Fear? Not Me!

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
Fear may be the most destructive and demoralizing weapon in our enemy’s arsenal.  The deceiver uses fear to discourage, to demean, to distract and to detour.
Author J. Ruth Glender tells us, “Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small.”
Fear stops our steps of faith.  
Fear influences our choices.  
Fear can change direction.  
Fear can eat away our confidence.  
Fear can tear apart relationships.
Paul, as an early church statesman needed to encourage a younger church servant.  He emphatically tells Timothy that fear is not from God.  That needs repeating . . . FEAR IS NOT FROM GOD.

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A Good Friend

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you.
John 15:13–15 NIV
Several years ago, Israel Houghton wrote a simple chorus. Every time I hear it, it moves me. The lyrics read,
“I am a friend of God. 
I am a friend of God. 
I am a friend of God. 
He calls me friend.”
He’s the King of Kings and He calls us friend. 
He’s the Mighty God and He calls us friend. 
He’s The Great I Am and He calls us friend.
True friendship is never based on what you know, what you have or what you do, but on who you know and who knows you.
Houghton reminds us of our value to God,

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You’re In It.

I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do.
John 17:15-16 NLT

Get out or get in?
Build a wall or build a bridge?
Run away or reach out?

As Jesus prayed for His followers, He asked His Father for assistance, not abandonment.  God does not remove us from the problems of existing evil. Instead, He reminds us of Read More

What Will I Be?

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 NLT

We all want to “fit in”.  We find out what’s trending and we follow.  Many say they want Read More