Multiple times in the Bible, God says to us “Do not be afraid.” We are given a great example in that if even a sparrow falls to the ground our Heavenly Father knows it .Did God not make man is His own image? Imagine how much we must mean to Him then. Therefore, truly He is going to take care of us.We all face fear. We deal with it on a daily basis.The only way to control our fear is to confront what we fear by relying on our all powerful God who brings peace.
29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny?[Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent.30 But even the hairs of your head have all been counted.31 So don’t be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31
Real hope is in God. He is without fault and He knows we exist. He actually created us. God is steadfast and never changing. His hand paints the sunset every day. He holds the breath of the universe in His grasp. To say God is strong is the understatement of eternity. God doesn’t have to build things with tools. He simply speaks them into existence. God doesn’t lie. In fact, He is truth. He is worthy of our trust. We will not be disappointed when we put our trust in Him.
For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth. Psalm 71:5 KJV
There is a freedom in not relying on our possessions or our wealth. It opens our eyes to where everything comes from and fosters generosity. Gratitude for God’s provision, deepens us and drives us to tend to others needs, not just our own. As we travel this world, let us hold loosely to that which can be taken away in a moment, and hold tightly to the One who keeps His promises.
“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. Matthew 6:19 HCSB
One of the greatest blessings when we give our lives to God is that He will never leave us nor forsake us, in good times or in over whelming times. You see people all the time jogging along and trying to take care of their physical lives, but doing nothing to contribute to their spiritual health. It is God who offers us grace for the soul, and we must choose according to His blessing to take nurture and care for our souls, as well as our bodies.
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 John 2 NIV
It’s “cool” to be “bad” in our postmodern society. A bad reputation has more street value than a good one. Some of today’s music glorifies bad reputations. Bad is good has even invaded the fringe of the church. So what is a Christ-follower to do? The writer of Proverbs gave us some tried and true advice. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1. His pointed one- liners have withstood the test of time. Reputation was, and still is, a reflection of our character. Riches or lack thereof, still try our prejudice. Prudence is still the mark of a successful person. Humility still stumps pride. The fear of the Lord is still the starting place for the most wonderful journey any human can take. Thorns and snares are still on the daily route for all. The upside down, downward moving, immoral, mainstream culture we inhabit, we must posses courage. In so doing we mirror and exalt the life of the Galilean we profess to follow.
Faith without works is simply “dead”but real faith is alive and consistently expressed through action. When we let ourselves be instruments in God’s hands, He blesses the undeserving, strengthens the discouraged, provides for the needy, and offers saving grace to those in spiritual darkness. He rewards us richly when faith leads to obedient acts—we will not only see Him working; we will also grow closer to Him. Scripture says that our faith-filled actions will also put to shame those who are antagonistic toward Christ. (Titus 2:7-8) What a powerful combination—faith and works!
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17 NIV
Today we have many who are questioning who Jesus is. Many believe just like they did when Jesus asked the question who do people say the Son of Man is? Many say Jesus was just another Prophet, or just a good man. They do not believe Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus was either who He said He was, or He was the greatest con artist who ever lived. The Disciples who walked with Him and listened to His teachings bear witness to Jesus being who he said He was. The old Testament Prophets Prophesied about Him, and were all amazingly correct on His birth and the purpose for his death. That is enough proof for me! What about you?
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“But you,” He asked them, “who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!” Matthew 16:15-16