Be Still

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Spiritual serenity, the psalmist admits, ought to be cultivated in spite of the shaking mountains and agitated waters.

This spiritual calm, that God commands, does not come from a lack of troubles. It derives from a steady, deep reflection on the ways God has intervened in history on behalf of his people (cf. Romans 15:4).

So as your world crumbles around you, the call from Scripture is: don’t flinch in faith in God. Stand still—not because of a self-made confidence, not because you are the most composed person in the face of disaster, not because “you’ve seen it all.”

Be still because of what you know about God.

It is “God’s past” that provides calm for “our future.” Know that he is God! Know it, not merely intellectually, but practically, spiritually, and emotionally. He is your God. He is the ruler of kingdoms of this earth and the all-powerful Creator of the Universe.

If you are the last man or woman standing, be still.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth do change” (Psalm 46:1-2a).

Hallelujah!

 

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Sometimes “I’m Sorry” Won’t Fix It

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When someone’s heart is hard towards us, we are completely powerless to change this. People have no power over other people’s hearts. Changing the heart of man belongs solely to the Holy Spirit. He alone has the power to change our hearts, to soften our hearts, and to heal our hearts.

When someone won’t forgive us, it is the most powerless feeling in the world. After we have asked for forgiveness, the only thing left to do, and the most important thing to do, is to pray for the person we have hurt. We may not even know what to pray, “but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

So how do you get someone to forgive you? We must accept that forgiveness is their choice, give them the freedom to follow God without forcing it, we must genuinely repent, and we must depend on God in prayer to do only what he can do: heal and change the human heart.

I pray that the mistakes of my sinful past which directly impacted others, be eased in the hearts of those I hurt.

 

The Eye

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I pray that I can see ever more fully the beauty of grace , the brightness of generosity and the unexpected blessings to others is a precious treasure, so that I may shine the light of Jesus wherever I go.

Isaiah 6:8 (NKJV)

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:

“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

 

 

Waiting In The Quiet

 

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Luke 11:11-13). Jesus said that there are times when your Father will appear as if He were an unnatural father— as if He were callous and indifferent— but remember, He is not. “Everyone who asks receives…” (Luke 11:10). If all you see is a shadow on the face of the Father right now, hang on to the fact that He will ultimately give you clear understanding and will fully justify Himself in everything that He has allowed into your life.

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Don’t Argue About the Scripture


What God Teaches God knew that Christians would argue about their interpretations of Scripture. Therefore, He had Paul write this to Timothy: “Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen” (2 Tim. 2:14 NIV). Ten verses later God had Paul add this: “And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth” (2:24-25).Clearly, arguing about interpretations of Scripture is contrary to the will of God and therefore should be considered a sin! Scripture rightly says that such arguing is useless and can stumble those who hear it. One writer asked this question: “If we argue about interpretations of the Scriptures, how can we expect people to believe them in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven?”

An Atheist Changes His Mind
Let’s consider how a non-contentious believer led an obnoxious young atheist to change his viewpoint.1 Francis Collins was raised by atheists, became a scientist, and truly believed that what Christians were saying about Christ and their faith was all superstition. He began to change when he saw Christians suffering terribly from things they did not cause without blaming God. Instead, they actually got comfort from their faith. He then realized that he was missing something, and that contrary to his own scientific training, he had made up his mind about faith in God without checking the facts. So he took his irritating questions and challenged a man whom he knew to be a true Christian.

Now this is important! This Christian did not try to argue Collins out of his unbelief. Instead, he referred him to the Gospel of John, and Collins found it interesting, puzzling and not at all what he had thought faith was all about. But, he still had questions and that is where the value of written ministry comes in. The atheist was referred to the book Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis.2 Lewis wrote that while the idea of right and wrong is different in different cultures, it is present in all of them. He also realized that science does not and can not provide a good explanation for this phenomenon.

Collins struggled for many months with the questions Lewis raised, and with his answers. Finally, he agreed with Lewis that the existence of a holy God was the only answer. He also came to the realization that God was holy, that he himself was not, and that Christ provided a bridge between God’s holiness and his own unholiness. At that point, Collins wrote, “I gave in and surrendered.” We call this phenomenon “conversion” or “becoming saved.”

