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Very Big Obstacles

TheTomb

They were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. — Mark 16:2-4

With God, the things causing us the most concern in life’s journey turn out to be non-issues.

– fritz

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Discovery about Days

The way a day turns out is often different than the way it feels facing it.

And that’s a good thing!

“Instead of worrying, pray… It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” — Philippians 4:6-7 (Message)

– fritz

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We all do some stupid (May I use the term?) things.

Thinking back over personal experience I notice a primary source; we see it in Israel’s history, too.

Israel just finished clearing out their land of idolaters then some went home and did a stupid thing — they build a rival altar. That stirred everybody up! Had they not learned God takes a dim view of idolatry?! Their answer is telling,

We have … done it for fear” – Joshua 22:24

They were afraid of being excluded later so they built a copy of God’s altar. God did not tell them to do that.

How many bone-headed ideas do we come up with because of fear over one thing or another! God tells us not to fear but trust his care, obey his word, let Him be our wisdom.

You are partners with Christ … Jesus has become our wisdom sent from God, our righteousness, our holiness, and our ransom from sin. — 1st Corinthians 1:30 (God’s Word translation)

Prayer: Jesus, help me to act in faith, trusting in your presence and care, not in fear.

Sound Bite: Perfect love casts out fear (1st John 4:18)

— fritz@langgang.com
Also see: Fat Fallible Fears, Sept. 12, 2010

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Conspiracy Theory


Conspiracy theories are rampant! The world bankers are plotting this, the Rothschilds are planning that, the government is secretly conducting one thing and another.

It has always been such and they may all be true! But there there is a higher planner!

Take a moment to read what the Bible says about that,

“Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the plots of evildoers.

They sharpen their tongues … aim cruel words … shoot from ambush … encourage each other … they say, “Who will see it?”

But God will shoot them with his arrows … turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin” – Psalm 64:2-8 (NIV)

A friend years ago told God in prayer, “Lord, since you are going to be up all night anyway, I’ll let you worry about that; I’m going to get some sleep.”

– fritz

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>The Fear of God

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“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. – 2nd Corinthians 7:1

We don’t like the word, “fear”. How can we fear God and love him, too? Think of the fear of God like the fear of law.

I am not afraid of the police, I have friends who are police and love them dearly, but I treat them all with the utmost respect realizing they have the authority and ability to make my life very difficult.

Some see the uniform and miss the person; some do that with God, too. Jesus shows the person behind God’s law and He is good, kind, and worthy of our love.

– fritz

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>No Fear in Troubled Times

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“And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be … nation shall rise against nation … and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles – Mark 13:7-8

Jesus predicted that before his return some fearful things would happen.

Could he have been referring to just the sort of things we see now – terrorists, Middle East wars, global warming fears (real or imagined); political and geological problems increasing everywhere? I think so.

Ahead of time he told us this so his people would trust his care and not be afraid like those without hope or faith.

We choose to believe in his personal care, acting from faith not fear.

– fritz

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Who does what?!

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

If I read this right, noticing who does what, my life focus is not finding rest, refreshment, guidance, defence, or anointing for myself – that’s His role in my life.

My job is to walk1 close to Him in obedience, trust Him when I’m made to do things I don’t particularly want, and choose not to fear when situations look threatening.

Just doing that I won’t need to chase “goodness” and “mercy”, they’ll chase me.

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-fritz

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