Oh no – what am I gonna do? I’m scared to death! I hope I make it through the day! This could kill me! I don’t know about you (actually I do J) but I am so sick and tired of Satan successfully tempting us to be afraid when we should have courageous faith in God being with us. One of Satan’s most effective lies is causing Christians to be afraid like King Saul instead of being fearlessly faithful like David. If (since) God is with us and fighting for us what in the world are we afraid of?! Fear paralyzes us and keeps us from having joy and peace. It pollutes our beautiful relationship with God. It plays right into Satan’s hand. Enough already! RISE UP! Trust God! Attack fear with faith. Know that God is in control and He is with you every step of the way. Be determined to have a spirit of power and love and discipline! Read Numbers 14:1-9; I Samuel 17:41-47; II Timothy 1:7-8 and then listen to Rise Up by Third Day – AND THEN RISE UP!!!
P.S. Imagine if you took a few minutes each day to forward these morning scripture/song devotionals to co-workers, family, friends, etc.? How hard is that? Maybe they will help a loved one come closer to Jesus. Maybe when this crazy virus goes away they will come to visit Walnut Hill Church of Christ and one day go to heaven. That’s part of Jesus taking control.
P.P.S. Stars falling to the earth, moon becoming like blood, etc. Tonight at 7:00 p.m. we see the final judgment in Revelation 6:12-17. You need to study this with me.
That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
1 Samuel 17:41-47
Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
2 Timothy 1:7-8
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.