Proverbs 6 5-6-20

God is love. We are loved by God. If we trust in Him, His love in our hearts drives out all fear. Bank on it.

25 Do not lust in your heart after her [the world’s] beauty or let her [worldly desires] captivate you with her eyes [it’s all smoke and mirrors].

These are fearful days. Satan wants us fearful; it’s easy to control a fearful person. But “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, of courage, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7. God has promised in His Word that he has given us everything we need to live a godly life. 2 Peter 1:3. He didn’t promise a LONG life, but a godly life.

People who fear feel they have something to lose. We as Christians are not living for this world, but for the next one. 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. Every time an angel shows up he says, “Be not afraid.” Don’t we realize that we have angels attending us all the time? “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14.

We have a glorious ministry! It is the ministry of the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:7-12. In fact, we have the ministry of reconciliation, in which Christ makes His appeal to people through us; we are to tell them, “Be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.” How can we be bold if we are fearful? What have we to lose? our health? our lives? our loved ones? All of these we WILL lose one day. Why not leave that up to Christ? Our mission, our goal, and our calling in this life is to be obedient to His Spirit who, through the Word, has told us to courageously share the Gospel with whomever He leads us.

Folks, we need to give up our arrogance, our “right” to live life our way, and live for Christ. It requires a humble and contrite heart. It requires us being in prayer for our neighbors and friends and loved ones and co-workers, and whoever else to whom the LORD leads us. We must be bathed in prayer and clothed with His righteousness. We must be armored up and armed with “the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6:17.

We must remember these words from the apostle John:

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17

Jesus’ brother, James, said this:

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4

Instead, let’s set our hearts on Jesus and His Coming Kingdom. Let this verse be our life verse:

11 They triumphed over him [Satan]
    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. Revelation 12:11

It’s game time, people. Let’s get in the game.

Abba, I sense difficult days ahead. May we prepare, but not hoard; be wise, but not hide; be bold, but not flippant; may we be compassionate, kind, generous, and gentle with those who are struggling with chaos and fear in their lives. May they turn to You, O Lord; may WE lead them TO You. May I be first, O Lord, in the battle. Arm me, empower me, and then give me opportunity. Thank You. Amen.

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