Sunday, September 23, 2007

Meditation

“And now dear children, continue in Him, so that when He appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming.” I John 2:28

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies Himself, just as He is pure.” I John 3:2-3

Lord, I pray for my friend who is reading Your Word right now, to purify them from all doubt, hesitation, fear, and sin. Give them renewed purity in You, to be more like You, Father. Give them an extra measure of boldness and willingness to fight the fight that they have already undertaken with a courage that is even more determined and resolute than ever before. Enable my friend praying this prayer to receive and accept a new position of leadership in their life, to spread Your Word, and to receive favor that allows their life to be light and goodness for all to see. Give them an uncommon boldness and a clear recognition of the impact for which You have destined them. I thank You in advance for these and all of Your rich gifts, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, we praise Your holy name, Amen.

Blessings.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Whom Do You Fear?

Psalm 27:1 Proverbs 14:27

Fear is actually a good thing for several reasons. In the natural, fear points us to and reveals Giants in our lives. Fear is the compass that identifies our Goliath. That which we fear is most likely to be the very thing that needs to be dealt with in our life - NOW.

In reality, only one fear is necessary - the fear of God. That proper fear takes the place of all other fears. When we recognize God's awesome power we take on a healthy fear for Him, an all-consuming respect that rudders our ship. That fear is a very healthy quality, providing us inner peace and serenity.

David had the right perspective. He says in Psalm 27:1, The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?

A healthy and genuine fear of God amazingly allows us to not have to fear anyone or anything else, including death itself. Through Jesus, we have even taken the fear of death out of the equation. Through Him, we have eternal life, meaning we have transcended death itself.

Proper fear replacing irrational and unnecessary fears is extremely empowering as we dedicate ourselves to Slaying Our Giants. It is the perspective that allows us to move on to a better life. Solomon says in Proverbs 14:27, "The fear of the Lord is the fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death."

I'll say it again, "when you fear God, there is no need to fear anything else." That's right, I said "anything" else. Imagine how gaining release from past, consuming fears will free up your life. Imagine how many times you have allowed yourself to be stopped by unfounded fears. Imagine the confidence that you will develop in the absence of fear. With Christ, our past fears are unfounded and unnecessary. The roles and rewards that eluded you in the past can become reality with the deep confidence we experience in Christ that replaces fear!

It's time to bow down at the altar of Almighty God, rather than bowing down at the altar of fear.
Can fear be a good thing? Absolutely, but only if it is the proper fear. Respectful fear for Christ, accompanied with steadfast love, obedience and trust for Him is the sign of genuine Christianity.

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