March 9, 2019

March 9, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 20

“The officials will then add to what they have said to the soldiers: ‘Is there a man here who is afraid and fainthearted?  He should go back home; otherwise his fear may demoralize his comrades as well.’” (Deuteronomy 20:8 CJSB)

Shall we begin quoting the Scriptures that speak fervently against fear?  Paul writes to Timothy, saying, “For God gave us a Spirit Who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7 CJSB)  John writes to his children, saying, “There is no fear in love.  On the contrary, love that has achieved its goal gets rid of fear, because fear has to do with punishment; the person who keeps fearing has not been brought to maturity in regard to love.” (1 John 4:18 CJSB). Jesus told a crowd of tens of thousands not to be afraid, saying, “My friends, I tell you: don’t fear those who kill the body but then have nothing more they can do.  I will show you whom to fear:  fear Him Who after killing you has authority to throw you into Gei-Hinnom!  Yes, I tell you, this is the one to fear!  Aren’t sparrows sold for next to nothing…Don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:4-6a., 7b. CJSB)  Personal fear has a damaging effect upon the lives around us.  God is the only one worthy of our fear, and, while possessing the authority to cast out, God much rather desires to pour into each, gracious restoration, transformation, and further creation.  If you do not care about the world’s systems, but only compassionately view those before you, then you will not be afraid.  You will deteriorate, but in your deterioration you will be being renewed, day by day.  You will experience death, but only life, and not the taste of death, will ever cross your lips, dance on your tongue, and stroll down to Whom is really sustaining you.  Do not fear. 

Today's Meditation:  Be not one who is afraid and fainthearted.

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