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February 17, 2024 | Daily Devotionals | February 17

Inwardly Certain 

And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.  1 John 5:15 


My friend’s fourth-generation uncle survived Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg. Civil War experts say this was arguably the defining engagement during the decisive three-day battle that turned the tide of the War in favor of the North. On the final day of the Battle, with things still hanging in the balance, General Lee commissioned General George Pickett to lead a charge of 12,500 men up a long, open grassy rise toward the entrenched northern positions on Cemetery Hill. All but 4,500 men were killed, wounded, or captured, and the charge failed. 


It’s a completely opposite scenario when God sends His men into battle. The incredible truth: You will run into battle more aggressively if you know you cannot lose! Then and only then do the arenas of battle, the issues, or the opposition become inconsequential. David’s personal closeness to God drove his confidence in God. How certain, inwardly, was David? Here’s how the scrawny shepherd from Israel addressed the giant from Gath: “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45). Do you detect any doubt? 


Where did that come from? Answer: Confidence springing from relationship, and faith in the promises openly spoken by God. For the record: As David faithfully predicted, the world did know just a few minutes later that all that David said came true. 


Another example of such confidence came in the New Testament man called Peter. With his new guarantee of the Holy Spirit deep within him, he stared down the Goliaths who had crucified Jesus. In Peter we see the fearless, faithful, fantastic confidence of the Spirit! God’s man is free to suffer or die because of the real indwelling guarantee of the Holy Spirit. What are the battles you are facing—what issues, what circumstances seem overwhelming to you? The Holy Spirit will call you to face your fear and guarantee your courage. Ask Him to fill you and see what happens. Are you inwardly certain? 

Father, thank You for Your promise, that if I ask anything according to Your will You will hear me and grant my request. Thank You, Jesus.

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