A Look at Fear . . . Part 2

Rom 8 35 37to38

Halley’s Bible says of this scripture ~

“The sacred, permanent, unbroken love of Christ for us. His death for us, His forgiveness. He has given Himself to us in the person of the Holy Spirit. If we are His, no power on earth, or in heaven, or in hell, can prevent His bringing us to Himself.”

Matthew Henry ~

“All that God is, and has, and does, is for His people. And if so, ‘Who can be against us?’ And prevail against us? Be they ever so strong, so many ~ What can they do?

While God is for us and we keep in His love, we may defy all the powers of darkness. Let Satan do his worst. He is chained.

Who then dares fight against us, while God Himself is fighting for us?

Psalm 118:6 AMP ~ “The Lord is on my side, I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:6 AMP ~ “So we take comfort and are encouraged, and confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, in time of need, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?’ “

 

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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The Sin of Murder . . .

He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him ~ 1 John 3:14,15.

This is the sixth commandment : You shall not murder.

Make what Jesus has done

There was a time in my teens and young adulthood that my hatred of my grandmother went so far as to want to get rid of her. She was a nasty and bitter old woman who lived with us and drove me crazy. It was very sad. But when I got born again, I began to pray for her. By this stage I was married. I heard a preacher talking about his experience of bringing a senile aged relative to the Lord. I was encouraged and inspired. I continued to pray for my grandmother and I sent her a letter to apologise for my part in our differences and I told her Jesus loved her. My mum read it to her but didn’t know if she even understood.

It was coming up to Christmas, so I decided that when we arrived at mum and dad’s place on Christmas day, the first thing I was going to do was go and pray with my grandmother. I had been praying that God would open up a moment of clarity so that her spirit would understand and receive Him.

At this point in time she was not going well and was bed-ridden. I read the prayer for salvation line by line and waited for her to repeat each one and as she did I went on to the next line until we had said the whole prayer. I left her to rest, believing by faith that she had received something.

A little while after Christmas my sister was sitting singing praise songs to her and she responded by singing with her!

Now you had to know my grandmother to appreciate the fact that God had moved in a big way and this was a definite confirmation of her salvation!

I was so thankful to God for His mercy and grace, poured out over a bitter old woman who had not been raised knowing Him, but who had now been saved by grace.

And by faith and a choice to not hate and resent any longer, but to love.

Some scriptures pertaining to this article ~                                                                         Exodus 20:13 ~ Matthew 5:43-47 ~ Luke 6:27-38 ~ Romans 12:10-21 ~ Galatians 5:14-16 ~ 1 John 3:14,15 ~ All 1 John ~ 2 John 5,6