Promises of God – No fear!

2 Timothy 1:7

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. (Amplified Bible)

  • Fear has no place in our hearts as believers!
    • Read Romans 8:15
    • Consider our status as “joint heirs” with Christ, our sense of His love for us (Read: 1 John 4:18)
    • Read Ephesians 3:17 – 19
  • We have a spirit of power! I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ!  (Philippians 4:13)
  • We have a spirit of love! (Romans 5:5)
  • Through the Holy Spirit we have a sound mind. Strong’s Concordance says that “sound mind” here is discipline and self-control. We also have the promise of peace (John 14:27).

Next Steps

Meditate on these bible verses and incorporate them into your prayers. This will cause fear to dissipate.

  • Father I thank you that I do not have a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power of love and a sound mind!
  • Father I thank you that I have the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ according to his promise and I receive this peace right now in this situation that I face.
  • Abba Father, I thank you for your love for me and pray that I may have a fresh revelation of this love and of the knowledge of my place as a joint heir with Christ. I know that you go with me into this situation with me right now. In this knowledge let me not be fearful but bold and full of wisdom and a sound mind!

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Reflections on Entering God’s Rest

Hebrews 4:10 – 16 (Amplified Bible)

For the one who has once entered His rest has also rested from [the weariness and pain of] his [human] labors, just as God rested from [those labors uniquely] His own. 11 Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience [as those who died in the wilderness]. 12 For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged [b]sword, penetrating as far as the division of the [c]soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account. 14 Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior]. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. 16 Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

  • The work is complete, all that we need in life has already been provided by and through the Lord Jesus. As Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want.”
  • This covers spiritual, physical and natural needs
  • We should rest and expect all enemies to be brought under the feet of Christ (Psalm 110:1-2). This is because Jesus conquered sin and death
  • Ephesians 1:20, 22-23
  • Whatever we need God to do for us has already been done at the cross (just as God had provided the Israelites everything they needed in the promised land)
  • When we rest, God works

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The blood of Jesus gives us the security!

Romans 5:17
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

  • Righteousness is a GIFT.
    • Why is it so difficult to believe that if we could become sinners through Adam, that we can become righteous through Christ?
  • In Egypt, On the night of the Passover, when God saw the blood, He caused the Angel of Death to pass over that household.
    • The only thing that the Isralites did was to follow the direction and paint the door posts with the blood
    • If we believe this story, why is it so difficult to believe that we are righteous through Christ?
    • It’s not when the angel sees the family’s good works, it’s when it sees the blood!
  • The blood of Jesus gives us the security.
    • Jesus is the measure of our righteousness.
    • Seek intensely to be righteousness-conscious everyday, know that you are righteous through him!
    • Whenever we are self-righteous, we are an abomination.
    • He who condemns the righteous is an abomination to God.
    • What if you condemn yourself? You are condemning the righteous when you condemn yourself?
      • Don’t we do this when we feel we don’t have enough to accomplish something?
      • When we think we are unworthy or can’t do something we are called to do?
      • Those are the attacks of the evil one (1 Peter 5:8-9) who we are called to resist!
  • Let’s choose to be conquerors through Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37-39)!

Ephesians 1:17–21 – Our Daily Prayer

Ephesians 1:17-21 Amplified Bible (AMP)

17 [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son]. 18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the [a]hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the[b]saints (God’s people), 19 and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength 20 which He [c]produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come.

  • Proverbs 4:7 says “Getting wisdom is the most important thing that you can do!” (The Living Bible)
  • The knowledge of Jesus is defined in the text as wisdom! “… [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son].…”
  • Do we truly know and believe the grace and power that is in our life the unmerited favor because of Jesus act on the cross?
  • Do we know how much we are loved?
  • Jesus knew He was the beloved son of God! Do we know that we are the beloved sons and daughters of God?
  • Focus on Jesus and see Jesus, know He is with you and loves you deeply, trust in His active power in your life!
  • This is key for us to achieve victory through Christ!

 

We Have God’s Favor! It is all about Jesus – His victory is our victory!

How big and great a factor our Lord Jesus is in our lives, when we let Him! I am convinced that one of the battles of faith in our lives is to see the greatness of our God and Lord Jesus, to see and know that God surpasses anything and everything that we face in life. That we need to see Jesus and His greatness and not the problem! Because of Jesus all the blessings of Heaven are raining upon us and blessings are chasing us down (Deuteronomy 28:2). The key is our faith in this, our belief in this. I then came upon a beautiful word out of Isaiah.

Isaiah 54

The Message (MSG)

Spread Out! Think Big!

54 1-6 “Sing, barren woman, who has never had a baby.
Fill the air with song, you who’ve never experienced childbirth!
You’re ending up with far more children
than all those childbearing women.” God says so!
“Clear lots of ground for your tents!
Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!
Use plenty of rope,
drive the tent pegs deep.
You’re going to need lots of elbow room
for your growing family.
You’re going to take over whole nations;
you’re going to resettle abandoned cities.
Don’t be afraid—you’re not going to be embarrassed.
Don’t hold back—you’re not going to come up short.
You’ll forget all about the humiliations of your youth,
and the indignities of being a widow will fade from memory.
For your Maker is your bridegroom,
his name, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel,
known as God of the whole earth.
You were like an abandoned wife, devastated with grief,
and God welcomed you back,
Like a woman married young
and then left,” says your God.

7-8 Your Redeemer God says:

“I left you, but only for a moment.
Now, with enormous compassion, I’m bringing you back.
In an outburst of anger I turned my back on you—
but only for a moment.
It’s with lasting love
that I’m tenderly caring for you.

9-10 “This exile is just like the days of Noah for me:
I promised then that the waters of Noah
would never again flood the earth.
I’m promising now no more anger,
no more dressing you down.
For even if the mountains walk away
and the hills fall to pieces,
My love won’t walk away from you,
my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart.”
The God who has compassion on you says so.

