Tag: Fear not
Scripture reading for March 17th: Deuteronomy 1-3, Psalm 36, Luke 5
Key Scriptures: Luke 5:8-11 “But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For He and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men. And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.”
Simon Peter, James and John were experienced fishermen on the Sea of Galilee. They had fished all night and caught nothing. Jesus met them as they were returning and told them to let down the net for a catch. A great harvest of fish ensued and Peter was brought under conviction and holy fear. Jesus spoke reassuringly to them and invited them to join Him in fishing for men!
Deuteronomy 1:21 “See, the Lord your God has set the land before you. Go up and take possession, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Faith Confession: At Your Word, Lord, I will follow You and fish for men. I trust in Your promise to be with me and empower me to walk in faith with no fear of man.
Psalm 36:7-8 “How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They feast on the abundance of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your delights.”
Scripture reading for March 19: Luke 12, Psalm 56, Proverbs 25
Key Scriptures: Luke 12:32-34 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”
Jesus, calling His disciples, ‘little flock’, instructed them in the amazing grace and provision of God, His Father. The Father delighted to give His Son’s followers the kingdom of heaven. It was a gift of His mercy and grace. Jesus told them that an appropriate faith response to this great gift would be to give away what they had here to the poor and needy. This demonstration of faith would open up to them the permanent treasury in heaven. They would find all their needs met in Christ Jesus and His amazing kingdom!
Faith Confession: Jesus, thank You for including me in Your flock! Help me to be generous with what You have blessed me with here so that I will have true riches in You in heaven. You are my Treasure in heaven.
Psalm 56:13 “For You have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of Life.”
Scripture reading for November 13th: Ezekiel 2-5, 1st Peter 5
Key Scriptures: 1st Peter 5:6-9 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”
Living in faith requires humility. We who believe must entrust all of our lives to God–the good and the trials of suffering. We must stay alert to the tricks of the enemy of our souls and resist the fear he tries to stir up. God cares for you and has promised to exalt you at the proper time. Cast those cares and resist the devil and his roars!
Ezekiel 2:6 “And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for caring for me and the promise of eternal life with You. Help me to cast all my cares and worries on You today. Amen.
Scripture reading for February 7th: Leviticus 5-8, Matthew 28
Key Scriptures: Matthew 28:1-5 “Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you seek Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen. . .”
Matthew’s account of the resurrection of Jesus describes the two Mary’s going to Jesus’ tomb and after experiencing an earthquake, seeing an angel of the Lord sitting on the stone which had been rolled away from the tomb’s mouth. The guards were like dead men. The angel recognized the women and told them not to be afraid. Jesus was alive from the grave! What awesome news!
Exodus 8:34 “As has been done today, the Lord has commanded it to be done to make atonement for you.”
Prayer: Father, thank You for sending Your son Jesus to die in my place. May I walk in freedom from fear of death because of Your Son’s perfect obedience. Amen.
Scripture reading for November 14th: Acts 15-19
Key Scriptures: Acts 18:9-11 “One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking; do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.”
Paul was a missionary who went to places where the Gospel had not yet been preached or the way of God taught. Sometimes he faced hostilities, persecution, and threats of death. But God gave him a vision and words of encouragement. He told Paul to keep on speaking and not to be afraid! There was a great harvest to be gained from this city where he was then ministering. God was with him to empower and protect him as he fearlessly preached and taught!
God’s word to Jeremiah–“Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. Today I have made you a fortified city, and iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land–against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you for I am with you and will rescue you,” declared the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:17-19)
Scripture reading for October 10th: Zechariah 8-11
Key Scriptures: Zechariah 9:9-10 “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.”
Zechariah called God’s people to rejoice greatly! This was because of the coming King. This King would be righteous and gentle and be marked by riding on the foal of a donkey. This was a contrast to the conquering kings who rode horses of war. This King would proclaim peace and His rule would cover the entire earth! He is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ!
Rejoice in the gentle King: “The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the King of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written, “Do not be afraid, O daughter of Zion; see, your King is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” (John 12:12-14)
Scripture reading for May 9th: Nehemiah 3-6
Key Scriptures: Nehemiah 4:13-14 “Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.””
Nehemiah was a wise leader who acted in faith and courage. He surveyed the situation and stationed the people as needed and encouraged them not to live in fear but to work and fight in faith. This faith was based in their Lord, who was great and awesome and who would fight for them!
Thankful for courage: Jesus Christ has said, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” (2nd Timothy 1:7)
Scripture reading for April 28th: 2nd Chronicles 17-21
Key Scriptures: 2nd Chronicles 20:15, 17, “He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. . . You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem.'”
King Jehoshaphat was in a hard place militarily. He was outnumbered and did not know what to do, so he prayed to God and looked for His help. God answered with this prophetic word of victory and encouragement. The battle was not Israel’s to fight, but God would bring the victory as they stood in faith!
Rejoicing in God’s Victory: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1st Corinthians 15:57-58)
Scripture reading for November 30th: Revelation 1
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 1:17-18 “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
John, the disciple who Jesus loved, wrote the final book of our Bible. It is a revelation of Jesus Christ! As John was worshiping God while imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos, he was given a vision of Jesus Christ standing before Him in resurrection glory. This caused John to fall down as a dead man! Jesus put His hand on him and spoke to him in words of revelation and reassurance! As One who tasted death for all mankind, and now was risen victorious over death, Jesus told John that He now possessed the keys of death and Hades and was alive for ever and ever!
Observations for over-comers: The resurrected Christ hold our key over death and Hades and tells us not to fear anything! “But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever–yes, for ever and ever.” (Daniel 7:18)
Scripture reading for May 29th: Acts 18
Paul had left Athens and went on to Corinth. There he joined up with Jewish believers Aquila and his wife Priscilla, who were tent-makers like he was. Paul devoted himself to preaching exclusively to the Jews, proclaiming Jesus as the Christ. This caused dissension and the Jews became abusive. Paul shook out his clothes and warned them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am clear of my responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” (Acts 18:6)
Paul moved his preaching base to a home in Corinth and had many converts who were baptized. “One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid: keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.” (Acts 18:9-11)
The Holy Spirit brought a vision to Paul on this missionary journey. This vision gave some specific instructions. First of all, Paul was not to be afraid of any opposition or persecution that might come his way. The Lord promised that he would be kept safe! He also told Paul to keep on preaching! This was no time to be silent or shrink back or even to move on to another field! God had many more people that would be reached in this city where he was now placed.
Are you worried about persecution or opposition? Do you keep silent when you know the Good News is needed? Let this Scripture and vision to Paul encourage you today to be bold and strong! Fear not! Open your mouth and share the Gospel! God will bring in the harvest!