SOWING AND REAPING…


Galatians 6:7-9 – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”  NASB

In Chapter 5:17-25 there is a description of the works of the flesh contrasted to the fruit of the Spirit.  The contrast is between rottenness and perfect soundness, between the basest and the best.  The works of the flesh are separate individual acts. The fruit (not fruits) of the Spirit are all of one but manifold in expression. 

Here the apostle speaks about sowing and to the flesh and sowing to the Spirit.  In this, there are several things that must be observed and considered.

THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING – Is an Unalterable Law.

The law is, “whatsoever a man sows, this he will also reap.” (v.7). 

The Seed is a vital consideration.  Without the seed, there is no harvest.  The harvest, although guaranteed, will not be according to how much we know, but how much we sow.  We could have a large cache of seed in the barn of the mind (knowledge), but unless that is planted it will provide no benefit in the time of harvest.  The seeds of thought are sown in words and deeds.  Peter tells us in 1 Peter 1:23 that the Word of God is the incorruptible seed and it always brings forth after its kind.

The Soil is important.  There are basically two classifications of soil, the Flesh, and the Spirit.  Sowing to the flesh is sowing rotten seed in corrupted soil.  Nothing of value is produced and the only possible harvest is corruption.  We sow to the flesh when we sow to our carnal self-pleasing worldly lives.  There is nothing in this process to honor God, therefore it will rot like a lifeless carcass and the harvest is of no value. I

In Contrast, when sowing to the Spirit we sow according to the revealed will of God in the good soil of a committed heart.  We produce the Fruit of the Spirit and bring honor to God and draw others to His light, life, and have a good harvest.  The good seed sown in good soil produces a good harvest.

THERE IS A NEEDED SOLEMN REMINDER – “be not deceived, God is not mocked.” (v.7)

The Bible informs that no one can gather ‘grapes from thorn bushes’ or ‘figs from thistles.’  Likewise, we do not produce the fruit of the Spirit through the works of the Flesh.  The flesh is corrupt and sinful and cannot bring forth good fruit.  The Spirit is good and cannot bring forth corrupt fruit.  (Matthew 7:17-18).

The revelation of Scripture that “by their fruits, you shall know them” is important.  It indicates some possibilities that are to be avoided and some actions that are to be pursued in producing the harvest. 

The warning is “be not deceived,” must be remembered. It is easy to deceive ourselves through false expectations, trusting appearance and the senses.  If we are led by our feelings, we are prime candidates for deception.  Our guidance must be the Word of God not what we think, feel, want, desire, or crave.  We deceive ourselves when we adopt the mentality that it doesn’t matter what we sow if we are well-meaning in what we do.  It would be nice for the farmer if good intentions were all that mattered in harvesting the desired crop.  The self-life will never produce the fruit of the Spirit.

The warning “God is not mocked” is needed.  God will not be silenced or put to shame by man’s indifference and unbelief of His eternal law.  That Law is “Spiritual things can never be produced by sowing carnal things.”  The unregenerate man cannot bring forth the fruit of the new creation.  The flesh and the Spirit are as different as night and day and death and life.  The person outside of Christ sows to the flesh and reaps corruption.  The Child of God sows to the Spirit and reaps everlasting life. (v.8).

A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT – “Be not weary in well-doing for in due season we shall reap if we do not faint, give up or quit.”  (v.9).

Each of us need comfort, consolation, and encouragement as we face the trying days of life.  In many ways, although harvest time has not fully begun, we are gathering the first fruits. In this harvest of the Spirit, our personal character is enriched, and we are able to produce the Fruit of the Spirit and impact others for God and good.  Tragically, some weary themselves looking for the fruit of their labors and grow discouraged when the fruit is not in the time, quantity, or quality desired.

The remedy is to keep our eyes on the prize and seek more earnestly the Fruit of the Spirit so what we sow more and more to the Spirit rather than the flesh.  It is important to remember, there will be a harvest!  We will reap what we sow, more than we sow, and later than we sow but reap we will.  We will either reap everlasting life or eternal corruption.  Whatsoever a man sows, that will he reap!

God bless you as you begin planning your harvest and planting good seed in good ground and sow the Spirit. 

Have a great day!

