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Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘Psalm 56 verse 3’

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Psalm 56 verse 3: “What time I am afraid, I will put my trust in thee”.

There are going to be times in our lives, when we will be afraid. It is what we do when we are afraid. Fear can do lots of things to people, and perhaps one to the biggest things is:

Not going out, staying at home, stay in an environment, where we feel secure.

I remember the story of a lady from the newspapers a few years ago. A lady who was so afraid of being robbed in her own home, she went to extraordinary lengths to fortify her home. Double locks on all the doors, security screens and bars on the windows. The lady did all she could to make her home secure, to allay her fears.

The story of her secure home spread. that people began to think, she must have had something extremely valuable in her home. The criminal element of society, also believed she must have had something worth stealing. They broke in to her house by removing the tiles on the roof, but all for no avail.

We can always do everything humanly possible to make ourselves secure, but there is always a glitch, in our over protectiveness. We are ambassadors in this world, because we belong to a different Kingdom, who King is well able to help us in any circumstances we may go through.

building our own walls of protection, is putting our trust in self.

Galatians 2 verse 20; tells us: “and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”.

Let our confession be, when  we are afraid, we will trust in Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend. Because He is our protection. and He has promised to never leave us, and He has given us His peace.

When we are afraid, we can put our trust, in Him because He does love us dearly.

God Bless.

 O F J.

Faith In Action ‘What Controls Our Actions’

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Through the Assurance of our Salvation, we can be totally confident our repented sins are forgiven, and our status as sons and daughters of Almighty God.

The assurance and the status give us confidence, of what really controls our actions. 1 John 4 verse 17 and 18; {Message Bible} States;

"God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgement day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. there is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—-fear of death, fear of judgement—is one not fully formed in love".

Truth of the statement is ‘Perfect Love casts out fear’ Perfect love is in us and we are enclothed in Perfect love. Romans 8 verse 1: States:

"Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those IN Christ Jesus"  God is love and we are enclothed IN HIM.

Fear can not hold us back, because it has been cast out of our lives, because we are enclothed IN Our Lord and Our Friend.

in ! John: The Apostle John sets up a striking contrast between two states of mind, one being afraid and the other being loved. He is stating Christians should not be afraid. Christians are to know that they are dearly Loved and eternally Loved by Abba Father.

We are more and more called to live in the assurance of God’s Love, and not in terrible condition of fear. It is out of this enclothment of Love, our action should come. For we have nothing to fear.

We are enclothed In Christ Jesus, enclothed In love that has conquered fear.

God Bless.

O F J

Dealing With Difficulties ‘Faint-hearted’

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Faint-hearted: Nervous and timid, and also deficient in conviction or courage.

There is a saying not for the faint-hearted.  Should only describe somebody before they ask Our Lord and Our Friend to come into their lives, because after we accept Him into our lives, He becomes our all sufficiency.

The world most likely holds two opinions of Christians, they either believe us to be faint-hearted and not true to our convictions, or they are in a way scared of us, In Joshua 2 verse 24; The people had that opinion about God’s people:

"They told Joshua, The Lord has handed over the entire land to us. Everyone who lives in the land is also panicking because of us".

On one hand the world might call us wimps, but when we are secure with the knowledge of who we are IN Christ Jesus, they could also be unkind, because of Our Faith and Trust In him.

With God on our side, we have no reason to be faint-hearted, and everyday in the Lord is a new day. So let the words from Deuteronomy 2 verse 29; take hold, as we do what The Lord requires of us to do.

v29; “Today I begin to put the fear and dread of you on the peoples everywhere under heaven. They will hear the report about you, tremble, and be in anguish because of you”

We are all call to walk in Faith, in Faith, there can be no faint-heartedness, there only can be big heartedness, because it is all about the Awesome God we serve and not anything about us

God Bless.

 O F J.

Reflective Moment ‘The Forgiving God’

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Love, Forgiveness and Compassion:

Psalm 103 is one of the most famous of David’s Psalms:

Verse 11: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love towards those that fear him”.