Do We Cause People To Become Atheists?
Why do many intelligent people become atheists? Collins offers this possible answer: “The more evangelical wing of the Church and the scientific community … seem to be engaged in a contentious, destructive, and wholly unnecessary debate.” He says this is unnecessary “because science explores the natural world but faith explores the supernatural world.” He continues, saying that there is an interpretation that “takes a relatively recent and extreme view of Genesis, applies to it an unjustified scientific gloss, and then asks sincere and well-meaning seekers to swallow this whole, despite the massive discordance with decades of scientific evidence from multiple disciplines.” He asks, “Is it any wonder that they cannot believe in a God who asks for an abandonment of logic and reason?”

Christians Can Believe In An Old Earth!
God does not ask us to abandon logic and reason to be born-again. Thinking believers, who accept the Bible as the Word of God and who believe that God has created the universe, have come up with a number of different interpretations of the Genesis account. William Kelly,3 a conservative, fundamental, born-again Bible expositor of the last century, wrote: “There is not a word of Scripture to warrant the strange and hasty assumption that the universe was brought into being in the six days of Genesis 1:3-32 … The age of the earth may be as great as … the most enthusiastic geologist ever conceived … there is nothing here nor in any other part of Scripture that opposes vast ages.”

Contending For The Faith
We are to “contend for the faith” (Jude 3), but this instruction refers to “the foundational truths of the faith” 4 – such as the Trinity, the Creator, the divinity and the humanity of Christ, the existence of the devil, and the destiny of man. The age of the universe is not a foundation truth! Quarreling about it diverts attention from the foundation truth in Genesis, namely, that man is a sinner in need of a Savior. Why are we warned against quarreling about such things? Because no souls are saved or edified by such arguments.

God Gives Us Two Revelations
It is appropriate for us to study and interpret God’s two revelations to us, namely, nature and the Bible. The Bible says, “Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20). It is also appropriate for us to want to tell others about our interpretations of them and to try to persuade people to accept them. In doing so, however, “the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach … those who oppose him … in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 2:24-25). If we are gentle and meek about our interpretations, we will have the attitude that the other person may be right and we may be wrong. And if wrong, we should be ready for God to grant us knowledge of the truth. Scripture says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes … Accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise” (Prov. 3:7;19:20).

Conclusion
Let’s save our energy to do what God tells us to do, and to avoid what He tells us not to do! God tells us, “It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel” (Prov. 20:3).

END NOTES
1. Collins, Francis S.; “Faith and the Human Genome,” Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, Sept. 2003, pp.142-153. This article contains thoughts which the author and reader will disagree with. I quote it only to help with the error in arguing about Scripture.
2. Lewis, C. S.; Mere Christianity, McMillan, 1978. Lewis had been an atheist and had thoughtfully worked out good answers for many of the legitimate questions of doubters. Not all of his viewpoints are endorsed but, as Collins says, “Even today, Mere Christianity seems to be the very best book to put into the hands of a seeker who is trying to figure out if there is rationality for faith.”
3. Kelly, William; In The Beginning, 1884; New Edition, 1970, p. 5.
4. Ritchie, John; Foundation Truths of the Faith, John Ritchie Ltd.

By Alan H. Crosby

Link to original article by Grace & Truth Here

Let Your Light Shine

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DO SOMETHING by Mathew West
I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now, thought
How’d we ever get so far down, and
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, yeah, I created you” (now listen)
If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something, yeah
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
Oh, it’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
I’m so tired of talking about
How we are God’s hands and feet
But it’s easier to say than to be
Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”
Well, I don’t know about you
But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire and
I wanna be the one who stands up and says
“I’m gonna do something”
If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something, yes it is, come on
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
Oh oh, it’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
We are the salt of the earth
We are a city on a hill
We’re never gonna change the world
By standing still
No, we won’t stand still
No, we won’t stand still
No, we won’t stand still
No
If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now
It’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
It’s time for us to do something
It’s time for us to do something

Do Something

A Very Present Help

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Psalm 46 (NKJV)

46 God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Perspective

A couple scriptures have really weighed on my heart over the course of the fire that I just have to write down while they speak so loudly to me.