YOU CANNOT WIN IF YOU QUIT…


Galatians 6:9 – “And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”  NASB

The passage of Scripture that led me back to this verse is found in 2 Corinthians 4.  In verses 8-10, 16 and 5:1.  There we find a discussion or revelation regarding our earthly lives, bodies, and the problems we face in life.  In the days in which Israel endured bondage in Egypt before God’s deliverance, they endured incredibly difficult times.  In Exodus 1:12 we find that the more they were afflicted the more they grew and multiplied.  It is a historical fact that the Church has grown greatly during times of intense persecution. 

In the Book of Acts, we find in Acts 4:4 that although the disciples were being imprisoned and persecuted 5,000 men turned to God at one time.  The devil has always attempted to hinder and stop God’s work through discoursing God’s people and getting them to give up.  Jesus told Peter in Luke 22:31 that the devil desired to have him and sift him as wheat, but that Jesus had prayed for Peter. 

The devil’s purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy but God’s purpose is life and one of the purposes for which Jesus came was to destroy the works of the devil.  If we are to do the works that He did and greater works through the power of the Holy Spirit, destroying the works of the devil is included.  God has promised to protect us and never leave us and in the face of persecution and difficulty, He is there!

I had a very seasoned man of God tell me, “Son, the greater the trial the more clearly you can see your weakness and the more God manifests His great strength.”  That resonated with me and has been a source of encouragement in times of difficulty and trial.  The Bible makes it clear that one of the results of trials and battles is that we become stronger.  No, we should not want trials but as James instructed, we should rejoice when they come and know that God can and will work something good in us as a result.  As we roll our care on Him, we receive His strength.

There are some things that are imperative for us to keep in the forefront of our minds and remember.

THE DEVIL CAN ONLY WIN IF WE QUIT.

Jesus is our victory and He has promised power over all the power and authority of the devil.  He has all power in heaven and on earth and has given us that power.  We are to live our lives in the strength of His Promise, Grace, Peace, Mercy, and Power.  Paul said, “I press toward the mark.”  He also said, “I have fought a good fight, kept the faith, and finished my course.”  If we are to obtain the prize, we must run the race.  There are no participation trophies in the Kingdom but there are rewards for obedience and perseverance.   Sitting in the audience will not gain us the prize and can allow the devil to win because of our inactivity and failure to become involved.

THERE IS A VICTORY PROMISED – But We Must Overcome the Obstacles. 

It may not sound like an encouragement or appealing to read 2 Timothy 3:12 but read it we must.  Not only do we need to read the words but embrace the truth and make our decision to never give up or give in.  It says, “And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”  It does not say, might be persecuted it says that it is a fact, YOU WILL!

The words of James telling us to ‘count it all joy’ when temptations and persecutions come is amazing.  The reaction of the early church to persecution was, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer with and for Jesus.  They endured persecution even to death.  They faced resistance to their message and encountered much public disfavor, often seeing the inside of prisons.  Their response was to work hard, pray more, and preach with complete abandon.  They understand that the only way the enemy could win was for them to quit and quit they would never do.

One of the secrets to their success and endurance was, they were filled with the Holy Spirit.  They were led by the Spirit of God.  God had first place in their lives, and they made the cause of the Kingdom their top priority in life.  They worked in the church rather than working in the church when it was convenient.  They accepted the challenge before them, utilized the tools available and walked in faith trusting God completely.

It is vital that we never forget that the devil is a defeated foe.  Jesus defeated Him and we are in Christ, therefore we have power and authority over the devil because Jesus does.  The brief mention of Shamgar in the Book of Judges is powerful.  He got tired of being intimidated by the enemy and killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad.  The early Christians sometimes gave their lives for the Kingdom but refused to be defeated.  The victory is ours, but we must claim it.

Indifference is not allowable.  Because of the increase and abundance of sin, the Bible tells us that the love of many grows cold.  Many turn a deaf ear to the Gospel, but some are won if we present the Gospel to them, live righteously before them, and pray for them.  There is a price to pay for this victory that Jesus purchased for us but if we refuse to give up, WE WIN! 

We can have what we need from God and have the fullness of His victory manifest in our lives.  Never, never, never give up!