Verse 12: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us”.

Verse 13: “As a father has compassion on his children, so The Lord has compassion on those that fear Him”.

Love, forgiven and compassion, they all underline God’s fatherly care for those who ‘fear Him. The word ‘fear’ is wide;ly taken wrongly and misunderstood.

This verb is used three times in Psalm 103 and clearly means absolute reverence. Revering God, in all His Awesomeness and Power, knowing that He has, great love, forgiveness and compassion, for those that revere Him.

Truly David knew this and it was accredited to Him to be a man after God’s own heart. God is a father who expect holy fear. But He is also a Father who has loving compassion on His Children.

God Bless.

O F J.

Do Not Be Afraid

Luke 2 verses 10 and 11:

"The Angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid, I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide."    {Message Bible}.

Don’t be afraid - it is good news - it is good news of great joy - it is is for everybody - and it is also personally related to everyone individually.

DON”T BE AFRAID. This encouraging phrase is found often in the Gospel of Luke, because the Message of Salvation replaces fear with Joy.

All kinds of people heard it    “Don’t Be Afraid.”

Zechariah: Luke 1 verse 13.

Mary: Luke 1 verse 30.

The Shepherds: Luke 2 verse 10.

Peter: Luke 5 verse 10.

Jairus: Luke 8 verse 50.

And All the Disciples: Luke 12 verse 7 and verse 32.

The Message of Salvation for everyone is “Don’t Be Afraid.”

Also in Luke’s Gospel we see that Jesus, redefines fear by rearranging our view so we look at things through what God sees. Jesus draws on the Old testament concept of the ‘fear of the Lord {Proverbs 1 verse 7}. This is not a cringing fear that makes us anxious, but a respect for who God is. He is the one who holds ultimate power. When we have a balanced view of God {Our Lord and Our friend}, it puts our thinking the right way round. We view everybody and everything in relations to God’s Holiness, Righteousness and Love.

We can’t ignore physical threat and violence, but we should hold in total respect Our Lord and Our Friend, who holds sway over our eternal destiny.

There were a lot of tragic things that have happened lately, we can’t dismiss them, but we can turn to the One who holds the future.

Don’t Be Afraid This Christmas, as this message is for all of us.

God Bless.

 O F J>

Point To Ponder

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in The Bible ‘Satan’ is called ‘the god of this age:

2 Corinthians 4 verse 4: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the Glory of Christ, who is the image of God”.

The Bible also calls him ‘the prince {ruler} of this world’:

John 12 verse 31:

"Now is the judgement of the world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out".

"And about the judgement, because the ruler of this world has been judged".

The fact is First, Satan is not God’s equal. according to scriptures satan is a finite, created being.

Colossians 1 verse 16: Because by God everything was created. Satan can not created, he is a deceiver only.

The next fact is: Satan was the first sinner, in his rebellion against God:

1 John 3 verse 8: The Devil {Satan} has sinned from the beginning.

The next fact is: Revelation 12 verses 7 to 9; One day he will be cast into the lake of fire for all eternity.

Ultimate Truth is: 1 John 4 verse 4: That Christians need not fear this supposive  god of this age, for The One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world.

Satan is good at deception, but not real smart, if he was he would not have allowed Our Lord and Our Friend to be crucified. By dying in our place, Christ Jesus paid the price for rebellion against God, for all who would believe, and through rising again Christ Jesus gives us all new life, free from fear and deception of Satan the god of this world.

 In James 4 verse 7; Tells us Satan is a being to be resisted, and can be resisted by submitting and committing to Our Lord and Our Friend.

V7: Therefore, summit to God. “But resist the devil, and he will flee from you”.

Satan really is a coward and a bully, The easiest way I have found the get him off my back is to tell him to “Rack off in the  All-Powerful Name of My Lord, My Redeemer and My Friend, Christ Jesus, He has to go because he has to bow to the name of Jesus, because he was defeated at the cross,

God Bless.

O F J.

Fear Under Control

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in Joshua 1 verse 9: Moses had died, now it was Joshua’s turn to lead.

