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!
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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.
Slightly Obsessed #184: The Mark of Maturity
The infant finishes his bottle and smiles contentedly up at his mother. A trickle of milk courses down from the corner of his mouth. It’s a sweet scene because that’s what babies do. They are born with immature digestive systems and no teeth. Mother’s milk or formula are necessary for the child to survive and thrive. As they grow, their teeth begin to come in, their digestive abilities mature, and they can tolerate solid food.
Slightly Obsessed #183: He Knows Your Name
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Slightly Obsessed #182 "When Speaking the Truth Makes You the Enemy"
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