Daily Reading: August 9th


#DailyDevotion Do You Appear Before The Lord And His Messengers With Nothing?

August 9th
Read 1 Sam 25:1–22
1Sa 25:12-19 ESV So David’s young men turned away and came back and told him all this. (13) And David said to his men, “Every man strap on his sword!” And every man of them strapped on his sword. David also strapped on his sword. And about four hundred men went up after David, while two hundred remained with the baggage. (14) But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to greet our master, and he railed at them. (15) Yet the men were very good to us, and we suffered no harm, and we did not miss anything when we were in the fields, as long as we went with them. (16) They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep. (17) Now therefore know this and consider what you should do, for harm is determined against our master and against all his house, and he is such a worthless man that one cannot speak to him.” (18) Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves and two skins of wine and five sheep already prepared and five seahs of parched grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys. (19) And she said to her young men, “Go on before me; behold, I come after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.

This is one of those times when a pastor looks at a passage from Scripture and goes, “What am I going to do with that?” It doesn’t look as if David is being particularly merciful and kind or loving. One might even think he’s being a little bratty although I guess one could say he is simply expecting his due. He and his men did provide some protection for this man’s servants and property. Abigail upon hearing the news of David’s plan seems to have a little more sense in that she prepares some sort of offering to send to David to assuage his anger.

Now if we recognize David as a type or prophesy of Jesus then maybe we can learn something from this. The Lord spoke, Exo 23:15 … “None shall appear before me empty-handed.” And again, Deu 16:16 ESV “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God at the place that he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Booths. They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.”

David had protected this man’s property and the man acts as if David had done nothing for him or that he knows him. His attitude is unbelief and ungratefulness. Our Lord Jesus Christ has won for us salvation. He has defeated our foes sin, death and the devil. He has given us the kingdom. He even blesses us with temporal goods. What should our attitude be? How should we react to the commands of Jesus? Do we scoff at him and those he sends ahead of him i.e. pastors and evangelist? Do we act as if he has not done these things for us? Should we appear before him empty handed, not because we don’t have but because we refuse him what we do have as Nabal did David?

We should know then that Jesus is coming. He has sent his messengers ahead of him, namely evangelist and pastors. They have made known to us all the good Jesus has done for us. We should therefore turn to with Jesus with an attitude of faith, trust, thankfulness and gratitude.

Lord Jesus Christ, give us hearts of gratefulness and faith that we may not spurn those who to send to us but respond to them as we should towards you with trust and thanksgiving. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 7th


#DailyDevotion Christianity And Politics Are Two Separate Things

August 8th

Read 1 Sam 24:1–22

1Sa 24:3-6  And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave.  (4)  And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.'” Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.  (5)  And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.  (6)  He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the LORD’s anointed.”

 

Now ask yourself if you would have done the same.  David understands and believes a basic principle of authority. Rom 13:1-7  Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  (2)  Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.  (3)  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,  (4)  for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.  (5)  Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.  (6)  For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.  (7)  Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

 

And again, 1Pe 2:13-15  Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,  (14)  or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.  (15)  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

 

It may not be popular in a country whose foundations are built on rebellion but this same country ask the same of us.  David recognized that Saul was the Lord’s anointed king of Israel even as he also knew he was the anointed king to replace Saul.  But David was willing to let the Lord choose the day, place, time and manner in which that would happen.  What ill has befallen us because we would not wait patiently on the Lord to hear our prayers and to deliver us.

 

Jesus would tell us give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.  Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world and he has promised to give it to those who trust in him.  So while we live in this kingdom we give honor and obedience to those in authority over us.  They have been placed there by the Lord.  But over and above that we give honor and glory to Jesus who has redeemed us from this fallen world and given us an eternal kingdom where righteousness reigns.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, as citizens of your heavenly kingdom, grant unto us the heart of your father David who respected the authority he was under to the praise of your name and patience to await for the institution of your kingdom in a new heavens and a new earth as you have promised us.  Amen.

Daily Reading: August 7th


#DailyDevotion When You Have To Choose Between Family And What Is Right

August 7th

Read 1 Sam 20:24–42

1Sa 20:30-33  Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman, do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness?  (31)  For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. Therefore send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.”  (32)  Then Jonathan answered Saul his father, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?”  (33)  But Saul hurled his spear at him to strike him. So Jonathan knew that his father was determined to put David to death… 1Sa 20:41-42  And as soon as the boy had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and fell on his face to the ground and bowed three times. And they kissed one another and wept with one another, David weeping the most.  (42)  Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD shall be between me and you, and between my offspring and your offspring, forever.'” And he rose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city.

