Gems 2015 — February 28 Scripture Selection: Deuteronomy 19-21

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

February 28 Scripture Selection: Deuteronomy 19-21

Food for Thought: Deut. 20:1-4

Like the Israelites, we have been told, commanded, to “fear not.” As long as our eyes are on the strength and size of the enemy, that can be a very tall order. But the Lord reminds us that we should not fear “for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you (vs. 4).” When our eyes are fixed on Him, the enemy becomes minuscule and insignificant. All we have to do is remember our position in Him, stand on the Word, and see the hand of God at work.

It has always been a priority of the Lord to reassure us and keep us from fear because fear blocks the complete flow of faith, and faith is what moves the mountain. In Isaiah 44:8, He tells us, “Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.” Jesus later encourages His followers in John 14:26, 27, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Later, Peter instructs us, “ But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. ‘And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled (I Pet. 3:14).’”

If the Lord tells us not to be afraid, then we must have a choice about it. We can decide to fear or not. We, as believers, have dominion over that because our hope is in the Word of God. As the psalmist said in Psalm 56:11, “In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Yes, it can be a very scary world, but we have a very big God. Greater is He that is in us that he that is in the world (I John 4:4)! So fear not!

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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2 Responses to Gems 2015 — February 28 Scripture Selection: Deuteronomy 19-21

  1. I. Lou Minotti says:

    Excellent, excellent, excellent! If more preachers taught their flocks about their exalted, eternal position in Christ (never to be lost), there would be much less failure in His Church. His righteousness has been imputed to the believer, which in God’s reckoning means He views us as holy, righteous, sinless and as pure as Jesus. Our job is to simply realize who we are, and then live up to our position (with NO self-righteousness) in the here-and-now.

    “Since imputed righteousness is the only form of righteousness in salvation by grace . . . (as opposed to cleansing one’s life through self-effort before coming to Jesus for acceptance [my interjection]), . . . a deplorable neglect has been accorded the equally requisite truth that a perfect standing is imputed also to the one who believes” ~Lewis Sperry Chafer, “Systematic Theology,” Vol. 3.

    Terrific post, and one the whole Church needs to hear and understand before any true progress can be made in the Christian life.

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