace and some new mercy. If that doesn’t give you more confidence, there is something wrong somewhere.

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