Posts Tagged ‘do not fear’

Tell Others

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Thus says the Lord to you, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15b

1. LET GOD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES. When Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, learned that his enemy was about to attack him on three fronts, he sought God. Instead of dwelling on all the problems, he deliberately began to praise God and remember how powerful God is (2 Chronicles 20:6). When there is an alarming situation or a terrible circumstance, our minds want to fixate on it instead of turning our attention to seek the Lord. But it’s when we get our hearts fixed on God that breakthrough happens.

2. WORSHIP YOUR WAY TO VICTORY. Jehoshaphat did something unprecedented in military history: He put praise-and-worshipers on the front line of battle. While they were worshiping God, the enemy was defeated! Instead of being overcome by impossible-looking circumstances, we can actually sing, pray, and worship our way to victory.

He appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 2 Chronicles 20:21b-22 NKJV

3. FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS. As Jehoshaphat sought God, he declared, “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on You” (2 Chronicles 20:12b). So gaze at God and only glance at your problems. Rededicate yourself to reading the Word, where you’ll see the faithfulness of God through the ages. Pull up breakthrough moments in your past and write them down. When you praise and worship God, darkness is pushed back, anxiety dissipates, and God brings the breakthrough.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
Therefore, since I have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding me, I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles, I run with endurance the race that is set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

fix, noun
To cause to be firmly attached. To decide upon or fix definitely. To make fixed, stable or stationary. To put (something somewhere) firmly.

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God Is With You

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Jesus centered. Jesus is the most admirable, deserving, worthy person in the universe. He is fully God and fully man. He never leaves us or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5), and He is an ever present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1). God rescued Daniel from the lions. God was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego in the fire and they were not burned. Just like God was with those men, just like God was with Paul in prison—He is with you.

Out of the lions’ den. When David was in a cave hiding from his enemies, he wrote about his soul being among lions (Psalm 57:4). Satan is like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). He’ll try to attack people’s finances, hinder people’s thinking, and suppress creativity. We are to resist him, firm in our faith. That’s why we need to be renewed in the spirit of our mind and use the shield of faith to extinguish all his fiery darts (Ephesians 4:23; 6:16).

Get your eyes on God. In the cave, David reminded himself of God’s goodness. He acknowledged the problem, and then shifted his focus: “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens and Your truth to the clouds” (Psalm 57:7, 10). You can take hold of the promises of God and speak them boldly—even while you are surrounded by enemies.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

Keep moving. Don’t get stuck in the middle of your trial. Paul admits that there are troubles in this life, but (and there is always a “but”) God has solutions and answers. No matter how difficult circumstances have been, God wants to help you get back up (Proverbs 24:16). Every trial has an end, but God’s mercies never end—so let Him have the final say in your situation. You will make it through.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2012 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.