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

HOW LONG, LORD? – Part Two


Romans 13:11-14 – “And this do, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.”  NASB

Last time we discussed the condition of being Asleep Spiritually and the dangers and damage that produces.  Today, it is our hope to move into an understanding that will produce a remedy to that problem 

THERE IS A NEED – The Need is Two-fold.

We need to Know or Discern the Time.  To know, means to understand, recognize, and realize the hour in which we live and our nearness to eternity.  It is imperative that we develop a right and a clear estimate of the time.  That can come through the prophetic utterance found in the Bible and thorough visible world conditions.

It is also needful that we develop a clear and correct understanding of the Value of Time.  If we are to awaken out of our spiritual slumber and become spiritually alert, we must come to an awareness of the Nearness of Redemption or the Coming of the Lord as seen in verse 11.  Also, because of the lateness of the hour, we need to awaken and invest ourselves in God’s purposes.  We are informed in verse 12 that the night is almost over, and the dawning of the new day is at hand therefore now is the time for action.

As we develop an awareness of the lateness of the hour spiritually, we realize that there is less time to reach the lost and unless we awaken and become involved some will enter eternity unprepared.  Jesus urged us in John 4:35 to realize that the harvest is not future but now.  He also revealed that His urgency as described in John 9:4 was that the night was rapidly approaching.  He was aware of the urgency of the nearness to eternity that man faced.

THERE IS A SOLUTION – – Action.

There is the call and need for immediate action where we put aside all sin and sinful practices.  There is the need to put on all of God’s spiritual armor so that we can be prepared for the battle and equipped to reap the harvest.  Ephesians 6:11 details the armor of God and I suggest that rather than this being something God adds it is putting on Christ and allowing Him to live His life in and through us. 

The solution, is to allow the Holy Spirit to transform us and enable us to live honestly and righteously.  Paul says, “let us behave properly as in the day.”  That is interesting for it identifies that all our conduct is visible for the world to see and we need to present them a visual that draws to Christ not repel from Him.  We are to live “not in wickedness.”  Stating that differently would be that we live “in righteousness.”  We do not allow the sensual to control us.  We have moral restraint and refuse to engage in contentiousness.  There is a change in our character, and we become manifestations as well as representations of Jesus.

The need for us to recognize the hour in which we live is urgent.  The devil would like nothing better than to lull the church to sleep and cause us to become inactive and complacent.  Jesus said, “If You love me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15) and in verse 23 said, “If a man loves Me, he will keep my words.”

God’s call of this hour is to service, immediate action, holiness, and spiritual transformation.  Ezekiel expressed God’s lament in 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap for me before the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”  Then, we hear Isaiah, who was awakened in Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the LORD, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  Then said, I, here am I LORD; send me.”

What we have spiritually depends on us.  There will be those who perish eternally if we fail to answer God’s call.  We could become like the foolish virgins if we fail to awaken.  We can become all that God says we are, but not without total commitment and become awakened from our spiritual slumber.

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him.

HOW LONG, LORD?


Romans 13:11-14 – “And this do, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh regarding its lusts.”  NASB

The message of this passage is very strong as well as deep and compelling for the honest-hearted seeker of God’s fullness and best.  The depth of the message renders it virtually impossible to discuss in one sitting or possibly even a book.  The first area of truth connects the ‘this’ of verse 9 with these verses. 

All the requirements of the Law toward our neighbor may be met by two things: Love (vv. 9-10) and a consciousness of our nearness to eternity (vv.11-14).  It is as we keep the awareness of eternity in our minds we are prompted and compelled to live a life of honesty, truth, integrity, peace, and contentment.

Yet, the message that the apostle Paul sets forth goes to even greater depths in reference to the believer and how he/she lives.  There are three things readily visible in these verses.  There is a Condition that exists or could exist in the Church and the life of the individual believer that could and does hinder our progress if allowed to prevail or continue.  There is the Need to Awaken out of the condition and become Transformed.  Then, there is the Solution.  All three, demand careful consideration and provide immeasurable benefits in our Christian walk.

THE CONDITION – Being Spiritually Asleep.

This spiritual sleep is a state is a condition that can only be ascribed to Believers or Christians.  I say that because the Bible makes it clear that the unbeliever and unsaved are spiritually dead and that does not require an awakening but a resurrection. 

