By Paul M.

Confirmation Class of 2015

Faith is not present in just certain parts of life such as going to church on Sunday and praying at night. To be genuine, it is incorporated into every aspect of one’s life. In everything we do, we should strive to please God. 

As I grow older I am learning how to apply my faith into every element of my life in order to fulfill God’s plan for me and follow Him daily.

I chose Psalm 27:1 as my confirmation verse because it fully describes the relationship the Lord has with us and what He provides for us. David wrote in Psalm 27:1,

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

I also chose this verse because I feel it is applicable to my life. It tells me that because of what the Lord does for me I do not have to live life in fear. There are several important words in this verse that describe what the Lord does for us.

The first significant word in my confirmation verse states that the Lord is my Light. Light can be defined as “something that makes things visible.  This means that because the Lord is my light, He guides my path. He shows me His plan for my life and leads me in my faith.

 Also, Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” God the Father sent Jesus, the Light of the world, to guide us and lead us to Him.

The second important part of this verse says that the Lord is my salvation. Salvation can be described as “deliverance from sin and its penalties.”  Because our sin separates us from God, we need salvation which only God the Father can provide. 

This salvation is offered to us by God through Jesus’s death and resurrection. There is nothing that we can do to earn salvation or provide it for ourselves. It is purely a gift of God provided to us by His grace. Paul explains in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

The third significant section of this verse is that the Lord is the stronghold of my life. A stronghold is “a place that has been fortified as to protect it against attack.” I know that in this world illness, sin, and death are abundant, but this verse tells me that God is always with me and watching over me.

Furthermore, I believe that God the Father protects me from the power of the devil.  Also, I know that after I die I will live in heaven for eternity, because of the salvation that He provides. As my stronghold, the Lord protects me so I do not have to be afraid of anything.

The image that reminds me of my confirmation verse is of an open door with light shining through into the darkness. I chose this image for many different reasons. 

First, the light coming through the door reminds me of Jesus guiding our path. Second, the open door reminds me of the salvation that the Lord offers for us which welcomes us into his kingdom. Third, the open door in the dark represents a shelter which He provides for us to protect us. Finally, the light chases away the darkness which reminds me that I do not need to be afraid.

I chose Psalm 27:1 as my confirmation verse because I believe that the Lord is my light, my salvation, and the stronghold of my life. As I continue on my faith journey this verse reminds me that there is nothing I have to be afraid of because of what God the Father does for me. 

At the end of the story I believe that He will continue to guide and protect me until the last day when all believers are taken to Heaven for eternity.

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