During the midst of the fire…

Matthew 6:19-21King James Version (KJV)

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

As I considered during the evacuation warning last week, of losing everything yet again… the above scripture kept repeating over in my head..

At the aftermath, seeing how the fires seemed to only destroy buildings and cars, but so many trees and even sometime land went untouched.  As I drive by the semi scorched hills on my way to work, I see only blackened grass, but the trees look the same except for some charring at the bottom.  If the grass wasn’t burned,  you can hardly tell there had ever been a fire???  Never seen anything like it.

It just resonates with Revelation:

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Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads

Sonoma Co

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Mendocino Co

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Napa Co

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It appears Portugal is currently experiencing it too…

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I don’t know… it just feels unreal to see fire burn so hot that it melts cars to asphalt but mostly leaves nature untouched around it.

I also am simply heartbroken for those who have lost homes, and loved ones during this tragedy.  I do not in my perplexity forget for a moment, the staggering actual devastation these fires are causing in their wake.

And hang on to your hats, it appears a hurricane is developing which appears to grow to the size of the US in the coming days…. It could dissipate, as some have done over the past months, but good to keep an eye out and really keep the heart ready.

Let’s keep our prayers going for all who have been or will be affected by ongoing disasters.

 

 

 

 

Praise you in this storm

It’s been a tough week for us in California.  Where we live, the fire took out all communication for 2 days and seemed to be boxing our town in.  We are still without gas for cooking or hot water. But praise the Lord they were able to bring our immediate area somewhat under control.   We aren’t out of the woods yet, but I have faith God is in control no matter what happens.

My friend was evacuated a few miles away from us. But they are safe and their home survived. I also have a family friend a few towns away who had to evacuate. It seems everywhere I go this week, so many are personally affected by this fire.

My heart breaks for all who have and continue to loose homes, pets and people close to them in this force of nature. I pray comfort and peace for everyone in the eye  of the “storm”. As the Lord continues to allow devastation in one form or another in more and more states… I continue to pray for comfort and peace in the midst of tragedy.

Personally, I am thankful that even if the fire revives once more near me, as it has done a couple times so far…. I know that nothing will separate me from His ever watchful presence… not even death.

So, I continue to be thankful and praise The Lord, come what may.

 

Heart Of David Deep Respect for God

 

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Some might wonder why God thought so highly of David. Part of the answer is that, in spite of his lapses, David usually wholeheartedly sought God’s will. He didn’t withdraw from the responsibilities of life. The biblical record shows that, the more conditions around David deteriorated, the more he grew in character.

David remained faithful to God throughout his life. His loyalty to His Creator was beyond question. Read about his reliance on God in the psalms of David. He was “the sweet psalmist of Israel” (2 Samuel 23:1).

Luke writes in the book of Acts the assessment of the apostle Paul, that David was a man after God’s own heart. God, wrote Paul, “raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will’ ” (Acts 13:22). What a tribute to the former shepherd boy who became king!

Further, a great scripture to meditate on is found in Job. In God’s own words, He makes known His majestic supremeness, worthy of our reverence same as David had….

Job 38 (NKJV)

The Lord Reveals His Omnipotence to Job

38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

“Who is this who darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
To what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

“Or who shut in the sea with doors,
When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
When I made the clouds its garment,
And thick darkness its swaddling band;
10 When I fixed My limit for it,
And set bars and doors;
11 When I said,
‘This far you may come, but no farther,
And here your proud waves must stop!’

12 “Have you commanded the morning since your daysbegan,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
And the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It takes on form like clay under a seal,
And stands out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the upraised arm is broken.

16 “Have you entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.

19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
20 That you may take it to its territory,
That you may know the paths to its home?
21 Do you know it, because you were born then,
Or because the number of your days is great?

22 “Have you entered the treasury of snow,
Or have you seen the treasury of hail,
23 Which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
For the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is light diffused,
Or the east wind scattered over the earth?

