Fear Not!


There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.
1 John 4:18

The world of Jesus’ day was filled with fear. The Romans feared rebellion, and their subjects feared
Rome’s power. The Sadducees feared the Pharisees, and both were suspicious of the publicans. The hearts of people everywhere were filled with fear and distrust.
Life was precarious, and above all, people feared death.

The world lives with fear even today. What is your fear? Do you fear the future? Do you fear life’s burdens that sometimes seem almost overwhelming? Do you fear death? Most of us fear everything except God yet it is God whom we should fear most of all!

Jesus can put an end to fear for all who trust in Him.
“Do not fear, little flock” is a phrase typical of His teaching and preaching (Luke 12:32). He is the answer to any fear you have. After all, God’s power is greater than the powers of evil, and “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future . . .nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39 niv).

Be blessed.

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Crying Out


When [blind Bartimaeus] heard that it was Jesus
of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Mark 10:47

Blind Bartimaeus probably never expected to be able to see—and then Jesus Christ came to town.
When He did, Bartimaeus cried out, and he cried out for the right thing: he cried for mercy. He needed other things, but what he like you and I needed most of all was God’s mercy.

Bartimaeus also cried out to the right Person. He cried to the Lord Jesus Christ, the only One in all the
world who could help him. And Jesus is there for us:
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other
name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 niv).

Third, Bartimaeus cried out at the right time. Suppose Bartimaeus had said, “I’m going to find out
what other people think about Him, or perhaps I’ll
wait until He comes to Jericho again.” But Jesus never
returned to Jericho.

The Bible says, “Now is the time of God’s favor, now

is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2 niv).

What do you need to cry out to Jesus about?

Salt and Light


“You are the salt of the earth. . . . You are the light of the world.”

Matthew 5:13–14

Many people doubt that there are any answers to life’s basic questions. What is the purpose of life? What happens after I die? Is there any hope for the world today?

However, the human mind—like nature itself abhors a vacuum. If our minds and hearts are not filled with God’s truth, something else will take its place: cynicism, occultism, false religions and philosophies,
drugs—the list is endless.

Already a terrifying spiritual and moral tide of evil has loosed our society from its spiritual moorings. Ideas that could easily destroy our freedoms are rushing into the vacuum that results when societies turn from the
moral truths found in Scripture. Moral and spiritual
chaos is the inevitable result.

May we who know God’s truth stay committed to the principles outlined in His Word. Above all, may we be salt and light in this world, proclaiming God’s righteousness and love to a confused and dying world.

Glory to Jesus.

Confidence and Peace in Christ.


You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.

Isaiah 26:3

Peace carries with it the idea of unity, completeness, rest, ease, and security. Many times when I meet Jewish friends I greet them with “Shalom,” the Hebrew word for “peace.” And often when I greet my Arab friends I use a similar term that they use for “peace,” “Salam.”

Notice the key phrase in that verse: “whose mind is stayed on You.” When troubles hit, our minds naturally focus on them. When suffering comes, all we can think about is the pain. It takes a deliberate act of the will to turn away from the problem and focus our minds on God.

When our minds are stayed on God, we won’t be worried about the future, because we know it is in His hands. We won’t tremble over what might happen, because our lives are built upon the solid rock of Christ.

When you and I yield to worry, we deny our Guide the right to lead us forward in confidence and peace. Don’t cause Him to grieve over you by indulging in worry, but trust everything into His all-loving care.

Amen.

Jeremiah, a Prophet who suffered and still had Hope.


 

Lamentations is hard for me to read. After studying Jeremiah in depth recently, I know that he suffered greatly at the hands of his own people. He suffered because he obeyed God . He prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem as God instructed him. He preached God’s word faithfully. The sufferings he
described in Lamentations three are mostly actual sufferings, not metaphor.

The thing that hurt him most, though, was witnessing the destruction of this people at the hand of his God. He hurt as he watched them reject his calls for repentance, despising the Lord and his covenant. He hurt as he witnessed God’s relentless destruction of his own city, pouring out his wrath by the sword of the Babylonians. He hurt as he lived through the aftermath, remaining in the desolation and watching the survivors devour each other. He said “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them and my soul is downcast within me.”

And yet, in the midst of grieving and sorrow, he remembered the one thing that gave him hope: God in love for his people would not consume them totally. He would be faithful to his word to restore them.

That is what Jeremiah 29 is actually about. Jeremiah heard it and believed it. He trusted God. Hope arose. Jeremiah said “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

That, brothers, is the key. “Portion” is an important Old Testament word. It referred to that person’s allotted land in Israel, that remained in his family forever. It was what he counted on for his and his family’s survival. But for Jeremiah, his portion was the Lord. He counted on the Lord for everything: daily provisions, survival and deliverance and because the Lord, not the land or the job, was his portion, he had hope. Because his portion was faithful.

God be with you all. Stay safe.

God showing us what to do in times of need.


One day, my schedule, deadlines, and obligations were crawling up my neck and tightening their hold. You know that feeling when you’re so overwhelmed, you don’t know what to do first?

So I got out a piece of paper and pen, and asked God: “Just tell me what you want me to do, and I’ll do it.” I was fully prepared for shouldering 100% responsibility, and was basically asking God to just set the priorities, tell me how to approach it all, and I would.

I then opened my Bible and immediately read where Jesus was talking with a man who was blind. Jesus was asking him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

I read it again. Jesus asked: “What do you want me to do for you?” Rather amazed, I picked up my pen and began writing an entirely different list…to God. This, I have found, is characteristic of God. Reminding us that he is there. That he cares, and he’s capable…..theres nothing too hard for the LORD.

so this evening my question for you is…..What do you want God to do for you???….i dont want to think you have made you problems and sorrows the topest priority instead of God first in your life???….if thats the case i will advice you to get change of mind and change of heart……for the bible says in 1 Peter 5:7 that “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you “….so whats your problem and burden????…….

dont think God is limited to your needs…..
He’s the same God who was there and is still is and forever will be , He changeth not! Glory

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More on God’s Promises and God’s Rest. PT2.


There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. (Hebrews 4:9-10)

Included in God’s promises is rest for His people. This rest not only begins with rest from the guilt and condemnation of sin, but it also can grow into rest from carnal striving and vain self-sufficiency. Our verses speak of this latter rest. “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.” When we became the people of God, we entered into God’s rest from sin and guilt. Yet, having tasted of this rest, there still “remains…a rest for the people of God.”

Entrance into this additional spiritual rest requires a ceasing from one’s own works. “For he who has entered His [God’s] rest has himself also ceased from his works.” Renouncing one’s self as the source or cause of spiritual growth, we can then rest in the Lord for a growing life of godly service and fruitfulness. Previously, we saw that the Apostle Paul walked with and lived unto God in this manner. “I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). Paul worked harder than any other leader in the early church. Yet, he acknowledged that the enabling reality was the grace of God, not himself. This fits perfectly with another confession of Paul’s that we considered in previous devotions. “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5). Ultimately, such a life is explained as Christ Himself expressing His life in and through our lives. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).
This cessation from our works is to be as complete as God’s ceasing from His work at creation. “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works…For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His” (Hebrews 4:4, 10). God rested on the seventh day, because His “creation-work” was finished. We are to rest from our works, because we cannot add to the finished work of Christ for us. He completed our redemption upon the cross. “He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit” (John 19:30). He has also fully prepared the works that He wants us to now enter into by faith. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

Lord, I see that I must rest in You for daily growth and service as fully as I rested in You for initial salvation. Help me to cease from my own vain striving, that I might trust in You to work in and through me, Amen.