Confidence of Faith

God told Saul certain things would happen after He was anointed king, including, “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.” (1 Samuel 10:6-7)  What a great start Saul had and what a great blessing he was given. Is there any equivalence or application of this to Believers today? Saul was anointed king over Israel, but he was changed into a different person and prophesied by God’s Spirit. Can Children of God have a confidence in faith knowing that God is with us? This particular phrasing of “Do whatever your hand finds to do,” is not in the New covenant, however, Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name) did say many times and ways that whatever we asked for in prayer would be granted. 

If God is with us, do we have His blessing on whatever we put our hands to? Some may offer caveats, such as, “if, it is His will”. Naturally, God is not a genie in a bottle and James warns against selfish pursuits in prayer. (James 1:5-8) Yet, I have seen an abuse of, “if its His will,” used in prayer, tacked onto every prayer as though no one knows what His will is or that faith is blind. Aren’t such prayers faithless, legalistic and purely intellectual statements, rather than petitions to a loving compassion Father God? Moreover, they have no foundation in scripture. Proponents might suggest Yeshua’s prayer in the garden of Gathsemane, but He didn’t use “if” as a condition to God’s will, but whether another way was possible. There is much instruction on prayer in scripture and it urges confidence and faith in God. The faithless, doubting, double-minded prayer is repugnant. Much of God’s will is recorded in scripture, for example, “…The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8b) We can have confidence our prayer for Yeshua to destroy the devil’s work will be answered. Moreover, we are told to enjoin spiritual warfare in prayer. (Eph. 6:10-18) There are countless promises, encouragements, exhorting, and examples to guide and build up our faith and confidence in God, before we even mention the essential role of the Holy Spirit’s lead in prayer and all we do. When we are in step with the Spirit, I believe the charge to Saul is available to us, “Do whatever your hand finds to do.” Like Saul every Believer has been born again into a new Spiritually alive person and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. In this situation God is with us and reveals His heart to us as we give ours to Him. David saw this, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” (Psalms 37:4-6) Nothing is impossible with God, let’s have confidence and faith in Him. 

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