For I am the Lord your God, the one who takes hold of your right hand, who says to you, ‘Don’t be afraid, I am helping you.’ Isaiah 41.13
The Israelites had disobeyed God. As a result, they were overthrown and taken into captivity. God was about to bring them back together from where they had been taken. Israel did not feel up to the task.
In Isaiah 41.10, the Lord told them not to be afraid because he was with them. He would give them strength and uphold them in his right hand. The right hand was a symbol of the Lord’s power to save and protect. Exodus 15.6 told of the majestic power of his right hand that shattered the enemy.
The Lord continues to be with his disciples today. God knows the number of hairs that each one has on his head, Luke 12.7. Jesus gives us his peace telling us not to be distressed or lacking courage, John 14.27. The Hebrew author writes to remind us that God will not abandon us, Hebrews 13.5.
Truly, we are privileged to know who God is and how we may serve him. There is no need to be afraid, for he is helping us.
#risingjoy #Isaiah #fear
Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
The Lord will fight for you, and you can be still. Exodus 14.14
After leaving Egypt boldly, the Israelites are terrified. They are at the edge of the Red Sea watching Pharoah’s army overtake them. They cry out to Moses, blaming him for the situation in which they find themselves, fearful that they are about to die in the desert.
How does Moses respond? He tells them not to fear, to stand firm, and to watch the Lord save them from Egypt, Exodus 14.13.
How does the Lord respond? Basically he tells Moses and the people to quit crying and to move forward. Moses parts the Red Sea. The Israelites walk through the middle of it, not through mud, but on dry ground. Then, in the morning watch, he threw the Egyptian army into a panic by jamming the wheels of their chariots, Exodus 14.25. They wanted to flee for they recognized that the Lord was fighting for the Israelites! After extending his hand toward the sea, Moses watched as the waters returned to their normal place, covering the army of Pharoah, which was completely destroyed.
Fear can be debilitating. It can stop us where we stand and cause us to freeze, unable to even breathe properly. In fearful times, we need to remember Moses’ words to the Israelites. Do not fear! Stand firm! Watch for God’s salvation! He will fight for you!
#risingjoy #Exodus #fear
Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
“… Like a cage filled with the birds that have been caught, their houses are filled with the gains of their fraud and deceit. That is how they have gotten so rich and powerful. That is how they have grown fat and sleek. There is no limit to the evil things they do. They do not plead the cause of the fatherless in such a way as to win it. The do not defend the rights of the poor. I will certainly punish them for doing such things!” says the Lord. “I will certainly bring retribution on such a nation as this! … Jeremiah 5.27-29
The Lord was speaking in these verses about the land of Judah. Instead of having reverence for God and obeying his commands, the Israelites had turned away from God. They had rebelled against the one whom they should have feared. They were without discernment and foolish.
They were not receiving the rains any longer due to their rebellion. Some of the people had become wicked trying to set traps to catch people. They had gotten rich and powerful by their fraud and deceit. They were no longer interested in helping the poor and made token efforts on behalf of fatherless.
God was not pleased. He warns the people through Jeremiah that judgment was coming! The prophets and priests who had lied and exercised their own authority would not be able to help when it came time for judgment.
May we learn from Israel the importance of having reverence and fear of the Lord. Let us not be guilty of the same rebellion that they displayed. May we tremble in awe before the Lord.
#risingjoy #Jeremiah #fear
“Then Peter started speaking: ‘I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him.'”
Peter finally began to get the idea of what God desired as he stood before Cornelius and his family. He speaks of Christ, vv. 37-43, but he begins by what God wants from us in order to draw near to him.
Never hesitate to put what God requires of man up front in your message to others. It’s as much a part of the gospel as the death of Christ. Make redemption clear, by sharing God’s part and man’s as well.
#votd #Acts #obedience #fear
“They came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man sitting there, clothed and in his right mind – the one who had the ‘Legion’ – and they were afraid.”
Jesus did a good deed by restoring a demon-possessed man to wholeness. The people of the region came to see. Jesus’ miracle caused them to be afraid. They had become accustomed to the evil of demon possession.
Does the Good News of great joy frighten us? Are we so accustomed to a warped and twisted existence that the wholeness of purification and forgiveness causes us discomfort?