25 “Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water,
Or a path for the thunderbolt,
26 To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one,
A wilderness in which there is no man;
27 To satisfy the desolate waste,
And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?
28 Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth?
30 The waters harden like stone,
And the surface of the deep is frozen.

31 “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?
32 Can you bring out Mazzaroth[a] in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?

34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
That an abundance of water may cover you?
35 Can you send out lightnings, that they may go,
And say to you, ‘Here we are!’?
36 Who has put wisdom in the mind?
Or who has given understanding to the heart?
37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,
38 When the dust hardens in clumps,
And the clods cling together?

39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they crouch in their dens,
Or lurk in their lairs to lie in wait?
41 Who provides food for the raven,
When its young ones cry to God,
And wander about for lack of food?

 

Heart of David Humility

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Most of us like to see results and we prefer it if they come quickly. When God placed a hold on King David’s proposal to build a temple, David accepted it easily. That is a sign of his humility and wisdom. We’re not talking about a delay of a few months or years; David would never see the temple, an unborn son, Solomon, would build it. David knew better than to pursue a project that God had not anointed.

For David, project evaluation hung on one question. What’s the point of a temple if God’s presence does not fill it? We know that David made God’s presence a priority because one of his first acts as king was to relocate the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. David also listened to God. He understood what his son Solomon expressed later in a Psalm: “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (Ps. 127:1). David did not intend to waste time on the empty shell of a religious structure. Unless God blessed the project, the temple would add nothing to anyone’s spiritual life; God already met with His people in the tabernacle.

When God speaks of His dwelling place, he does not point to the temple, and he does not limit Himself to heaven. God dwells with people of humility and contrition:

Thus says the high and exalted One
Who lives forever, whose name is Holy,
“I dwell on a high and holy place,
And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of the contrite.” 
(Isa. 57:15)

“To this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.” (Isa. 66:2)

To be contrite means to acknowledge our limitations and failures (sins) and to turn from them.

Lowliness, or humility, is an acknowledgement of who we are in comparison to God. God is bigger than anything we can understand, better than the best we have experienced. In humility, we pursue Him for more of Himself.

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It takes humility to turn from our well-intentioned and noble tasks because God tells us to, with little explanation as to why we should stop. And that is what trembling at God’s word is all about. It means to take Him seriously, to listen with the intention of obeying. David dropped his plans as soon as God said so.

Our buildings and programs need to be seen in perspective. Our ministries might be thoroughly worthwhile and even successful but temples and churches, with all their activities, bear little fruit unless people who cherish the presence of God fill them. People filled with God are used to accomplish His eternal purposes. God promises spiritual revival to those who live in humility and contrition.

When King David laid aside his ambitious dream, he made way for something vastly better; through Solomon, God began building His eternal kingdom on earth (1 Chron. 17:14).

 

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David a man after God’s own heart

 

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I think I would like to dive deeper into the heart of David.  After all he was a man after God’s own heart…

I will start here with a summary and spend each day delving into a bit more of each characteristic.

10 Reasons David is Called “A Man After God’s Own Heart”

The following words describe the heart of David as seen in his own writings:

(All verses New International Version)

Humble – Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Psalm 62:9

Reverent – I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:3

Respectful – Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. Psalm 31:9

Trusting – 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? Psalm 27:1

Loving – I love you, O Lord, my strength. Psalm 18:1

Devoted – You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. Psalm 4:7

Recognition – I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. Psalm 9:1

Faithful – Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

Obedient – Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Psalm 119:34

Repentant – For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. Psalm 25:11

 

Bread Of Life

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Sometimes, people ‘fast’ – that is they go without food or other things – as a spiritual discipline, and it can be a stimulating and moving experience to fast for a day while reflecting on the idea that God  feeds His children that goes beyond the physical.

The image of the bread of life can work on different levels, and it should.  At it’s simplest, inspire us to think about what we ‘feed’ on in our daily lives, both literally and metaphorically.  Are we watching what we eat and treating our bodies as a temple?