Thus, the condition of being Asleep Spiritually suggests a state of spiritual apathy.  The person who is asleep spiritually is unconscious of the hour in which we live regarding eternity.  They are usually unconcerned bout the need to awaken and unaffected by the call to awaken. 

Let me offer this for your consideration: “Every time we hear in vain, we grow sleepier and the voices of those sounding the alarm become a sedative to cause deeper slumber.  Some people have listened to rolling thunder for so long that their ears have become deaf to the sound.  The Cross has been presented so frequently, to some, it’s brightness no longer attracts.  It is just another message and has little impact. It is important that we pay attention to not only what we hear but how we hear.”

The result of being asleep spiritually is that it produces a state of religious inactivity.  There is no longer a compulsion to study the doctrines of Christianity and pursue the duties God has detailed.

There is a place in the Atlantic Ocean known as the Saragossa Sea.  That sea is known for lengthy times of calm seas but is thickly covered with entangling seaweed.  Few things are more terrifying for the seasoned mariner than to be caught there.  The conditions of that apparent calmness but underlying danger can immobilize even the greatest ships entangling their screws and impeding their ability to sail through. 

The religious or Christian life has its own Saragossa Sea and far too many individuals and churches are entrapped in the calmness but are being entangled by the deadly seaweed of destruction through tradition, habits, and formalism.  They are asleep, inactive, and become entrapped.

There is the danger of becoming so accustomed to sin and sinful conditions that there is a literal flirtation with sin.  That tends to produce conformity to the customs and practices of those not following God trying to be tolerant and fit in.  The Bible warns that there are times when we must ‘come out from among them and be separate’ rather than complying and being conformed to their ways.

It is unfortunate that some have embraced a false sense of security and thereby lost the freshness of their experience of grace.  They have allowed slackness in their lives and are often living on memories rather than demonstrating the power of God in the present.  This condition is destroying lives, emptying churches, and rendering them impotent spiritually.  The condition of being asleep spiritually is deadly and must be realized.

We will discuss this more in the next devotional but until then, ask God to awaken you out of your sleep and enable you to press into His presence and become the overcomer He says we are.

God bless, have a great day!

REPROGRAMMED – "No More Rut Thinking"…


Romans 12:1-3 – “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For through the grace given to me, I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”  NASB

It is quite apparent that some or many in the Church and the World are in a rut in their thinking.  Frequently, that ‘rut thinking’ has robbed them of many blessings and victories God has made available.  Rut Thinking has produced sickness when there could be health and healing.  It has produced lack, needs, and want when there could have been plenty, provision and no sense of lack.  It has relegated some to living in the lows of the valley when they could have been living on the mountaintop of victory. 

There is adage regarding computers, “Garbage in garbage out” or what we put in is what we get out.  If we input bad data in our computers or wrong thoughts in our minds, we will get bad results, wrong beliefs, and produce problems that were not necessary.  If input unreliable information we will get unreliable information.  If we put in truth we will, in turn, get truth and truth has the power to make us free.  Our minds are programmable and what we put in (programming) determines what we get out.

Tragically, there are those who never receive the promises of God because of the prison of ‘rut thinking.’  They accept their situations as their destiny and fail to become transformed in their minds.  They accept defeat as their lot in life rather than pressing into the Promises of God because of ‘rut thinking.’  It is a sad reality that some, even believers, believe the lies of the enemy and look at their own inabilities and believe that is the final determination rather than looking to God with whom all things are possible.  They fail to allow the Total Victory of Calvary to become a reality in their minds and then in their lives.

I do not preach or ascribe to ‘mind over matter’ but I do believe that we should think positively regarding the Promises of God and Life.  God made the promises for everyone who believes, not just the select of the elect and the chosen few.  If He has declared it in the Bible, we can believe it, receive it, and expect it.  If we will follow the prescription and directives of the Word of God, we can have the provisions and promises of God as realities in our lives. 

It is possible to program or condition our minds with ‘rut thinking’ and the vision of who we are is tempered and determined by what we see and feel.  In 2 Kings 7, we have the account of Israel under siege by the enemy and the people were so demoralized they were waiting to starve and expected that to be their reality.  Elisha prophesied of plenty and one of the king’s officers countered saying, “Behold, if the LORD should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?”  Elisha told him, “You will see it but not benefit from it.”  God’s Word does not depend on what we feel or what we see, it depends on Him and if He says it, we can depend on it.  Why not?  Why do we allow ourselves to be captivated and imprisoned by ‘rut thinking?’

