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Bible Ballistics: BBs #404 Without Fearfulness???
It’s so easy to let circumstances, situations or the sheer violence of our culture cause us to be fearful, but like we talked about last time God is our “help” in all times!
“God is our refuge
a very present help
in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
And in this same Psalm God reminds us of what to do when we do become fearful—and we all have times of fearfulness (granted, some of us have more issues with fearfulness than others)!
that I am God:
I will be exalted
among the heathen,
I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” Psalm 46:10-11
“Be still” isn’t an easy assignment—because we are a people on the “move”! But God calls us to settle down, stop the fretting, just “Be still” and He will calm our souls to “know that I am God”!! To know that HE will be “exalted” before the heathen, before the whole world! There is a day coming when our God Almighty will make Himself known before the world and when that time comes we can rest assured:
“That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
of things in heaven,
and things in earth,
and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11
What a glorious day for those who “know” Jesus, those who have believed in His saving, atoning, substitutionary sacrifice for sin—my sin and yours; but a day of reckoning for those who have refused to believe or bow before Him! That day is coming and we can live in confident fearlessness, because He has called us to trust Him in all things! It is HIS work being done in and through us—“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works”! God is ever at work in and through us—fearlessly! (See Ephesians 2:10)
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work
will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
It is God who is at work in us and Paul rehearses that thought throughout the book of Philippians, and I’m so glad that he did!
“For it is God which worketh in you
both to will
and to do
of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
Knowing that it is God who is at work in His own children, refocuses us on Him and His will for us without fear, but rather with confidence in HIS continual work in our lives as we “walk in the Spirit” and “live in the Spirit” –to God’s glory and our maturity in HIM! (Gal. 5:16 & 25) We can continually gain confidence in our God who calls us to stand fast without fear.
“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
It is HIS love working in us continually through His Spirit! (See Ro.5:1-8)
“There is no fear in love;
but perfect love
casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment.
He that feareth
is not made perfect
19 We love him,
because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:18-19
When we exercise our trust in God, in all our ways, we can experience His “perfect love”, remembering that HE is working in all things, and that we are being “conformed to the image of his Son”! Oh that today we might remember that trusting God in all things, will help us live without fearfulness from the world or from our own circumstances! And we can do this because:
“Ye are of God, little children,
and have overcome them:
because greater is he
that is in you,
than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
Have a blessed and fearless day in HIM!!! Amen and Amen!