What kinds of stories and images do we consume through watching trash-TV ceaselessly?  Where are we going to look for our soul food?  How does our popular culture make us feel when we have ‘eaten’ too much of it?  Where can we go to feed ourselves in such a way as to stop feeling hungry?

Excerpt from the book “Searching 4 Faith” by Brian Draper

No Fear In Christ

Satan’s understanding of who we are in Christ is evidenced by his repeated attempts to get us to submit to fear. When we are fully aware of the truth of who we are in Christ, we will not be afraid. The only thing Satan can do is to distract us from this truth. He does this by attempting to re-direct our focus, from our riches in Christ, onto our seemingly fearful circumstances. Satan knows he can’t rob us of our riches in Christ, so he has no choice but to encourage us to lose sight of all we have and all we are in Christ.

Though we may lose sight of this, at times, God continues to prove Himself faithful in our lives. Remember when the Armenian army surrounded the Israelites camp? (2 Kings 6:15-17) A fear struck servant came to Elisha with the disheartening news. However, Elisha assured the servant. So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (2 Kings 6:16 NKJV) Elisha prayed and instantly the servant’s eyes were opened to see the hills, all around, covered with horses and chariots of fire. The truth was that God had provided the Israelites more than enough protection from the Armenians. Elisha’s eyes were on what was true while the servant’s gaze had been distracted by the surrounding enemy. I wonder if the servant would have seen God’s army from the start had he not allowed the enemy to distract him from what was true.

Though, in Christ, I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37), on occasion, I allow intimidating circumstances distract me from this truth, and I submit myself to fear. Just as the turbulent waves of the sea distracted Peter from Jesus’ invitation to walk on water, causing Peter to be consumed by the waves, when I focus on the waves in my life overwhelming feelings of helplessness rob me of doing the impossible through Christ. Like Peter, when I fix my eyes on Jesus I am able to confidently rise above my fears and miraculously walk to Jesus, by faith, on what previously were my fears.

All throughout the Bible, God instructs people to not fear. Though we may feel sometimes this is easier said than done…

Whenever you find yourself overcome by fear, remember that there are more than 365 times the bible says not to…

Many people say, “It’s a nice thought to say that there are 365 ‘Fear not’s in the Bible, but it’s not true.” Indeed, there is not a version of the Bible that 365 times says, quote unquote, ”Fear not.” For instance, the King James Version says “Fear not” or “Be not afraid” 103 times, but not 365 times.

So why do I say that there are more than 365 “Fear nots” in the Bible?

“Fear” is spoken of over 500 times in the KJV. Furthermore, in addition to the “Fear nots” many times it’s saying “Fear God,” which really means reverence God alone and do not fear anyone or anything else. Expanding the search to look at verses encouraging us not to worry or not to be anxious would add many, many more “Fear not” Scriptures. This is why I say that there are more than 365 “Fear nots” in the Bible.

Perhaps this is God’s way of telling us never will we face a day that we will ever have a valid reason to be afraid. May our faith in Jesus shine so bright, extinguishing all ungodly fears, that those who don’t know Jesus will marvel at our boldness and know, as the Sanhedrin did after witnessing the boldness of Peter and John, that we have been with Jesus. (Acts 4:5-13)

 

 

partial excerpt from http://www1.cbn.com/devotions/victory-over-fear and http://www1.cbn.com/soultransformation/archive/2011/10/21/fear-not.-365-days-a-year

 

 

 

Scriptures For Fear

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Everyone feels afraid at some point — whether it’s a gnawing, anxious feeling or a paralyzing phobia. Any change, even positive changes like marriage or a promotion, can prompt feelings of fear. The Bible offers powerful alternatives to those voices, reminding readers repeatedly, “Do not be afraid.”

There Is Nothing To Fear

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

The Lord Will Help 

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)

God Delivers His People

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.” (Exodus 14:13)

Be Strong and Courageous

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

God’s Spirit Is Not Of Fear

For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7) 

Of Whom Shall We Be Afraid?

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? (Psalm 27:1)

We Can Stand In Confidence

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can Man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)

There Is Peace When We Turn Our Worries Over To The Lord

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)