Great Fear Reliever

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? -Romans 8:31 NKJV

How many times in my life do I need to remind myself of Roman’s 8:31? We live in a world filled with servants of Satan and enemies of God. It is natural that we will experience oppression if we proclaim the Gospel and live in accordance with what we acknowledge as Christian principles. So please remember: if God is for you, nobody can stand against you — from an eternal perspective.

Is God for you?

Thank God for His patience!

Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus: that with one accord ye may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. -Romans 15:5‭-‬6 ASV

So much division in the world is present that it is easy to become overwhelmed with all the negativity. From virus to racism to underhanded politics, our society is replete with animosity, bitterness and hatred. But what of the Church? Are we not to be pilgrims in this world, passing through while preaching the Gospel of peace and salvation? Thank the LORD that He is so patient with us in our sinful frailty and many failures. He is truly a God of grace. Do you know that patient grace that can only come from Him?

Happy Father’s Day

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “ Abba , Father! ”
-Romans 8:15 HCSB

I was fortunate growing up with the family I had. Although I didn’t know it at the time, my parents were loving and nurturing and good examples whenever I had the brains to notice. My siblings were also alright, all things considered.

So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. -Luke 15:20 HCSB

Did each of us as children have issues? Naturally. Did our parents love us anyway? You bet, each of us very much and without question. As far as humans go, filled with human frailty and sin, they did a pretty decent job. Can everyone say that? Of course not. We were fortunate kids, but I [for one] didn’t know it at the time.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. -Psalms 103:13 HCSB

As Father’s Day is almost upon us, perhaps we can all take some time to reflect not only on our earthly father, but give special thought and honor to the One who cannot be out-loved: our Heavenly Father.

In remembering your Heavenly Father on a day largely set aside for earthly Dads, please take time to think about your own children, should you have them, from a Biblical perspective:

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. -Ephesians 6:4 KJV

Patience

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Hebrews 10:36 KJV

I want it and I want it now. How often, as Americans, we think such things and act that way. But, there is a payoff if we trust God and are willing to wait on Him that we will never understand without first having patience.

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: -Romans 5:3‭-‬4 KJV

Loving our fellow man.

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:7‭-‬8 KJV

Love for our fellow man (all of humanity) is not an option for those of us who are Christian. It is all too easy to get caught up in recent protests and have knee-jerk reactions to all that has happened. Let’s not kid ourselves. The only One above it is our LORD. We need His direction and strength to overcome the anger and hatred. Through the Holy Spirit, our eyes can be open to see the truth: there is only 1 race of men — the human race.

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. -Psalms 119:18 KJV

Depressed? Downtrodden?

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. -Isaiah 41:10 KJV

I guarantee you that, if I feel anxious, depressed or beaten down, the one thing that isn’t on my mind is the Lord my God. Every time I put the verse above to the test, He comes through for me. I have never failed to get what I need. Never.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:19 KJV

Who do you belong to?

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. -Romans 14:7‭-‬8 KJV

So often, we seem to think that this is our life to live as we see fit and the decisions are really ours to make. However, clearly, God is sovereign and our life is not our own. We were dead and have been quickened (made alive again) in Christ. We are His to do with as He wishes. Thank Him that He loves us so very much and has great plans for us as His children! What are His plans for you?

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; -Ephesians 2:1 KJV

The Answer

In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Deuteronomy 30:16 KJV

As Christians, we are under a covenant of grace. Regardless, being in Christ should compel us to “walk in His ways.” Do you feel so compelled?

Safe & Secure.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Psalms 91:1‭-‬2 KJV

These are certainly troubling times we’re living in. Thank God we have something as believers that the rest of the world doesn’t! We can rest assured that God is in control.

Do you have the blessed assurance that your life is in God’s hands?

Dealing with Anxiety

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. – Psalm 55:22 (KJV) Like many Christians, I have been doing battle with anxiety and asking God for the faith to combat it. Living in ‘quarantine’ provides an excellent opportunity to get into the Word and mine some of the precious gems that are there for us as Christians. However, like many or most of us, I find myself deterred by worry about things like health and our financial condition as we weather this storm. It is easy to watch the news and get depressed or angry at people — wanting to lash out and blame them for this when, in reality, the blame goes all the way back to Adam and Eve in the days of Genesis. What does all that negativity do, except to cause physical and emotional distress to our bodies and render us less effective for Christ?

When I stop to think and open the pages of His Word, i realize that He has this. He has His purpose in all of this as Sovereign God. I have some, advice for the reader (if not already doing so, use some of the extra time you may find yourself with to open the Bible and study it. There are a wealth of resources in this digital age to aid the Christian in their walk with the Lord. One of the most popular [and something I use daily] is the YouVersion app. It is freely available for Android and iPhones at no cost. It has a number of short daily devotions one can avail themselves of, bringing reminders of who we are in Christ and the manifold blessings that entail as a result. Those blessings include the innermost knowledge that we are safe in the Lord and able to receive with gladness all that such a relationship affords. Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. -Proverbs 12:25 (ESV).

Isaiah 41:10 (ESV): fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.