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I Samuel 12:24 ” But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.”

The Corona virus has us all weary with battle fatigue and frightened at this invisible enemy that has invaded our land.  So today I would encourage you to take a step back, turn off the continuous loop of news shows, and as this verse exhorts, “consider what great things He has done for you.”  Reflect on God’s mercy and providence if all your family and friends are healthy and safe.  Contemplate His goodness if you have plenty of food in the house and are not in need.  Meditate on His hand of protection that is keeping the vast majority of people safe in our Nation.  Finally, ponder all the simple things God has done for you personally this week  just to say, “I’m with you and I love you.”

Luke 9:23 “Then He said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’ “

This has to be one of the hardest verses in the Bible to do, and do well.  This verse says that if we want to follow Jesus we must make a conscious decision to renounce our old self and instead follow the example of our crucified Christ.  And no one, including Jesus, Himself, ever said it would be easy, for there is a tremendous cost to following the Lord.  Considering it takes daily getting our priorities right and properly arranging our lives so that Jesus ranks supreme in everything we do, carrying our cross becomes a trial of faith and obedience.

Psalm 108:1 ” My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul.”

Human emotions can be all over the place…from jubilation to despair.  But when your trust is firmly fixed on Jesus, the highs and lows aren’t as severe.  For when your faith is based on Him and what He can do and not on fate or luck…you can face any bad news with confidence that Jesus will see you through.  This is shown to us in Psalm 112:7, “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast in the Lord.  His heart is secure, he will have no fear.”  Thank you Lord for that certainty we can have.

Psalm 56:3 ” When I am afraid, I will trust in You.”

As I studied this verse I discovered that the Hebrew word for afraid, Yare, has two separate meanings.  The first is the negative emotion of fearful…while the second is the positive emotion of reverence and awe for God.  So what David is explaining here is that in the time of fear he consciously shifted his mind from one meaning to the other… from dwelling on a negative emotion to focusing on a positive one.  So instead of standing on the shifting sands of fear and anxiety David planted his feet firmly and confidently on the solid rock of Christ.

Jeremiah 20:11 ” But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.”

Jeremiah was not popular among the people of Judah!  His message from the Lord was primarily one of judgment, which lead to his life often being threatened.  During his over 40 years of ministry Jeremiah often implored God to protect him…”Remember me, O Lord; remember me and care for me.” (Jeremiah 15:15) and  “Let my persecutors be put to shame, but keep me from shame; let them be terrified, but keep me from terror.” (Jeremiah 17:18)  Jeremiah had learned to put his absolute trust in God regardless of what the circumstances looked like around him…for he had discovered there’s no safer place to be than in the very center of God’s Will.

Psalm 21:7 ” For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.”

King David knew where his strength and confidence came from…it was in his relationship with the one true God and His unchanging kindness and mercy.  David relied on God’s wisdom rather than his own in making decisions…confident yet humble, knowing God’s Will was perfect every time,  in every situation.  Yes, David messed up some, but he was also called a man after God’s own heart for good reason.

Galatians 3:22 ” But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.”

We are all sinners.  We are all caught up like fish in the net called evil.  There is not one among us that is righteous…for we are all bound over to disobedience.  But we have a Savior…His name is Jesus, who came to save us from our sinful life and give us hope.  For when we put our trust in Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel…that promise spoken about in this Scripture is made alive in us…the wonderful promise of eternal life in heaven through His Son, Jesus.