Why would Joshua be afraid? Because Moses died and people were thinking, “Imagine having to fill his shoes”. Don’t let fear trap you into trying to be someone other than yourself. God has a Plan for your life and, when you follow it, He promises you success.

in Luke 12 verses 4 to 7:

V4; “And I say to you, my friends, don’t fear those who will kill the body, and after that can do nothing more”.

V5: “But I will show you the One to fear: Fear Him who has authority to throw people into hell after death. Yes I say to you, this is the One to fear!”

V6: Aren’t five sparrows sold fro two pennies? Yet not one of themis forgotten in God’s sight”.

V7: “Indeed the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than sparrows”.

Here we see Jesus redefining fear by rearranging our view so we look at things from God’s perspective. Here Our Lord and Our Friend draws upon the Old testament concept of ‘fear of The Lord’. this is not a overbearing dread that keeps us squirming in anxiety, but a respect for who God is. after all He is the one who holds ultimate power. When we have a balance view of God, it puts our thinking in a proper framework.

Sometimes the fear of doing something is worse than actually doing it. What are our greatest fears? Making somebody angry? Not have sufficient? Failing?.

The answer is: Rise up in God’s strength and take back the ground we have given to fear.. Step out in the knowledge that Our Lord and Our Friend is with us, and do what He has called us all to do.

God Bless.

O F J.

Human Nature It Is A Strange Thing

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Elijah one of the great prophet from the Old Testament ran and hid in fear.

1 Kings 19; Elijah Just had a wonderful victory with God’s Help, defeating the prophets Baal on Mt Carmel. Then Elijah heard that Queen Jezebel wanted him killed because of it.

Elijah ran and hid in fear, and when he reached Mount Sinai, he crept into a cave.How alone Elijah must have felt hiding away in a cave, hiding away from his enemies. But it was in the loneliness of the cave that Elijah was most sustained. and it was the word of God that sustained him. While Elijah was withdrawn into the solitude in his place of confinement, God spoke to him. assuring him he wasn’t alone, telling him that he had allies in Hazael, Jehu, Elisha and seven thousand who were loyal to the Lord.

We can all get to a place, where we like to hid and were we feel alone. It is easy when we are weary to think of ourselves as alone in fighting the good fight of faith. In our loneliness, which can seem like a cave of abandonment and despair, Our Lord and Our Friend comes to us and assures us that we are not alone

Each of us at some point can find us feeling alone, but the important thing to remember we are never alone, Our Lord and Our Friend said he would never leave us or forsake us. It feel very modern, this sense of having no one with us in our hollowed-out soul. we attempt to distract ourselves with possessions. clothes, hobbies, a lovely house, holidays, money, and some times the wrong kind of friends, or in our relationships with family. But our inner self craves for something more, what we truly want is God.

Elijah had wonderful times of blessing with God and he accomplished many victories with God help.Yet he found himself basically having a pity party. Pity parties are very lonely place if we are having one, because generally the only one who comes to them, is ourselves to celebrate our own pity.

We were designed for fellowship and relationship with Our Lord and Our Friend, and surely He is the one we should invite to everything we do in our lives. He wants to be with us in our highlights and victories, and in our troubled and lonely moments, because He truly is Our Lord and Our Friend.

God Bless.

 O F J.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK 11

PSALM 118 verse 8

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man

The God all powerful all knowing wants us to put our trust in Him.

It goes along with Scripture Of The Week 6: Psalm 1 verses 1 to 6

How Happy is the man………..

TRUST is the ultimate part of our faith in losing our fear as we understand the great love God has for us.

We need to trust God for who He says He is.

We need to trust God because of the great promises He gives to those who follow Him.

Trust in an Ever Present God, an Ever Present Lord and Friend.

On A different point for this scripture, it has been pointed out to us by a good friend of the ministry that.

Psalm 118 is the middle of the Bible

Psalm 117 before Psalm 118 is the shortest chapter of the bible.

