My Lord, My Friend

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Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘Psalm 25 verse 14’


Psalm 25 verse 14: “The secret counsel of The Lord is for those who fear Him and He reveals His covenant to them’.

Fear is a difficult word to get around, because God’s word also tells us in: 1 John 4 verse 18; “There is no fear in love; instead perfect love drives out fear, because fear invites punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love”.

There are two types of fear of God: one is to have a reverential awe of Him, and the second is to be afraid of Him.  As believers we should have a reverential fear, a fear of grieving Him. Our Lord and Our Friend has given so much for us, virtually a good way of putting is an awe inspiring numbness, to take in that, the God of Creation love us that much, and what He did, so we {or a whosoever} can walk in relationship with Him.

His love for us, is that we walk in peace, power and fellowship with Him. This is what this scripture verse is trying to tell us, His Will is that, His counsel and guidance {secret because the world can not understand}, is with those that fear Him, reverentially.

Walk through life in fellowship with Our Lord and Our Friend.

God Bless.

O F J.

Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘2 Timothy 1 verse 7’


2 Timothy 1 verse 7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but of power love, and sound Judgement”.

Some translations use ‘spirit of timidity’, which I am of the belief takes away from the real meaning. Paul was writing to Timothy and apparently Timothy was governed by a spirit of fear {1 Corinthians 16 verse 10}. Paul does not moralize Timothy for this, but merely pointed out that such an attitude did not come from The Holy Spirit.

We all have attitudes that come from the flesh, not the Holy Spirit. Even the Apostle Paul had his moments with despair {2 Corinthians 1 verse8}. We are all subject to weakness of some sort, but the point is such, feelings do not come from The Holy Spirit. Remembering {Romans 1 verse 8} There is no condemnation, it certainly does not mean we are not Christians, and it does not mean we are less pleasing to Our Lord and Our Friend generally. 

In Christ Jesus we have sufficiency, we have new life in Christ, It about living in our new lives, which we are all trying to do, but the old man, old woman of the flesh, has been around so long, it is hard to easily get rid of them.

Fearlessness is a state of mind that can only be achieved by the Holy Spirit. You can not work it up. You can work up courage. But you can not make yourself feel no fear. If you do have fears admit them, it is no disgrace to feel like that. But when we let the fullness of The Holy Spirit into our lives, all fears is gone. At least at that moment, it may not last forever, this is when we need to draw on the Holy Spirit, because He has given us all we need to come through, any situation.

The Holy Spirit has given us a spirit of power, love, and sound judgement {mind},

God Bless.

O F J.

Scripture Verse Of The Week ‘Psalm 56 verse 3’


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’


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.


Dealing With Difficulties ‘Faint-hearted’


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’


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


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


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


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.