 

Jonathan was a man of many virtues. Despite the fact that Saul his father believed Jonathan was doing wrong for siding with David, Jonathan was doing the right thing.  David had done nothing that deserved death. If Jonathan had helped his father Saul he would guilty of the blood of David.  It certainly would not be an easy situation to be in.

 

Jonathan also believed the Word of the Lord.  Certainly he would have known the word of Samuel which removed Saul’s dynasty from continuing after him and that Samuel had anointed David to succeed him.  While it wasn’t selfish motives that moved Jonathan to side with David we can see that Jonathan bound himself and his children to David through their mutual vows and actions.

 

Have ever come to this situation in our lives?  We feel we are torn between a rock and a hard place.  What would the Lord have us to do?  Would He not want us to do what is right even it brought undue hardships, angst and troubles upon us?  He most certainly would.  Because these things done in faith are not forgotten or unnoticed by our Lord.  He most certainly does not want us to choose evil or wrong over good and right.  Mercy and obedience is what he wants over any outwards actions which are not done in faith.  Without faith it is impossible to please God.

 

To give us the strength to live such a life we have the example and power from Jesus’ life.  He himself chose us over his own family when they did not know or believe in him.  He chose to have mercy on us by suffering, being persecuted even to the point of death.  Jesus chose to be a curse before all the world that you would have the blessings of God.  In Christ then, if you are in Christ Jesus, you have his life to live in yours.  He lives in you to live out his life in your life.  He is our example to follow.  He is more than our example.  Jesus is the power to do it.  You just have to trust him.  He promises the Holy Spirit that we might be new people, a new creation.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, grant us your Holy Spirit and faith in your Word that we too like Jonathan may live our lives according to your Word and do what is right in your eyes and when we don’t grant us repentance unto life. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 6th


#DailyDevotion Who Should You Be Loyal To?

August 6th

Read 1 Sam 20:1–23

1Sa 20:12-17  And Jonathan said to David, “The LORD, the God of Israel, be witness! When I have sounded out my father, about this time tomorrow, or the third day, behold, if he is well disposed toward David, shall I not then send and disclose it to you?  (13)  But should it please my father to do you harm, the LORD do so to Jonathan and more also if I do not disclose it to you and send you away, that you may go in safety. May the LORD be with you, as he has been with my father.  (14)  If I am still alive, show me the steadfast love of the LORD, that I may not die;  (15)  and do not cut off your steadfast love from my house forever, when the LORD cuts off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.”  (16)  And Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the LORD take vengeance on David’s enemies.”  (17)  And Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

 

Pro 18:24  A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

 

No account from the bible shows this more than this one from 1st Samuel.  They say that blood is thicker than water.  Do you know what that means?  That means that you hold your family more dear to you, even if they are unbelievers, than your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  You would rather be wrong with your family then right with the family of God.  Of course that is more complicated when your family is also Christian.  Never-the-less, we are called to be faithful to the Lord 1st.  We should rather lose all even our lives than be unfaithful to the Lord.

 

Jonathan is an example of someone who fears the Lord more than he desires to please his family.  His father wants to kill David.  While he doesn’t believe it if it is so, then Jonathan throws his lot with David, the Lord’s other anointed because he knows David is innocent.  He places his life and lot in the hands of his friend David, even though he knows that doing so, he seals the fate of his future dynasty to not be the kings of Israel.

 

Have you ever had to make a choice between family and friends?  It can be a tough call at times.   If you knew however your family was wrong however, would you stand up for what is right?  Is your faith in Christ worth more to you than worldly goods even your life or your soul?

 

Jesus says, “Luk 9:23-26  And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (24)  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. (25)  For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? (26)  For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”  And, Mat 19:29  “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.”  Can you trust Jesus to be true to His Word?  He is the Friend who will stick closer to you than a brother.  Will you reciprocate?

