Fear Not Series – Part 2

God Is With Us!

Isaiah 41:10-14 New Living Translation (NLT)
10  Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, 
for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.  
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
11 “See, all your angry enemies lie there, confused and humiliated.  
Anyone who opposes you will die and come to nothing.
12 You will look in vain for those who tried to conquer you.  
Those who attack you will come to nothing.
13 For I hold you by your right hand—I, the Lord your God.  
And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.
14 Though you are a lowly worm, O Jacob, don’t be afraid, 
people of Israel, for I will help you.  I am the Lord, your Redeemer. 
I am the Holy One of Israel.’

 

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“I AM WITH YOU” He says.  God is always with us, always beside us.  He goes before us and prepares the way.  Even when we don’t see Him, acknowledge Him, or follow Him, He is always watching us.  He knows all that goes on in this world.

He is always with us.  As I said in the last post His presence goes before us and stands behind us.  He is always here.

Isaiah 41:10 states he also strengthens us and helps us.  If we follow God, if we acknowledge His presence and choose to submit to His leading, He gives us power, strength, and wisdom to carry out the task before us.

He will also uphold us with His righteous right hand.  This means to me that He holds us up.  We cannot fall while we are in the hands of Almighty God.  He has us and walks with us.  He strengthen us, helps us, and holds us up so we don’t fall.  He knows our weaknesses.  And in our weakness He is strong.  (see 2 Cor. 12:9-11)  Therefore, we can stand in the face of difficulties.  He can rest assured that everything will be okay.  We can be confident that we will succeed.  God will be there for us and hand us all our needs if we follow close to Him.

What a glorious promise in scripture!! We are empowered by His strength.  And it keeps going, and going, and going. He never runs out of strength.  And neither will we.  Be strong, my friend. Trust in God and His power will rest upon you.

Here is a link to see and/or print DO NOT FEAR scripture list:   do-not-fear-scriptures

I started this series September 3rd 2019.   To see the beginning of the series click here.

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Fear Not Series – Part 1:

Whom shall I fear?FEAR NOT

PDF file: do-not-fear-scriptures

Above is a link to my original attempt to list all the scriptures which encourage us not to fear.  This is by no means an exhaustive list.

Today this scripture came to mind which is not on that list:

Ps. 27  

Psalm 27:1-6
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?
When the wicked advance against me to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

This reminds me of a Chris Tomlin song: Whom Shall I Fear?   based on 2 Kings 6:15-18. 

It doesn’t matter how big our problem is, because God is bigger; it doesn’t matter if we are alone or not because God is always with us, so we are never really alone; it doesn’t matter how many enemies we have because The God of angel armies is on our side, cheering us on, sending his angels to ride along with us and defeat our enemies.  Those who are for us are greater than those against us as long as we depend and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

One thing I recommend for you.  This one thing I encourage you to do.  Read the Word of God.  Read the Bible and find scriptures which confirm for you that God is for you, supporting you, encouraging you, leading you, guiding and instructing you.  The list is endless of the promises that God has in His Word.

courage_deuteronomy“I know who goes before me.  I know who stands behind.  The God of angel armies is always by my side.” So I will not be afraid of tomorrow.  I will not be afraid of that interview for my dream job.  I will not be afraid of people I need to face.  I will not be afraid of failure, rejection, sickness, loneliness or anything else.  God is with me and nothing can separate me from his love.

Having done all then, stand firm on His promise to never leave or forsake you.  Stand firm on His promise to be near you and constantly comfort you when you need it.

Go with God my friend.  And as it says in Ps. 27:13-14 Be confident that you will see the goodness of the Lord.  Take heart, be of good courage, wait for the Lord.

 

Do Not Fear 365

This is a repost from several years ago. The post was getting a lot of views so I wanted to share it again with a few updates.

It has been said that “Do not fear” is in the Bible 365 times.  I think it was a quote from Facing the Giants, the movie.  That is not literally true.  Many have been searching the web to find out the verses that state “do not fear”.  There are less than 100 that literally say that phrase.  I have compiled, for those who are interested, a list of scriptures that are related to do not fear scriptures.