Psalm 119 after Psalm 118 is the longest chapter of the bible.

The bible has 594 chapters before Psalm 118 and 594 chapters after Psalm118.

If you add up all the chapters except Psalm 118 you get a total of 1188 chapters.

1188 or Psalm 118 verse 8 is the middle verse of the entire Bible.

What a message! The center of the Bible is about TRUST.

Such an an important message it is.

(Please note in some translations this may differ a little)

Blessings OFJ

F.E.A.R

Fear - the most irrational of emotions we can ever experience. We don’t dance like maniacs after walking through a spidersweb because we are exhillerated by it, no, we dance about, smacking ourselves, making noises that cause the neighbourhood cats to hide because we think that a massive spider is crawling down our shirt, or waiting patiently in our hair for the right time to bite through our scalp and turn our insides to juice.

Poor spider. Some massive, lumbering clumsy giant just invaded and destroyed it’s home and it’s made out to be the bad guy. Poor thing’s probably hiding in the only remaining corner of it’s web pinching itself in disbelief!

Fear makes us do irrational things, it whispers to us in the dark assuring us with a 100% certainty that there is someone hiding under your bed, that those shadows are an axe wielding mass murder, that your are definately going to plummit from the sky in fiery rage the next time you board a plane.

Yet the most irrational thing fear does to us, is that it paralyses us. It stops us dead in our tracks, or causes us to turn on our heel and run away. We don’t go to the doctor’s because we are afarid that little lump may be a little bit more nasty than just a little lump, we don’t check under the hood of our car because if something’s wrong that means it needs to be fixed, which means money that we just don’t have. Yet this stalling is doing us more harm than good. Obviously dealing with a small lump, or looking under the hood early gives you a good chance of dealing with a problem before it gets worse.

The sad thing is we know this, and while we are fearful about it happening, we take a good long look at our life and say, “it can’t/won’t happen to me” and we go huddle in the corner, worrying and fretting over it. The fear has halted you, yet you feel justified, because it won’t happen to you.

I’m not here to say it will. I’m saying that if you’re afraid of the dark turn on the light. Nothing can hide in light.

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

So where does fear come from if it doesn’t come from God, why does he even let us experience fear?

Fear to me stands for: False Evidence Appearing Real. Basically something is making you believe that something that is not likely to happen is going to happen. We are the worst at telling ourselves what our own limitations are, or what others think of us, because we try to put ourselves in that situation, ask ourselves how we would react, cloud our judgment with our own nervous fretting, and before you know it, we’re stuck in a bear trap of fear.

We ain’t going nowhere!

But that’s not the way it should be. God created us with a spirit of power, love and sound mind, meaning he gave us all the tools we need to beat fear. You see the devils biggest tactic against those working for the kingdom of God is to stop them. You’ve got a target on your back, and he will do anything he can from stopping you from advancing the kingdom of God. You see, he’s vindictive, his mindset is “If I’m going down I’m bringing as many as I can down with me.” And stopping you in your tracks is the best way he can ensure the kingdom of God is not spread amongst the people.

Those whispers in the night, those harsh self doubts and denials are the enemies lies, and accusations. He plants the seed of doubt, that seed grows into fear, and that fear if not dealt with can rule us!

The good news is God gave us the power (authority) over the enemy and his lies, call them what they are, lies, and the enemy loses a foothold he has over you. God has given you a spirit of love to be the benchmark upon which everything is tested. If it’s not of Love, it’s not off God. This is a great tool for identifying the works of the enemy and the false evidence he is bringing against you. When you can see what he’s doing, you have the advantage to counter what he’s doing. The best way to do that is with…

A sound mind. God has given us His mind, His wisdom, the ability to rationalise and realise. If you fill your mind with the Word of God, nothing, and I repeat NOTHING the enemy can throw your way can succeed!

Don’t be filled with fear, Let God be light in your darkness, and watch as the shadow flees upon the encroaching brilliance of the light! Remember when you have Jesus, You have the power. And that fills Satan with Fear!

Blessings - The Kid

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