Ephesians 1: 13-14
How is it we come to believe and with such conviction the gates of hell cannot come against our faith in Christ Jesus? (Matthew 16: 15-18) It is through Confirmation of the Holy Spirit. The word confirmation in essence means:
To make firm or more firm; add strength to; settle or establish firmly. (dictionary.com)
What is it that confirms our faith making it so strong no trial or tribulation can dismantle the Truth in which we have come to believe? It is not “what” but “Who” establishes our faith. The person Who makes firm our conviction concerning Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the dead is the Holy Spirit. When one believes, one will confess it. As soon as what is believed is confessed, the Holy Spirit comes and make His home in the heart of the new child of God. (Romans 10:8-10, Luke 24) The re He continues to build the believer’s faith. If you believe that Jesus Christ has died for your sins recognizing Him as Lord, whereby, acknowledging His death and resurrection, ( 1 Corinthians 15: 1-5)then the Holy Spirit will take residence within you and the external evidence becomes the internal/eternal evidence confirming the TRUTH.
When you apply what you believe to your life – walk in it, then you witness the tangible evidence of your faith. When trials come to test your faith, your confidence is made strong, because you have the Truth residing within you and when the Holy Spirit resides within you, nothing can take away your faith.
The trials and testing only come to strengthen your faith assuring you of God’s, unconditional love. You may hear another gospel, but once you’ve heard the Truth, the matter is settled in your heart and mind.
Once, when I had strayed away from following Christ and began to build on His foundation with my own works, I was caught in a fiery trial, whereby, the Lord began to remove everything false, every stone and dross not of Him ( 1 Corinthians 3: 11-15, 1 Peter 4: 12-19). It was a dark, scary ordeal. In the midst of it, I was offered relief, not by way of the Truth but by a false doctrine. A person who presented himself as a minister sought to relieve me of my spiritual suffering by telling me how he was reading a book that explained why it wasn’t necessary for Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. When he asked permission to speak with me further, I rejected his counsel because even though I felt the Lord had abandoned me because of my sin (he did not, Hebrews 13:5), it was literally impossible for me to be counseled by what I knew to be false. By this, I came to understand; once the Truth has been confirmed through God’s Holy Spirit, nothing can dismantle the impenetrable foundation of the gospel which in faith every “born again” believer stands. (Colossians 2:8, Ephesians 1:13-14, John 3)
Have you received the confirmation– firm conviction of what you believe about Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection? Not man’s confirmation in religious doctrine, but the Holy Spirit’s affirmation of your faith. Have you confessed it in obedience as being the absolute Truth, accepting it for yourself? If you have any doubts concerning what you have come to believe, then ask for God to confirm it to you, establish your faith by receiving the Holy Spirit. He will confirm your belief by sealing it with His Holy Spirit, whereby, no other word or anyone can snatch you out of His faithful Hand. (John 10: 28-29, Revelation 12:11)