Text: Hebrews 13:5-6
Title: Confident in Christ’s Presence
Introduction: For the past few months, we have learned about being “Confident in Christ”, in His Promises, in His Character, and now, we will learn to to be Confident “in His Presence”.
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
The apostle having finished the doctrinal part of this epistle, closes it with practical exhortations to these Hebrews, puts up prayers for them, and sends salutations to them. The exhortations are to brotherly love, and the continuance of it.
I. Exhortation to Contentment – v5
A. A Manner of life
Note – Let your conversation – That is, the whole tenor of your conduct, the manner of your life, or rather the disposition of your hearts in reference to all your secular transactions.
Be without covetousness – Desire nothing more than what God has given you; and especially covet nothing which the Divine Providence has given to another man, for this is the very spirit of robbery.
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
Read – 1 Tim. 6:9-10
Note – Contentment will make a poor man rich; discontentment will make a rich man poor.
Ill – Dwight Pentecost wisely explains that…
Air and water are two entirely different elements or spheres, and it is impossible to have a vessel filled with air and water at the same time. One that is filled with air must have the air displaced in order to be filled with water. Similarly, if a man’s life is given over to the pursuit of material things, that life cannot then be filled with Jesus Christ. Until that love for material things is displaced, that life cannot and will not be filled with Jesus Christ. When a man gives himself to the pursuit of all that is involved in this world and makes its position and its material things his goal and his standard and the center of his life, he will not find the satisfaction that comes from making Jesus Christ the center of his life. To be content is the opposite of to be covetous, to be greedy, to be worldly, to be materialistic… The reason material things can never make a man content is that a man is never able to get enough of them to satisfy him.
Ill – A young man had an accident while driving his car that was quite spectacular. When the policeman arrived he found the young man standing near his car mumbling. As the officer approached he overheard the young man saying, ’Oh, my BMW, oh my BMW, oh my BMW’. Looking at the young man the policeman said, “Are you nuts, look at the condition of your arm, your left are is all mangled’. The young man looked down and said, ’Oh my Rolex, oh my Rolex, oh my Rolex’.
B. Found in Christ
Quote – “The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One,” A. W. Tozer.
Read – Matt. 6:25-34,
1 Tim. 6:6-8
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Ill – Hudson Taylor the founder of China Inland Mission, was facing a lack of finances in his ministry. He retreated to office and read the Bible awhile, then prayed a while, and then looked again at the finances. Then he would pray a while, read the Bible awhile, and look again at the finances. Then he prayed awhile and read the Bible.
After a while he left his office. His wife asked him, “What are we going to do?”
“We have a twenty seven cents and all the promises of God…what more do one need!”
Contentment is when we become convinced that our resources in Christ Jesus are more than adequate for every situation in life that we face.
He is our Sufficiency.
He supplies strength for the weak,
He’s there when you’re tempted & when you’re tested,
He sympathizes and He sees, He guards and He guides.
He helps and He heals, He delivers and He defends.
He’s the Master of the mighty, the Captain of the Conquerors,
He’s the Head of the Heroes, He’s the Leader of the Legislatures,
He’s the Governor of the governors, He is the King of the kings,
He’s the Lord of the lords, His promises are sure, His life is matchless,
His love never changes, His Word is enough, His grace is sufficient,
His yoke is easy, His burden is light! Trust Him!
II. Elevated Companionship – v5b
Note – this is better than any type of companionship here on Earth.
A. Assured Statement – “He hath said”
19 God is not a man, that he should lie
2 Tim. 2:13
13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
B. Refers to a Persistent Care – “never leave”
Note – Leave: Thayer Definition:
1) NOT to send back, relax, loosen
2) NOT to give up, omit, calm
3) NOT to leave, not to uphold, to let sink
Turn – Psalm 121:3-4, Deut. 31:8, 1 Chro. 28:20
C. An Everlasting Abiding – “nor forsake”
Note – Forsake: Thayer Definition:
1) NOT to abandon, desert
1a) NOT to leave in straits, leave helpless
1b) NOT to totally abandoned, utterly forsaken
Turn – Ps. 37:25,28
1 Sam. 12:22
22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
III. Everyday Confidence – v6
A. The Lord will help us
Read – Psalm 27:1-3,
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
B. The Lord will protect us – “not fear”
Turn – 2 Kings 6:16 – Elijah
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
2 Tim. 1:7
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Note – Fear will leave us when we remember that God is always with us.