Word document:

Do Not Fear Scriptures

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I went to www.biblegateway.com and searched for the following words or phrases related to ‘do not fear’: Courage, do not fear, do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, do not be dismayed, take heart, do not worry. NIV VERSION

I also added trust, because those who trust in God will not be afraid.  See Ps. 56 and Ps. 112 for examples of that.

The total for these DO NOT FEAR related scriptures was 233

I looked up deliver, and it is mentioned in the Bible 252 times in one form or another (delivered, delivers, deliverance).  That was too much for me to add, so I will leave that to you to research.  Go to www.biblegateway.com to find those specific scriptures.

That would bring it up to well over 400 scriptures we can carry around with us as promises that we need not fear, because God commanded it, and because he promises we can trust him for our needs.

There is also: Cast your cares, be of good cheer, and other phrases that comfort us and keep us from fear

 

Release The Pain

Silent Rain

SOFT RAIN FALLS
The Gentle drops of silent rain
Fall upon the golden grain;
The tranquil peace,
The sweet release
Of stress and pain,
This silent rain.

The quiet whisper in the wind
Pursues the children once again.
"Come to me
Rest and eat,"
Says this wind.

Glorious rays of the rising sun
tell us morning has begun.
Joy and praise
Fill this place
We've overcome
Says the sun.


by Terri Byars

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A NEW MORNING HAS BEGUN

Through both poetic and musical verse people have been known to express great emotion. And those of us who listen to the words and/or music have a chance to release our emotions. It helps us come to acknowledge or get in touch with our feelings. The poem I wrote above is symbolic and if anyone would care to input any thoughts, I would love to hear what you think. You can share how it makes you feel, and what you believe the poem means.

Life in the Kingdom – We are One Part 2

The last blog I posted told you about a We are One Women’s Experience at Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo that I was to attend on April 20 and 21 of this year; and I promised you another blog post sharing some of the experience with you.  That post was written on April 16th and here it is nearing the end of May. 

So now, finally, I will share a couple of highlights from that event.

Pampering

The first thing we noticed on the first night of the event is an abundance of  booths and/or rooms set up for pampering.  Whatever anyone wanted, there it is for our enjoyment.  Spiritual, mental, or physical.  There were prayer rooms, prophetic encounters, and rooms just to sit and soak up God’s presence with soft music.  There were back massages, and foot massages for our physical comfort.  There were “spa” stations where we could get a make-over, manicures, pedicures, hair styles, make-up, etc.  There was a petting station where we could experience the pure joy of holding and petting a puppy.  Many other stations also which are too numerous to remember or record here.

Worship

We then moved on to worship.  Very exuberant worship with lights, sound, and words up on a screen so we would know the words to the songs. Most ladies there were very enthusiastic about participating in the worship experience.  Once the singing was over, one of the lady ministers at that Trinity Fellowship Campus shared a testimony about how much God loved and accepted her.  The theme was LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE.  We learned about the joy of laughter and how healing that is. Image result for live laugh love I find that I don’t laugh as much as I would like to laugh; and, at the time of that teaching, I thought about how I should watch more comedy or bring myself into situations or life views that would produce more laughter for myself.  Life is too serious to always be in the work mode.  We all need times in which we should stop and smell the roses or go out and chase a butterfly.  Children laugh a lot, but as we grow older, life’s responsibilities catch up with us and we start running around doing the work but not enjoying ourselves along the way.  A great teaching for me.  Lighten up and enjoy the little things in life.

A word on Love

The most substantial experience I had at this event is what God showed me.  He reminded me first of all that we (Christians) are all one.  We are one unit.  One body in Christ working together for His glory.  We all have hurts, pain, shortcomings and accomplishments, bad and the good events in our lives that shape our personality.  And as one body, I should look at others for what they can become, not only for what they are now.  In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus spoke of the great commission:  To “go out into the world and make disciples of all nations…”  My job is to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.  And second, to love others as myself.  My job is to love, share God’s word with others, and to help them come to know Him and love Him as I do.  The response they give is up to them.  

