“Do not fear, do not panic.
March out boldly tomorrow – God is with you”
2 Chronicles 20:17
Have you ever typed a paper and used some bold type to make an idea stand out? Bold type makes something ordinary become stronger and a little bigger. When used correctly it emphasizes & attracts attention from the reader. Without it, a valuable part of the text my not be seen, noticed or be as effective as it should.
Today’s verse reminds us how we should live our lives now that God is with us. We’re reminded not to live in fear. Fear is when we’re continually looking for danger, pain & harm. Neither should we live in a state of panic. Panic is simply fear growing wild in our lives. Instead, we’re instructed to be BOLD. We’re meant to start every day with Godly boldness.
Whenever we commence our day a little stronger and a little bolder than the day before, fear & panic becomes a little weaker. Fear & panic begins to shrink, fade and be erased from our day-to-day life. When we’re a little stronger and a little bolder we emphasize & attract attention that’ll cause us to move forward into a fabulous future. [Ephesians 3:20]
This week, let’s become a little stronger and bolder. Let’s remind ourselves that God is always with us. Then start tomorrow by marching into the day boldly. If fear or panic rise up let’s speak to it by saying: “I do not fear, I do not panic, God is with me” As we become bolder, fear & panic become weaker. Every day that we’re bold in our God is a day closer to receiving the prize [Philippians 3:14].
God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
What scares people the most? Terrorism? Cancer? Death? Unemployment? There are plenty of things that could top the fear list but the number one thing seems to be loneliness. 6 out of every 10 people say they often feel lonely. 1/3 of these have little help to get past their feelings. Loneliness can be like a prison cell, a prison cell we’re not meant to be in.
Todays verse reminds us that we are never alone. Every day, every step of the way, God is with us. He doesn’t leave us [Hebrews 13:5], even if our journey gets difficult, distasteful or painful. He is with us step, by step, by step. He helps us forward into a better & more prosperous future.
Now, in the earlier part of our verse, we discover some keys to breaking through. The believer is reminded to remain strong & courageous. We’re to confidently let go of the prison bars of fear & discouragement that contain us. We must break out & realize that God is ready to walk us into our future. He’ll be there every step of the way so we will never be alone.
This week is a week to break free. No matter what fears & discouragements we may be facing let’s not isolate ourselves. Let’s be strong & courageous instead. Let’s break out and step into our future. Let’s remember that God, our God; the one who called everything we see into place [Hebrews 11:3], is with us every step of the way. He’ll walk us through to a victory that is far beyond what we could even ask or imagine. [Ephesians 3:20]
“Sing God a brand-new song!”
Sometimes listening to the radio can get frustrating. It seems like every station is playing the same music, the same songs and the same playlist. It becomes so repetitive that people will often simply switch off. As soon as they release a new playlist with new songs everyone listens, engages and remains interested.
In today’s verse the psalmist reminds us that we must sing a brand-new song to God. Singing a new song will take our decision to stop singing the same old ones. Singing a new song will take effort, thought & learning but the result are well worth it. Our brand-new song will help build our future rather than force us to disconnect, stagnate & live in our past.
Some folk get stuck in life singing “the blues”. Everything that exits their mouth is about their worries, concerns and fears. That won’t change the future. A brand-new song for a brand New Year can. It’s the perfect time to develop a new song with new music and a new playlist. A song that God wants to listen to. One that’ll get Him interest & engaged with us.
This week let’s cause a new sound & a new song to come from our lips. Let’s do it for the New Year remembering that God understands & listens to every single sound we sing. Lets make it a song that’s filled with possibilities rather than pain. Lets make it a song that’s filled with faith rather than failure. A new song about our new life rather than our past or present prisons. As we sing our brand-new song to God our future will become more than we could ask or hope. [Ephesians 3:20]
“The God whom we serve is able to deliver us”
Have you ever waited for a special delivery? Once it’s received we’re overjoyed. But the process of delivery commenced long before this. The process started when we 1st saw the item and placed our order. The delivery was simply the culmination of a very long & complicated process. If we hadn’t ordered the item we would’ve never have received it.
Today’s verse reminds us of a similar truth in God’s Word. If we expect God to deliver us then we must be serving Him by doing life His way. If we stubbornly pursue our own agenda’s and dysfunctional way of living we can’t expect to receive anything. If we persist in doing life the way the world & well meaning people tell us, then there will be little available for us. When we serve God He is able to deliver us through every trial we face.
In this verse Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego were about to face a very fiery trial [Daniel 3]. They knew exactly where their trust was placed. They had lived their lives serving God so when they needed a special delivery they knew God would come through. They lived this way long before everything heated up. Similarly if we live our lives serving & trusting God whenever we need help God is able & ready to move.
This week let’s start preparing. Let’s not wait for life & circumstances to heat up. Lets prepare to receive a future delivery from God instead. Start by living a better life Gods way. Spend time in His Word; the Bible. Speak to Him and ask for His help in prayer. Consider Him and His Church in every decision that needs to be made. As we do this we enable God to be able to deliver us from every fiery trial into a future that is beyond what we could ask or think [Ephesians 3:20].
“If you return, then I will restore you” Jeremiah 15:19
Each of us has gone a little off course at some time in life. Circumstances, pressures and bad decisions may cause us to move away from what we know is best. When we’ve discovered that our direction was not the greatest it’s easy to feel like there’s no way back. We may feel isolated, separated and alone but returning to God’s plan is not as difficult as many may think.
Today’s verse gives us reassurance as to God’s heart and God’s ways. Jeremiah simply reminds us that as soon as we repent, returning to God’s way, God’s there ready to bring restoration. It matters little whether we’ve strayed a long or a short way from His Word. When we return to Him He brings restoration. He helps to keep us moving forward in His purpose & His plan towards a greater future.
Many find themselves in hopeless areas of life. These areas can seem darker than night and so lonely & distant that the goal of a better life seems almost impossible. When we apply God’s Word to these areas we quickly discover the restoration power that God pours out. We start moving away from these areas of devastation into the realms of possibility that are only found in our God.
This week let’s not allow circumstances, pressures & bad decisions to lead us away from God any longer. Lets locate these areas of hopelessness that we may be carrying, bring them to God, apply His Word and allow Him to restore, renew and revitalize us. Before long we’ll be looking forward into a greater future that is infinitely more than we might ask or think. [Ephesians 3:20]