Jordan For Jesus #004 "Fear God" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-03-13 07:20:35
God tells us, in the Bible, 365 times not to fear! That is once for each and every single day of the year. True courage is fearing no one and nothing but God alone. The Bible says, in Proverbs 9:10, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." True wisdom is knowing that only God is wise! God has given us His wisdom through His word.
In proverbs 9:10, we know and understand to fear only God Himself. This is God's wisdom, instruction, as well as guidance for us. Jesus said, in Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
We cannot be bold, strong, fearless, and courageous in our own strength but only in Christ who alone is our strength! Apart from God, we are nothing and can do nothing, but in Christ, who is more than everything, we can do all things and more! Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!"
Fear is a lie from the devil! Fear stands for false evidence appearing real. Don't let fear stop you from being all that God has called you to be! Today choose to be strong, bold, fearless and courageous! Be like Jesus. Only fear God!
On a recent hot July day, we took in an air show in our town. Vintage planes, including a couple of impressive old warbirds, sat majestically on the tarmac for inspection as we darted from wing to wing to find relief from the withering heat.
These planes are still operable, so although some of them were open for people to walk through, the cockpits were off-limits for obvious reasons. No one wanted a tragedy to happen because an unauthorized person tampered with the controls. People who don’t know what they’re doing shouldn’t be in control.
Slightly Obsessed #189: The Calling
The sound must have been a maddening echo that haunted him at first, tormented by the rooster’s crow that mocked his empty proclamation of loyalty. For three days, his faith lay in the grave with the Savior’s body, darkened by the memory of his public desertion.
Slightly Obsessed #188: Freedom
He was shouting “Freedom” as he plowed his car at twenty-one miles an hour into the granite monument engraved with the Ten Commandments.
A video posted on the suspect’s Facebook page depicted the man in his car facing the monument as a women’s voice, presumably on a car radio, asked, “Where do you go when you’re faced with adversity and trials and challenges?”
Slightly Obsessed #187: He Reigns
Has a more beautiful declaration ever been written? Without that truth, we would have been forever lost to life. But because God had all authority firmly in His grasp, Satan had no chance of wresting the universe from Him. Because God reigns, Jesus could heal sickness, forgive sins, and conquer death. Because God is in control, evil was outwitted. Because He is Lord, there is power behind the words, “It is finished.”
Slightly Obsessed #186: When the Path Ahead Is Fearsome
The room was dark and shadowed, the only sound within its walls the rhythmic whoosh of the ventilator beside my son’s bed. I sat on an uncomfortable chair jammed into one corner of the room. In the faint light that fell from the window across the pages of the Bible I held, I tried to corral my stampeding fears long enough to find some comfort from God’s Word. Outside the door of his room, a cacophony of voices from the nurses’ station jarred our shattered nerves.
Slightly Obsessed #185: Clean
They were just turning down the lights in the sanctuary as I awkwardly slid into a seat near the back of the church. I was tired and soiled by the previous week. Life had been especially difficult, and I had not handled the pressure well. I felt completely unhinged spiritually and wholly unworthy to be in God’s presence. The worship team began with one of my favorite songs, and I hoped I didn’t look as vulnerable as I felt.