This word from God revealed to me the judgmental attitude I had.  God told me to stop feeling like I am responsible for other people’s actions.  All I can do is teach the word, share Christ’s love and encourage them in the Lord.  Whether they take my advise or reject it, whether they follow the Lord or walk away, whether they change and act the way I think they should or not–it’s all up to them.  Once I’ve done my part I can release the rest to God.  What freedom.  I can see others as God does and love them as they are without choosing whether I think they are right or wrong.  I don’t have to answer for them.  Their actions are not my responsibility.

 

 

 

Life in the Kingdom – We Are One

Jesus Prays for Unity

John 17   

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one,Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

In the above block is part of the prayer Jesus prayed the day before his crucifixion.  We as Christians are all one body with Jesus Christ being the head.  Since this is so, Jesus’ desire is that we all become one in unity.  This does not mean we should all believe exactly the same, live exactly alike, or worship at the same church or denomination.  All those who call Jesus Lord–all those who have trusted in Jesus as their savior–are part of the CHURCH.  I don’t believe God sees denominational differences. Just as it is written in Galatians 3:28:

28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile”.  This can go on to say, “There is no Baptist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, or Catholic.  We are all one in Christ Jesus.”  

We Are One Experience

I will be a part of a great experience this weekend.  On April 20 & 21 at Trinity Fellowship Church I am privileged to have the opportunity to attend the We Are One Women’s Experience.  As one in Christ of Women are gathering in one place to celebrate Love, Laughter and Legacy.  When I return I hope to share some of the experience with you.

As one Church we all point in one direction:  to Jesus.  As one in Christ, we all worship the same Lord:  Jesus Christ.  As one in Christ, we all share the same news:  Jesus loves you.  And hopefully we all invite people within our influence to join in worshiping Him.

Are you part of the Kingdom of God?  Have you asked Jesus to become Lord of your Life? If so, welcome to the family.  We are all one big body, functioning in many different ways to accomplish one main purpose:  bringing others to Christ Jesus.

 

 

Life in the Kingdom – From Sinner to Saint

We Were Sinners

Almost all of us would agree that before Christ comes into our lives, we as a human race are sinners.  Because of the fall of man (seen in Genesis chapter 3) we are all born with a sinful nature.  It’s part of our nature now and we cannot help but to be influenced by the world, the flesh, or the devil because at birth, we are not automatically committed to Christ.  Only when we submit to Him and turn our lives over to Him do we have Christ’s influence on our lives.  

We are Cleansed if…

1 John 1:9 states:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (NASB)

And 1 Corinthians 5:21 tells us:

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NASB)

This verse really spoke to me.  God made it clear to me through this verse that He not only forgave my sin, but he also removed all unrighteousness (wickedness) from me.  We are saved by grace when we believe in Christ. And through faith, believing in Him, we are forgiven, cleansed, made righteous.  He took our old nature upon Himself and gave us His nature.  Making us a new creation.  All old things have passed and the new has come.  His grace is defined as ‘divine influence upon the heart and it’s reflection in our life.’

New nature in a Sinful World     

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Now that we are Christians, we are righteous and filled with His grace giving us the desire and ability to do His will.  But we still have to guard our hearts.  The bible states this several times.  Guard your hearts, or humble ourselves, or resist the devil.  There are many influences in this life and in this world.  We must remain ready, on guard.  We must read the bible and set our mind on God and His Kingdom.  

We must also know who we are:

I am a child of God. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  I am a new creation. I have the power of God living in me.

We must live according to who we are:

The bible tells us to put off the old nature and put on the new nature.  

Ephesians 4:21-24 New Living Translation (NLT) 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

Live according to who we are–righteous and holy. 

Read here to find out what it means to be holy.

We are Saints

We are no longer sinners by nature once we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior because he changes our nature.  We are a new creation.   The wickedness has been removed.  All sin has been erased, forgiven.  We are now children of Godthe bride of Christ, prepared for a future in Heaven.  

Being a saint is not reserved for a special few who have reached a certain level of Christianity.  Saints are all who believe in Jesus and follow Him as their Lord, submitting to Him in all they do.  In many books of the New Testament the apostle addresses the churches as saints.  “To the Saints who are in Ephesus” for example.  For more information here is a link for The bible definition of Saint.