I suggest that believing comes before seeing or feeling, so stop depending on what you see, feel, touch, taste, or smell but look to the Book and reach for the promises.  I am not suggesting that you simply declare something, and it is yours without conditions.  I am saying that we need to focus on God’s Promises and Provisions and begin to declare them aloud and repeatedly.  That does two things.  It reminds us of our source and reminds the devil that we know the promises of God and the victory of Jesus.

We need to begin to meditate on the Word of God and the Promises of God.  We need to ponder them and turn them over in our minds until we cannot get away from them.  We need to allow our minds to become transformed with the visual of God’s Promises and Provisions.  Who do we trust, God or our senses? 

The Bible says, believe and you will receive, not believe after you receive.  We need to totally commit ourselves to God and become totally dependent upon Him and His Promises.  We need to become earnest students of the Bible and determined in our prayers.  We need to reprogram our minds so that our thoughts are not our thoughts but His thoughts.  We need to fill our hearts and minds with His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to bring us to the place that we abide in Jesus and Jesus’ words abide in us.  We become one with the word.

Once we have done that we need to step out on our faith and live as if what God says is the truth.  That will not always be easy because circumstances, senses, feelings, and the visual will be contrary and cast doubt.  Faith, the Faith of Hebrews 11, the Faith of Jesus holds on regardless of circumstances.  We can have and be what God has promised and declared us to be, but we must become Reprogrammed in the Spirit of our Minds for that to become a daily reality.

I invite you into the World of the Impossible where all things are possible through God!  You are more than conquerors through Jesus, so why not live victoriously?

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

THE EYES OF THE HEART…


Ephesians 1:18 – “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…”  NASB

I have always found this passage most intriguing.  When we seek to unravel the truth as found in God’s Word, we seek the context of the text and the context of the entire Bible.  Simply, we do not allow an isolated passage to define truth but examine it in the light of all the other declarations of the Bible on the matter.  If we follow the guide of 2 Peter 1:20-21 we determine that opinion or perception is not the allowable basis for an interpretation of biblical passages. 

An examination of Proverbs 4:23 is needed in this attempt to discover the ‘eyes of the heart’ and the revelation provided in seeking the enlightenment of the heart’s eyes.  We are told by the writer of this proverb, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”  In repentance and the development of a Christian relationship with our LORD, we learn to view everything for a radically new perspective.  Our focus changes and as 2 Corinthians 5:17 declares ‘everything is new.’ 

It is needful for us to realize that perception is a matter of heart and is a matter of choice.  We choose to see and hear what we want to see and hear.  Isaiah 6:10 addresses that in a powerful way as it speaks of understanding with the heart leading to conversion and healing.  Jesus addressed this truth in John 12:40 speaking of hardened hearts and understanding with the heart leading to conversion and healing. 

I would suggest that if a person does not see or acknowledge God, it is largely due to the fact that they have decided to turn from His presence and deny Him.  (Romans 1:18-20).  It could be correctly argued that our desires determine what we see and hear and shapes our focus.  The Bible clearly reveals that we believe in order to see rather than seeing to believe.  It is with the heart that man believes unto righteousness!  Tragically, too often we do not see things as they are but as we would like them to be.  Proverbs 23:7 confirms that telling us, “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Life is a matter of choices and what we choose determines the world in which we abide.  I am not speaking of the physical world but the perceptive world where our attitudes are formed, and our beliefs are shaped.  Man’s problem comes from the inside out not the outside in. The eyes follow the heart (Matthew 6:22-23).  It is out of the heart that evil thoughts originate, and God has promised to give us new hearts as declared in Ezekiel 36:26.

If we are to progress in our relationship with God and grow in His grace it is imperative that the ‘eyes of our hearts’ continually and consistently be enlightened.  We do this, in part, by setting Him before us and embrace the ministry of the Holy Spirit as He reveals to us how God sees things, not how we would like them to be. 

