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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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

 

Life In The Kingdom – Our Forever Home

A new Existence

My mother-in-law passed away this past week; and as my husband and I prepare to travel out of state to the funeral, I have been thinking a lot about the transition into eternity.  That, after all, is what death is.  It is not really the end.  It is the beginning of a new life in a new place.  It is a new state of existence in the spiritual realm.  All that may sound spooky or maybe almost science fiction to some people; but that is really what life is all about. Our life on this earth is temporary and in preparation for our permanent, eternal home.  And, for those of us who know Jesus Christ personally as our Lord and Savior, that eternal home is Heaven.  The Bible states:

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 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:18 (NIV)

 

This is the third in a series on Life in the Kingdom.  We have learned that we are part of God’s family adopted as children. We then learned that we as a church are the bride of Christ.  Today I want to share a more personal experience as I learn to deal with the death of my mother-in-law.  

I was running an errand today and as I was driving, I turned on my CD player in the car.  The song that happened to play was The Revelation Song.  I thought about the scripture to which this song is referring:  “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come,” the living creatures proclaim. They do not rest day or night and never cease to proclaim the holiness of God.  And since we are preparing for the funeral for my mother-in-law, I thought of her and how she is present with the Lord at this very moment.  2 Corinthians 5:8 tells us that: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (NKJV)  

At that moment, while Kari Jobe was singing, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain. Holy, holy is He,” I actually was envious of my mother-in-law.  You see, at funerals, we are sad because we will miss those who die.  031116_1918_TheHalfWasn20But Christians who die are with the Lord and are no longer sad.  There is no more death in Heaven.  No more crying.  No pain.  No sickness.  No sorrow.  No arguing or complaining.  So when we cry at a funeral, it should not be for those who have gone to Heaven.  We cry for us.  We are the ones grieving, but those who have died are rejoicing in the presence of God.  And that, my friend, is something that I certainly look forward to.  That is what I eagerly await–meeting my Savior and Lord face to face.

So now, my friend, let me encourage you to trust in the Lord.  Give your life to Him.  Know for certainty that when your body wears out and you leave this earthly existence, you will find yourself in the presence of the Lord.  

“For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21