As we look
around us today we often see people in fear and confusion as they watch TV and
listen to the fear mongers in the media. But fear and confusion should have no
place in the life of the Christian. “God has not given us a spirit of fear but
of power and of love and of a sound mind”(2 Tim 1:7; NKJV).
God says that
perfect love drives fear from our lives (1 John 4:18). Fear is the opposite of
faith; faith believes God, fear believes the reports of the devil. If our lives
are driven by selfishness and evil motives then confusion easily results (James
3:16) but “God is not the author of confusion but of peace”(1 Cor 14:33).
we walk in peace? In Isaiah chapter 26 and verse 3 it is written: “You will
keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in
You”. Let's commit to walk in love, focus on God's word and believe it, not the
noise in the world around us. Let's cut through the confusion in our world and
be beacons of God's life, peace and truth. “And you shall know the truth and the
truth shall make you free”(John 8:32)!
True life and freedom are not to be found
in rushing after everything the World says is important. God's greatest desire
is to bless us, but His word says: “seek first the kingdom of God and His
righteousness, and all these things (God's provisions and blessings) shall be
added unto you”(Matt 6:33). We need to put God first and do things God's way! Wow, I don”t know about you, but I needed to hear that! If these words have
helped you, please share them with a friend.
“That I may know
Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings,
being conformed to His death” (Phil 3:10; NKJV).
Paul says that his goal in life is to know Christ
and the power of His resurrection. Think what power (Greek Dunamis) was needed
to raise Jesus from the dead (Eph 1:20)!
We get our English word dynamite
from the Greek word Dunamis! That same power dwells in us (Ro 8:11), brings
life to our mortal bodies, empowers us to be witnesses for Him (Acts 1:8) and in
fact, makes us like Jesus (2 Cor 3:17-18)! Wow and double Wow!
Eph 1:18 also
indicates that Gods power (Greek Kratos) in us is the power of dominion or
authority. As born again believers in Jesus we walk in the authority of Jesus
over the devil, authority which Jesus took back from satan through His (Jesus) death and
resurrection (Eph 1:21-22).
What a victory we have in Jesus! But Paul does go
on to say, in Phil 3:10, that we also must be willing to fellowship in Christ”s
sufferings and death. We have to die to self and live for Christ, no matter how
much persecution or difficulty this may bring; are we willing?