A Look At Fear . . . Part 1

PSALM 27:1 NLT ~ The Lord is my light and my salvation, so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?

The RSV translation says, Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

The AMP Bible says, Whom shall I dread?

Halley’s Bible says, Fearless trust in God as the strength of my life ~ sing, pray and wait on the Lord.

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Matthew Henry ~ It is possible that I can be God’s light in the world around me. He is my salvation, in whom I am safe, and by whom I shall be saved. He is the strength of my life. Not only the protector of my exposed life, but the strength of my frail, weak, life.

 

 

 

Loving Your Enemy . . .

Praise and Worship are the weapons of warfare!

Matthew 5:44 NLT ~ “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”

Proverbs 25:21-22 AMP ~ “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. For in doing so, you will heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord will reward you.”

I always thought that this verse was heaping judgement upon those who wronged me.

But this is not to be understood as a revengeful act, but quite the opposite. The High Priest, on the day of Atonement, took his censer and filled it with coals of fire from off the Altar of burnt offerings, and then put incense on the coals, to create a pleasing sweet-smelling fragrance. The cloud or smoke of the incense covered the Mercy Seat and was acceptable to God for atonement. (Leviticus 16:12)

Samuel Wesley wrote ~ “So artists melt the sullen ore of lead, By heaping coals of fire upon its head, In the kind warmth the metal learns to glow, And pure from dross the silver runs below.”

Dross is dirt, refuse, waste.

The writer of Proverbs 25:21-22 above, understood the process of creating something beautiful from refuse or waste.

Matthew Henry wrote ~ “We shall mollify (soften) them (our enemy) as the refiner melts the metal in the crucible, not only by putting it over the fire, but by heaping coals of fire upon it. The way to turn an enemy into a friend, is to act towards him in a friendly manner.”

This sheds a whole new light for me on this scripture. The coals heaped over the dross being refined (or in this case our enemy) by loving them, softens the piece being shaped and in relation to a person softens the heart to prepare them for shaping and moulding to what the creator wants to make. Out of waste comes hope and a precious new creation!

How cool is that!

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What do you see for yourself this year 2020? . . .

We, as Christians, will not have a full hunger for God while we’re satisfied with other things.

We need to stop being distracted from the things that God has called each one of us to do for His Kingdom.

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It is time for us to seek the Lord and discover (if we don’t already know) what it is that God had always intended for each of us to do.

The more we can understand what God is calling each of us to do, the more effective we will be.

We need to pursue our walk with Christ like never before. Get our eyes off our troubles, and focus on the Spirit of God.

Never lose hope, it is the anchor for the soul.

 

“Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” Ephesians 5:16-17

Did You Know That . . .

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He’s surely alive and in control . . .

And to quote an old Sunday school song . . .

“He’s got the whole world in His hands” . . .

And He’s not letting go!

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Help us to look to You, Lord God . . .

We cry out to You ~ and ~

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Heal us, O Lord, and we will be healed ~

Save us, and we will be saved ~

Our praises are for You alone!

Jeremiah 17:14

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Life ~ Protection ~ Comfort ~ Mercy ~ Grace ~ and lots of rain!