 

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you that you have given up all and brought yourself close to us as our Friend receiving yourself million-fold houses, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and friends.  Grant us such faith in you that we do likewise in our life. Amen

Daily Reading: August 5th


#DailyDevotion Give Thanks That You’ve Been Given The Free Gift Of Faith

August 5th

Read 1 Sam 19:1–24

1Sa 19:19-24  And it was told Saul, “Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.”  (20)  Then Saul sent messengers to take David, and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as head over them, the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.  (21)  When it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they also prophesied. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they also prophesied.  (22)  Then he himself went to Ramah and came to the great well that is in Secu. And he asked, “Where are Samuel and David?” And one said, “Behold, they are at Naioth in Ramah.”  (23)  And he went there to Naioth in Ramah. And the Spirit of God came upon him also, and as he went he prophesied until he came to Naioth in Ramah.  (24)  And he too stripped off his clothes, and he too prophesied before Samuel and lay naked all that day and all that night. Thus it is said, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

 

Those who are big on free will won’t like this passage.  Our puny human wills with whatever freedom we may have cannot compare to the will of God.  We cannot frustrate God’s plans.  Saul sought to kill the one whom the Lord had anointed and appointed to take his place because of his sin.  Saul sends men to kill David, but the Spirit of the Lord comes upon them and turns their hearts.  He sends more and the same thing happens.  He goes himself to kill David and the Spirit of the Lord comes upon him and he prophecies.  Saul has no choice.

 

We have no free will when it comes to spiritual things and the mundane things of the world, well who knows how much freedom we have even have there.  Martin Luther was right in his “Bondage of the Will.”  Either God is riding and directing your heart or Satan is in spiritual matters and even in the normal, ordinary course of life things, the Lord is directing it all for His good purposes namely the spreading of the Good News of a Free Salvation through faith in His Son Jesus Christ and bringing people to faith in Jesus.

 

There is no doubt that we do not choose Jesus but that Jesus chooses us. Joh 15:16  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you…”  Jesus invites himself into our hearts. Luk 19:5  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”  It is God’s will that we come to faith and are born of Him. Joh 1:12  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…”

 

So if you have the Spirit of God and if you have faith in the Son of God, Jesus, the Second David, gives thanks that the Father of lights Jas 1:18  Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.  This is not your doing but the Father’s.  Have to humility to admit that apart from the will of God you would not choose Jesus, believe in Jesus or invite Him into your hearts.  It is all God’s free gift in Christ Jesus on account of Christ Jesus.

 

I thank you heavenly Father, out of your great mercy and might you have called me to faith in Christ Jesus your Son and given me your Holy Spirit that I might have faith in Him and You.  Ever pour out your Holy Spirit upon me that my mind and my will be in accordance with your mind and will.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 4th


#DailyDevotion The Lord Makes His Anointed Succeed

August 4

1 Sam 18:10–30

1Sa 18:12  Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul…14 And David had success in all his undertakings, for the LORD was with him…25 Then Saul said, “Thus shall you say to David, ‘The king desires no bride-price except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, that he may be avenged of the king’s enemies.'” Now Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

 

What a bitter thing it is to rejected by the Lord, the God of Israel. Saul while acting contrite earlier was only sorry because he lost something, the Lord’s favor. He was not contrite over what he had done and tried to deceitfully justify his actions to Samuel. The Lord saw through it. He knows men’s hearts. Saul was truly not repentant. So the Lord has raised David up to replace Saul at the appointed time. He is lifting up David as a warrior who will accomplish all that the Lord desires him to do. Because the Lord had departed from Saul, an evil spirit had come to torture him. And this spirit no doubt worked hand in hand to raise up a jealousy in the heart of Saul against David. This is what Jesus had said once, Mat 12:45”Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation” and 2Pe 2:2 … “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”

 

So in Saul’s jealousy of David, whom the Lord had given success, Saul in his jealousy seeks to kill David, once with his own hand and then later at the hands of the Philistines. He plans and schemes to have David killed even using his daughters in his plan. Such is the person whom the Lord’s Spirit departs. Every inclination of their heart returns to their fallen state. We should take a warning from Saul. When we fall away from the Lord, we should not feign repentance. We should not try to justify our behavior before the Lord. We need to recognize truly and honestly how we have sinned against the Lord. We need to repent, to become resolute not to do what we have done again. We must turn to the Lord Jesus Christ trusting in his mercy, kindness and forgiveness as he had promised us. Then we should continue in the newness of life the Lord Jesus gives us.

