Fear can be an evil dictator, a ruthless warden of the mind, and a steel chain of bondage. It forces many to do the unthinkable... forcing a servant to bury his master's silver in the backyard. Making Peter swing his sword and cut off Malchus' ear. Driving Abraham to father an illegitimate son. Convincing Jonah to buy a ticket and get into a boat. Whispering murder and cover up to Moses. Here are three secrets to fearing less...
Worry, worry, worry! How many Christians lose their joy and peace because of worry! In this chapter, Paul tells us that the secure mind—the mind that is guarded by the peace of God—frees us from worry. Of course, the believer who does not have the single mind (chap. 1), the submissive mind (chap. 2), and the spiritual mind (chap. 3) can never have the secure mind. We must first live what Paul describes in the previous three chapters before we can claim the promises and provisions of this final chapter.
Some think that faith comes from within, inside of you, but in Ephesians 2:8, Paul reminds us that faith “is the gift of God” and that it comes from God. It is not something we can muster up or dig down deep to find. It is the fruit of God in the life of His surrendered child. In God, this is called foreknowledge. In us, it is the assurance of His foreknowledge. In Him, this is omniscience. For the Christian, it is reliance upon His omniscience.
We often think that peace is the absence of its anti-type - that its calm is nothing more than the lack of wind, waves, and rain clouds. Nothing could be further from the truth. Peace is something greater. It is not the absence of something, but the presence of Someone. It is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). It comes from God because it is part of God's nature to haply grant to us His grace of supernatural peace - even amidst the storms. Jesus said: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth , give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid."
Hebrew 10:38-39 Faith accepts the impossible as a real possibility! Faith ignores the obvious and takes a step of obedience anyway. Four levels of Faith: No Faith – God doing no “mighty” works… Little Faith – God limited by unbelief Strong Faith – God pleased with a growing faith… Great Faith – God answering prayer … Continue reading Four Levels of Faith
What does the future hold for my family and me? If you are like me, you think about this quite often. The reports you hear about the economy aren’t encouraging. The price of oil seems to continue upward meaning higher gas prices. Everything costs more now and my income stays the same. Will that trend … Continue reading Are You Worried about the Future?