Proverbs 28 3-28-20

“Do not worry–” Why not? There are many valid reasons! Because Your Savior said there is no need. He’s got YOU!

1 The wicked [those who follow their own ways] flee though no one pursues, but the righteous [those who are in Christ Jesus] are as bold as a lion.

When we are saved, eternity with Christ begins right then. Nothing can touch us spiritually, and what happens physically is not up to us, either. If we are living obedient lives, then EVERYTHING that happens to us is the responsibility of the Father. We must assume that every detail of our lives has meaning and purpose, so we ask the Holy Spirit to make us aware of what He is up to in the world around us. We know that:

  1. Our salvation is secure. 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Who sanctifies and keeps us? God Himself! We have peace with God!!!
  2. Heaven is waiting. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21 A new home and a new body–WOW!
  3. This life we live is about furthering the kingdom. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24 This verse states every Christian’s task: Testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
  4. Our God will supply all our needs19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 All of our circumstances are designed for us to be witnesses for Him. Let’s use them!
  5. We must be content. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13 Regardless of what happens concerning our health, the economy, etc. we are in His care.

So, how do we put this information into a usable format? Let’s take us where we are today and assume that we are here at the LORD’s direction. Let’s look for an avenue to express our faith to others, especially those with whom we come in contact each day. In what area has God given you to serve? Consider that area your mission field. He has us where we are as His Light, so let’s shine “like the stars in the universe” (Phil. 2:15).

Speaking of 2:15, let’s look at the whole passage:

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Paul understood that his life here on this earth was all about promoting and spreading the Gospel. His scope was bigger than ours, but our mission is the same: We are His ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20). Even if it costs us our job, savings, house, health, and even our very lives, let us “be glad and rejoice” with each other. Remember that our eternity with Christ began the moment we received Him into our hearts. There is nothing we need to fear.

Abba, it’s scary to think about the future. Even the present is pretty scary right now. But I know that You hold my life in Your hands. In fact, I’ve read the end of Your Book and I know how the Story ends. I look forward to returning with You as You come back to earth and set up Your new Kingdom–who knows? I may even meet You in the air! In the meantime, LORD, may I hang onto these words, “They triumphed over him [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Rev. 12:11. When my time comes, I want it to count for You! Even so, come, LORD Jesus! Amen.

 

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