#votd #Mark #fear
“The chief priests and the experts in the law heard it and they considered how they could assassinate him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed by his teaching.”
Fear of the Lord’s words and actions caused the Jewish authorities to miss the great opportunity before them, to welcome Jesus as the promised Messiah. They wanted power and saw it slipping from their grasp.
Fear is one of the greatest motivators. Fear of the wrong thing can lead to some of our greatest mistakes. What fears have you identified in your life?
#votd #Mark #fear
“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death he could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death.”
By his incarnation and death, Jesus broke the power of the devil to destroy man. Now, we no longer need to fear death, because Jesus has conquered it.
What aspects of death causes dread or fear in people?
#death #fear #VOTD
“And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. ‘And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled’” (1 Peter 3:13-14 NKJV). Christians stand for the truth of God’s Word, having no dread from “threats, nor be troubled.” Our confidence comes from obeying God’s Word. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). This “spirit of fear” is “cowardice,” or shrinking back from. The Bible shows us God’s “power” over everything; it brings out the best in us as “love;” and gives us “a sound mind,” or controlled attitude, we call “confidence.” Christians fear less and have less to fear.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
“When I am afraid, I trust in you.”
David prayed for deliverance after being captured by Philistines.
What causes us fear? What builds our trust in God?
#VOTD #fear #trust
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
Proverbs 1.7 NLT
This verse is widely acknowledged as the theme of the book of Proverbs.
How does our fearing God affect daily conduct?
#fear #VOTD #wisdom
Photo illustration only, not of the crash mentioned below.
Almost an entire professional soccer team, with a gaggle of journalists and flight crew, perished Nov. 29 as they were arriving for the South American Cup in Medellin, Colombia. The team came from southern Brazil. Many of the journalists were well known nationally. Everyone is in shock over the loss of 71 lives. Only six survived.
Apparently, electrical failure was reported by the captain before the plane, owned by a Bolivian company, fell from the sky.
The loss of life is tragic. There is reason to be sad and to mourn. I wrote a short devotional piece, on DeusConosco.com, to help people deal with this moment. Continue reading
A comment on Mat 5.16:
“The policy of obscuration, of hiding beliefs and convictions, is often urged by lukewarm Christians, so-called ‘reasons of prudence and wisdom: gradual accustoming of men to new ideas; deference to the prejudices of good men; avoidance of rupture by premature outspokenness; but generally the true reason is fear of unpleasant consequences to oneself. ‘ To think and act thus is deliberate disloyalty to Christ. Your light, given to you from above, not to be used according to expediency, but to shine; your light, not you, the object being not to make your person prominent, but your Christianity. The Christians, individually and collectively, should perform this task as their steady work. For the light which shall be thrown out from them in every direction, before all men, consists in their good works, the fruits of their regeneration, the proof of their being illuminated by Jesus. These should be seen by the people for a definite reason. All men that come in contact with their works shall be forced to draw conclusions as to the power that inspires them. And so the glory, the honor will be placed where it properly and exclusively belongs, will be given to the Father in heaven. This fact renders the admonition urgent by giving to it its real basis.”
“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19)
God’s goodness is infinite and it is laid up for those that fear the Lord. When we come to fear God, we know He is our Creator. He is our Master or Lord. As we tremble before God, reverence and respect Him, we will do what He tells us to do in His Bible.
God Bless you today and always. I love you. Charles Box
#fear #Bible #God #Charles-Box
In my RSS feed a daily post shares information about some people group who, in the eyes of the organization behind it, has not been reached by the gospel. Now, the organization and I have a different idea of what the gospel is. But I appreciate the effort, and each day I have determined that I will look at the information about the people group selected and pray that the Lord will send workers with the true gospel to them. It’s one way in which I seek to fulfill the Lord’s order to pray for more workers to be sent into the harvest. Besides asking for workers in our own region.
I’d be interested in hearing how you go about praying about this need. Really interested. Continue reading
Beloved, we wish for you a very happy and healthy New Year. We close the year 2014 and nothing can be done to change it. However, we have a new year before us now and we can resolve to make it a great year to the glory of God.
We pray that you will be blessed with what the Lord knows is best for you, and that you will accept that and march forward to a productive year. Continue reading