Jesus told us in Luke 11:4 to “seek and we will find.”  If we want His truth, we must look for that truth and open our hearts to understand it.  That passage implies that we will find what we are looking for and that speaks to perception and choices.  Someone said, “The optimist believes that this world is the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist is afraid the optimist is right.”  Both view the same data but have dramatically different visions about reality.

Living the Christian Life and having the ‘eyes of our hearts’ enlightened is, in a very real sense, a choice between investing all our energy into not falling, or focusing on the walk before us.  This is not a sprint so let’s look to God for our help and make the finish our focus rather than the demands of the immediate. 

We have a future and a hope.  We have the wonderful eternal promises of God.  Therefore, let’s ask His help in changing our focus from the past to His future.  Let’s determine not to return to the house of bondage, the prison of fear and keep the ‘eyes of our hearts’ on Jesus.  I take great comfort and encouragement in the words of our LORD in Matthew 13:16, “Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears for they hear.”

If you are weighed down with the cares of this world and see the world through the prism of an ‘unenlightened heart’ there is yet hope.  Ask God to open the eyes of your heart and allow you to clearly see the beauty embodied in His promises.  Our Lord has promised to not leave us orphans, comfortless, or abandoned.  I pray that the eyes of our hearts will be enlightened, and we will see Who He is, who we are, and become what we see!

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

MEMORY VERSE FOR WEARY CHRISTIANS…


Romans 8:31 – “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”  NASB

When we give honest, open-hearted consideration to the teaching of the Bible, we quickly arrive at the conclusion that it is foolish and disrespectful to allow worry and fear to permeate our thought processes.  Worry, in a very real sense calls God a liar and I never want to accuse the Creator of all things of that.  Worry and Fear attribute more confidence in the Arm of Flesh than in the Power and Promises of God.  That is dangerous if not outright sinful.

Tragically, some live in a constant state of Fear and Worry.  That reality is tragic especially when we consider the amazing promises God has given all who believe.

Romans 8:31 – “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”

Psalms 91:5 – “You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day…”

Psalms 112:7 – “He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” 

Hebrews 13:6 – “so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?”

Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” 

Phil 4:19 – “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” 

Those passage should encourage our hearts and banish fear and worry.  Jesus promised that He would never leave or forsake us.  Therefore, what do we have to fear but fear itself?  What do we have to worry about?  If we will remember Who we are and Whose we are, fear is banished.  The Bible declares that perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18).

Our text verse is not a question but the revealing of a Fact – God is For Us!  The Psalmist declared in 34:15 that the eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous and His ears open to our cries.  Therefore, armed with that knowledge we must ask, “Who can stand against us?”  We could also ask, “What difference does it make if they are?”  We are more than conquerors through the One that Created us and Loves us.

Our warfare against the forces of evil is not a natural battle but a spiritual one and we are battling a second-rate power, the devil.  He is a defeated foe!

THE FACT – God is for Us.

If God is for us, we can afford to have the entire world against us and still know that we are victorious.  God is for us in Doctrine (Teaching & Truth).  When our views align with God’s Word all of heaven is behind us.  God is for us in Salvation.  He gave His Son as the sacrifice for our sins.  God is for us in Protection.  Nothing can prevail against us and no weapon formed against us can prosper.  We are His!

THE INFLUENCE – It Gives us Confidence and Courage.

It produces in us an amazing spirit of independence.  Not independence from God or other believers but from the opinion of man.  It affords us the courage and confidence to follow the directions of God’s word residing in our hearts without fear or worry.  We receive freedom from the World’s System and realize that God is in control. 

It produces in us a Spirit of Patience.  We are confident that, in God’s time and in God’s way we will see the full victory.  If God is for us, we develop the courage and patience to never give up and when we refuse to give up harvest comes.

It produces in us Unshakable Confidence.  We know that we are triumphant in Jesus and even if the whole world turned against us, we are still a majority with Jesus on our side. 

This passage should become the motto of the believer and produce an army of overcomers!  Never allow man or any religious system to rob you of your confidence and promises in God.  Stand on the Eternal Word of God and remain confident that He that began a good work in you will keep you.  If God is for us, who can be against us?

No matter what you need today, know that you have the Promise of God to keep you and provide for you.  You are not and will never be forsaken.  So, lift up your eyes to Him and rejoice!

God bless you as you enjoy this beautiful day in Him!