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This I Know

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. 
Job 21:27

After fifteen years as a stay-at-home mom, I entered the workforce a few months ago. I feel like I live in the land of “I don’t know what I’m doing” much of the time. That sort of feeling wears on my confidence. It makes me doubt my skills and results. It makes me tentative and unwilling to take risks and try new things. It makes me waver and lean toward whatever opinion my ears hear.

The insecurities of life and the uncertainties of tomorrow draw me to the writings of John, the Elder, in 1 John. He tells us throughout this book what we KNOW as believers:

1 John 2:3 We KNOW that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.
1 John 3:2 We KNOW that when he appears, we shall be like him…
1 John 3:16 This is how we KNOW what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
1 John 4:16 And so we KNOW and rely on the love God has for us.
1 John 5:2 We KNOW that we are children of God.
1 John 5:20 We KNOW also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may KNOW him.

We can walk in confidence because of what we KNOW…and John tells us what we KNOW. If I KNOW that when he appears I’ll be like him, I’ll have an eternal mindset as I walk through the day. I can KNOW how to love those around me…by laying down my life in my daily choices like Jesus did. And I can walk in joy and security KNOWING that God loves me.

Thank you, Lord, for your Word that teaches me and for your Holy Spirit that testifies to my spirit so that I can KNOW that I am a child of the King.

Jill Hardin

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