11-17 “Afflicted city, storm-battered, unpitied:
I’m about to rebuild you with stones of turquoise,
Lay your foundations with sapphires,
construct your towers with rubies,
Your gates with jewels,
and all your walls with precious stones.
All your children will have God for their teacher—
what a mentor for your children!
You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness,
far from any trouble—nothing to fear!
far from terror—it won’t even come close!
If anyone attacks you,
don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them,
And if any should attack,
nothing will come of it.
I create the blacksmith
who fires up his forge
and makes a weapon designed to kill.
I also create the destroyer—
but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged.
Any accuser who takes you to court
will be dismissed as a liar.
This is what God’s servants can expect.
I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.”
God’s Decree.

  • We need to think big under the influence of what the spirit prompts and according to His word. God is with us. King David had this attitude when he defeated Goliath and when Saul pursued him and tried to kill him (1 Samuel 17, 1 Samuel 24).
  • We are grounded in righteousness. Not because of what we do, but it is a gift of grace. This is undeserved pure and saving grace. All because of the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus. This means that as the bible says we can be confidant, feeling no condemnation, never feeling like we do not measure up. We can hold our head high because of Christ (He is our identity, we are perfected in and through Him). How can we ever have words to describe what this means, and what the impact this sacrifice has had on our life. Often people are offended or stressed or feel like they don’t measure up. We need to reject all these thoughts and embrace the victory of our risen Lord and the overwhelming power it brings to our lives.
  • Nothing can hurt us and nothing can hold us back. We have the victory. It happened thousands of years ago and the victor is Christ!
  • Hope has a name, joy has a name, peace has a name, love has a name and that name is Jesus Christ! Praise His name forever!

Kari Jobe – Forever (live) with Isaac Wimberley

This is moving and will bless you! I also found what Isaac Wimberley says toward the end and include below. God bless!

Kari Jobe web site

Isaac Wimberley web site

If there are words for Him then I don’t have them. 
You see, my brain has not yet reached the point where it could form a thought that could adequately describe the greatness of my God,
and my lungs have not yet developed the ability to release a breath with enough agility to breathe out the greatness of his love,
and my voice, you see, my voice, is so inhibited, restrained by human limits that it’s hard to even sing the praise of…  You see,
if there are words for Him then I don’t have them. 
My God, his grace is remarkable,
mercies are enumerable,
strength is impenetrable.
He is honorable, accountable, favorable.
He is unsearchable yet knowable,
indefinable yet approachable,
indescribable yet personal.
He is beyond comprehension,
further than imagination,
constant thru generations,
king of every nation.
But if there are words for Him then I don’t have them.
You see, my words are few,
and to try to capture the one true God, using my vocabulary will never do,
but I use words as an expression,
an expression of worship to a savior,
a savior who is both worthy and deserving of my praise, so I use words.
My heart extols the Lord, blesses his name forever.
He has won, my heart captured my mind and has bound them both together.
He has defeated me in my rebellion, conquered me in my sin.
He has welcomed me into his presence, completely invited me in.
He has made himself the object of my sight,
flooding me with mercies in the morning,
drowning me with grace in the night.
But if there are words for Him then I don’t have them. 
But what I do have is good news,
for my God knew that man-made words would never do.
For words are just tools that we use to point to the truth.
So he sent his son Jesus Christ as “The Word”, living proof.
He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation.
For by him all things are created,
giving nothingness formation,
and by his words he sustains, in the power of his name, for He is before all things and over all things he reigns, holy is his name, so praise him for his life…
The way, he persevered in strife, the humble son of God becoming the perfect sacrifice.
Praise him for his death…
that He willingly stood in our place,
that he lovingly endured the grave,
that he battled our enemy and on the third day rose in victory.
He is everything that was promised,
praise him as your risen king,
lift your voice and sing,
for one day he will return for us and we will finally be united with our savior for eternity, eternity.
So it’s not just words that I proclaim,
for my words point to “The Word” and “The Word” has a name,
hope has a name,
joy has a name,
peace has a name,
love has a name and that name is Jesus Christ.
Praise his name forever!

-Isaac Wimberley

“…But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

1 John 4:10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

It is overwhelming when we realize how much we are loved. In the story of Abraham and Isaac, when God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son, the son of promise, as the bible says. We are filled with compassion for Abraham over how difficult this must have been for him. Isaac carried the wood up the mountain for his sacrifice, just as Christ carried His cross up the mountain for His sacrifice. God spared Isaac, but did not spare His only son. Heaven’s best the unblemished, perfect sacrifice was given for us! So yes, we are loved greatly and the purchase of our sins was an over payment.  God is aware of all that we face and has compassion for us in all we face. He is with us always and the moment we turn to Him he is there. The key is to more and more have a revelation of His love for us and how great and indescribable it is. We receive a revelation of His love through the word. We get this when we read and hear about our Lord and Savior. This in turn increases our faith and produces greater love in us.

Then we turn to another word out of John.

John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Our perfect lamb and Bridegroom Jesus overcame the world. We have the same power to overcome that He has through the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we become tired by circumstances. In these times let us take heart and see the greatness of our God and Jesus which words could never describe. We then no longer see the difficulty but our loving savior. See that Jesus is greater, our God is greater than anything we face and know that our God hears us when we cry out to him. The bible says that the Israelite’s when they were in Egypt groaned and God heard and answered their cry and delivered them. So even a groan reached the throne of God. In the same way when we see Jesus and his greatness and call He will answer and provide the strength, peace and the means out  of our situation, the solution. It also says in the bible that Jesus has all things under His feet, including whatever we are facing right now.

So take heart and rest in the finished work of Jesus.