The 2016 Keswick theme is: Facing the Future with CONFIDENCE.
Bill Welte is assembling a summer devotional with contributions from the summer conference speakers and some staff and friends of the ministry.
So there I sat at my computer staring at the screen. What should I write about Facing the Future with Confidence? My problem was not that I couldn’t think of what to write; my problem was there were so many great options. Narrowing it down was somewhat of a task. Then I had a lightbulb moment. I can write multiple ones and use the “extras” for Victory Call. Brilliant. That being said, you will be seeing several Victory Calls in the coming weeks on this theme: Facing the Future with Confidence.
I suspect you have noticed that we no longer live in a “Christian-friendly” nation. Though we often hear about tolerance, experience indicates that tolerance seems to mean for all except Christians. This is my opinion but I am not alone. I am not saying there are not pockets out there where this is not true; I’m sure there are. I am speaking in general to make my point today.
How do we face the future with confidence? By faith we keep the end game in mind.
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
There will come a day when EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Our unsaved neighbors will bow the knee and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Those that are stonewalling Christian values and denying Christ at every turn in word, action and attitude – they will bow the knee and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Those that are actively pushing an ungodly agenda, forcing it upon everyone – they will bow the knee and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
What gives us confidence to face the future? God has already ordained victory. Not everyone will go to heaven but EVERY ONE will see and know the truth in the end. For those that have not been redeemed it will be too late for them. For the redeemed, we will enter into glory with our God: Father, Son and Spirit.
Nothing and no one is able to thwart the plans of God. No one. We can face the future with confidence because ultimately God’s good and perfect plan and purpose will come to fruition.
Let’s remember the end game.
Diane Hunt served for 16 years on the staff of America’s Keswick until recently when she and her husband relocated to North Carolina. She now continues serving as a contributing writer and Partner Care consultant. Diane is also a Biblical Counselor, speaker, teacher, and author. She delights in the opportunities she has as a women’s conference and retreat speaker to share from God’s word. Many of her illustrations are drawn from her relational experiences as a wife, mother, and mema. They are the very relationships that bring her the greatest joy and the most fun!