Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
God wills for us to be strong, and provides our strength, courage and joy by His constant presence. Picture your prayer place, perhaps a beautiful beach, with the Lord God walking next to you. Through His powerful, flowing Spirit, He is extending to you all the strength and courage you need to overcome fear and discouragement. He is with you.
Philippians 1:6 “…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day Christ Jesus”
Our little story is being completed in God’s bigger story. He is transforming us to desire His greater purpose. The inner work of His transforming Holy Spirit is surpassing our own will. We are becoming one with Christ, discovering all He has planned and purposed for us to carry out His will and bring Him glory. Hallelujah! Our lives, our stories, our purposes are not our own….we belong to Christ and become complete in Christ alone!
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.
When you fear, seek God’s love. When problems consume your mind and burden your heart, settle peacefully in God’s love. When you worry that you are being punished or your circumstances are caving in on you, be still and let God’s unconditional love flow through you. Rest in the everlasting love of God. His love will drive out your fear. His love will overcome your problems and unburden the weight on your heart. His love will overcome all of your trials. His love will provide for you. He will even turn your failures into His perfect love. His arms are underneath you, and He is holding you with His love.
Hosea 12:6 But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.
The arc of the moral universe is long,” Martin Luther King Jr. said, “but it bends toward justice.”
God’s Justice extends outward, eternally, toward mercy and compassion. He speaks truth in love into the inner recesses of your conscience. He wants you to seek Him with your whole heart, so He can fill you with mercy, and turn your heart toward compassion. Wait for your God to deliver His Justice to your longing.
Psalm 116:7-8 (MSG)
I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings. Soul, you’ve been rescued from death; Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.”
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His Son He loves,
God rescues you. He rescues you for eternity from the death of sin and delivers you to the eternal dwelling of salvation. AND He rescues you daily from the cloud of darkness and transfers you into the refuge of His light-filled Kingdom, born from God’s beloved son, our Christ! Receive the overwhelming blessing of God’s freedom and light, because you’ve been rescued in Christ.
Romans 12:2 [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].
When we are still and our hearts center on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, blessings abound: our faith grows into maturity, our hope endures through daily trials, our deepest joy is revealed, and our confidence is solidified from being a child of God through Christ’s redemptive and completed work on the cross. Because of His devotion and love, by way of the cross, Jesus sits at God’s right hand, with all power and dominion, and so we lack nothing. We are complete, joyful, hopeful and faithful in Christ. May the inner recesses of our needy hearts be filled with the full measure of Christ’s love because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
We dwell in God. He is our refuge. Invisible and strong, His everlasting arms hold us. We are surrounded with His eternal protection. He drives out our enemies. He is our rock of salvation. Look inside and know God protects, fortifies, saves and strengthens your heart.