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?’ “

 

Holy Spirit : My Peace, Hope, and Joy . . .

Day 1

I used to be quite a bad-tempered person, particularly in my teenage/young adult years. I’ve slammed doors into the wall so hard, kicked things, or the wall, thrown things so ferociously, that I either made a hole or broke a window. I couldn’t tell you when I realized that my temper had gone, all I know is that when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and received His Peace, Hope and Joy on the inside through baptism in water and the Holy Spirit, I became a new creature.

Having been raised a Catholic, there came a time I really did believe and say the creed from my heart. Then a little while later I got prayed over to receive Jesus into my heart and receive the Holy Spirit. I had never heard anyone speak in tongues before so I respectfully declined that part of the process.

Then, 12-18 months later, 8 months pregnant with my third child, sitting on the end of my bed reading a book on the Holy Spirit by Kenneth Hagin, I got baptised in the Holy Spirit, and spoke in tongues!

God is so good. He knows the perfect time for each of us to take our next step with Him.

When you decide to ask Jesus to come and live in your heart, take the next step as well, and even if you were baptised as a baby, make the commitment to be baptised in water as a born-again new creation and receive the Holy Spirit along with it.

Each of us, as adults, must make our own personal decision for Christ some time in our lives.

Baptism is the outward witness of the commitment to Jesus that has been made. Going down under the water we die with Him, and then are raised to new life as we come up again.

The day I was baptised was the most exciting day of my Christian life.

What I’m saying is : Holy Spirit gives me power from on high to stick with it when things are tough, and not give up. He brings a peace, hope and joy into my life, even in really bad times, that keeps my faith strong. It’s not by my might that I live each day, but by the power of the Spirit of God.

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DAY 2
Psalm 4:8 ~ “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, do make me to dwell in safety.”

DAY 3
John 14:25-27 ~ But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

DAY 4
Acts 1:8 ~ “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

Acts 2:3,4 ~ “And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.”

DAY 5
Romans 8:9-11 ~ “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.”

DAY 6
Romans 15:13 ~ “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

DAY 7
Titus 3:4-7 ~ “But when the kindness of God our Saviour and His love for mankind appeared,
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour,
that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

WANT MORE ? ~ Try all of Romans chapter 15.

If you would like to pray the prayer of Salvation, and give your heart to Jesus Christ, there is a link at the top of this page.

Also, for an explanation of how to use this devotional, see my earlier blog : Walking with God . . .

 

The Psalms and the Armour of God . . .

The Psalms are full of David’s pleas to God in the midst of his calamity and depression. It was like he was on a roller coaster, up one minute, down the next, then round the bend, and finally on the straight and narrow. But in all of his ups and downs he always called out to, and relied upon God to deliver him.

His declarations that the Lord was a refuge for him, a high tower and a stronghold in times of trouble carried him through.

I have been reading the Psalms in the Amplified Bible and of ‘trouble’ it says : high cost, destitution and desperation. David also prayed that God would lighten the eyes of his faith so that he could behold God’s face in the pitch-like darkness (of destitution and desperation), lest he sleep the sleep of death. David knew that if he didn’t stay on track with God, no matter what was happening in his life, that he would lose all faith and trust in the Only One who could or would deliver him out of the darkness.

At this time in David’s life, King Saul was out to kill him out of jealousy of David’s great feats and his huge popularity. David spent quite some time hiding out in the hills and caves, crying out to God to deliver him. His endless praises to God, his declarations of God as his fortress, his deliverer, his stronghold, his high tower, and also how God’s way is perfect and brings the shield of Salvation, came before God, into His very ears.

When David became aware that God had heard him, he pursued his enemies. He acted by faith that God had girded him with strength for the battle and he went on the offensive, knowing that he had God’s favour and protection, instead of spending the rest of his days on the defensive. He had spent so much time in crying out to God in prayer, intercession and travail, that his faithfulness had brought him to a place where he could shout :

“ The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the refuge and stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”

At the end of this Psalm he states very confidently, pretty much as a testimony :

“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord ; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for, and hope for, and expect the Lord.”

So because of David’s great tenacity in pursuing God’s blessings and favour, he now calls God his strength and impenetrable shield, and he has come to rely on, trust, and confidently lean on Him for help. This causes his heart to greatly rejoice and sing praises to the Lord. God turns David’s mourning into dancing and great gladness, and he sings to God a new song, committing his very spirit into God’s hands.

To the end that his tongue and his heart and everything glorious within him sang praise to God and could not be silent.

“Oh Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

In the secret place of God’s presence, he was being hidden from the plots of men, knowing that all those who trust in the Lord and rely upon and confidently lean upon Him, shall be compassed about (circled) with mercy and lovingkindness.

God is righteous and just. He is merciful and loving, and in fact, His lovingkindness extends to the skies, and His faithfulness to the clouds. In other words, He is everywhere. How precious is His love.

We can, as David did, take refuge and put our trust under the shadow of His wings.

“For with God is the fountain of life ; In His light, we see light.”

When we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires and secret petitions of our hearts. He will draw us up out of the pit of destruction, and out of the miry clay, and set us upon a rock (Jesus) steadying our steps and establishing our goings. He will put a new song into our mouths, songs of praise to our God.

As children of the New Covenant we can still draw upon, and will always be able to draw upon, all of the benefits that David had, but we also have a new mandate. And that is that Jesus commands us to :

‘Love our enemies, and our neighbours as ourselves.’

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Today, as children of the New Covenant, bought for us by Jesus’ blood and His forgiveness of mankind’s sin, we no longer fight with flesh and blood, or in other words, with physical opponents ; but our fight is against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places, or in other words, the devil and all his nasty cohort who are each day trying to bring us down. David recognised this and fought it with God’s words that were in his heart.

So in Ephesians 6:13-17 we are told to put on our armour, the full armour of God. And having done all possible through prayer and supplication to God, to stand in faith. This armour is :

* The Helmet of Salvation
* The Breastplate of Righteousness
* The Shield of Faith
* The Belt of Truth
* The Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God
* Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace

Praying at all times in the Spirit.

This is how we prepare for the battles of this life ~

1. We need to come to a place in our hearts where we  desire to make Jesus Lord of our lives ~ This is the Helmet of Salvation.
2. We need to live holy and clean and sin free lives ~ This is the Breastplate of Righteousness.
3. We need to put all our trust in God, as David did ~ This is our Shield of Faith.
4. We need to get into God’s Word regularly and  discover Him and His Will ~ This is the Belt of Truth.
5. We need to make His Word real in our lives by meditating upon what we read and learning it and confessing it before others, and keeping in tune with it by expecting revelation from Holy Spirit ~ This is the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
6. We need to be prepared to take His Word to others ~ This is the Gospel of Peace.

You will find all the references to the above in Psalms 1-37.