 

Now we come to David. Some people may want to take what is written of him, i..e David’s success because the Lord was with him, to mean that if the Lord is with you all your undertakings will have success. But this is obviously not true. It is true all of David’s success comes from the Lord’s doing. David had a particular purpose in the Lord’s plan to save the world from sin, death and the devil. For this purpose, the Lord raised up David and gave him success in all these enterprises. Indeed, the Lord even works or is with all successful people to accomplish His purposes for our salvation. He later raises up the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks and the Romans. So just because the Lord is with you because you are a Christian, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to have success in life as the world measures success. What the Lord Jesus does promise you is a cross, i.e. suffering, shame, persecution and even death because of his name. But if you bear your cross, the one the Lord places upon you, you will inherit the kingdom of God and bear the weight of eternal glory.

 

Heavenly Father, grant me true repentance to life immortal that I may truly confess my sin and believe more firmly in my Lord Jesus Christ. Give me your grace that I may bear all crosses laid upon me never doubting Jesus’ presence in all suffering, that I may inherit eternal life, your kingdom and the glory of your Son Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 3rd


#DailyDevotion Jesus Has Knit His Soul To Yours

Aug. 3rd
Read 1 Sam 17:48—18:9
1Sa 18:1-9 As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. (2) And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. (3) Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. (4) And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. (5) And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him, so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants… (7) And the women sang to one another as they celebrated, “Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” (8) And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?” (9) And Saul eyed David from that day on.

The anointing of Samuel of David is having its effect. David must increase and Saul must decrease. Saul will be his own undoing though. David, we will see, will always respect Saul as the current anointed king of Israel. Saul, however, will keep an eye on David and will not trust him. The one Saul appoints over his armies to do the work that God had originally given him to do does it and does it well. Because of this, David who is the instrument of the Lord gets praise, more praise than Saul, and Saul becomes jealous.

Jealousy and covetousness is a serious sin. It indeed is the root sin of all others. We covet things and persons which the Lord hasn’t given us so we turn to other gods to get it. We deny our parents, commit murder, adultery, we rob and steal and speak evil of people to get what we want when we want it and how we want it. We will cover it up with all sorts of justifications of how what we are doing it good and right and those holding things from us are really the ones who are doing evil.

How are you justifying your bad behavior today? In what ways are you letting covetousness get in the way of receiving from God all his good gifts and from serving your neighbor? Jonathan on the other hand is an example of one whose heart belongs to the Lord. He recognizes the Lord’s hand with David. He gives his heart to David and with that his worldly possessions. His concern is not for his future dynasty but the good of the house of Israel. He sees David as being that one whom is good for Israel. He sticks closer to David than his own brother. Solomon would later write, “There is a friend who sticks closer to you than your brother.” Perhaps he had this in mind.

Now we have before us One who is greater than David, David’s son, Jesus Christ. David is not jealous of his Son who is greater than him. He has a whole book of the bible, the psalms, which is practically dedicated to his great Son, Jesus, the son of Mary. He is a friend who sticks to us closer than he does to his own family. He, like Jonathan, takes off his armor, his robe of righteousness, his weapons and gives them to us the face the day anew in the armor of God. Make use of these gifts to defeat the Goliaths in your life. They cannot fail you.

Lord Jesus Christ, you clothe us in your righteousness and your armor. Grant us courage and skill to make use of these great gifts and knit your soul to ours, that we may defeat the Goliaths of our lives and know the benefit of your friendship. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 2nd


#DailyDevotion Trust In The Name Of The Lord

Aug. 2nd
Read Sam 17:20–47
1Sa 17:32-37 ESV And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” (33) And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” (34) But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, (35) I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. (36) Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” (37) And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”

If we would only take this account to heart what difference it would make in our lives. If we simply lived the life of faith which David exhibits here how our lives would be changed.

What is the difference between how David responds to Goliath and his threats and the rest of Israel? Just this, faith in the Word and Promises of the Lord God.

We note that when David slew the lion and the bear who gets the credit? Is David bragging about himself? Absolutely not! No, it was the Lord who delivered David, but the Lord used the hands of David to accomplish this work.

What instruments David uses to fight Goliath is immaterial. David has one weapon and one weapon only, the name of the Lord. It reminds me of Martin Luther’s Hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” in particular this verse: And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us: The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure, One little word shall fell him.

What little word fells not only Goliath but the prince of darkness and all his minions? Jesus.

So call upon the name of Jesus in the day of trouble and call upon when times are good. Put your faith in the name of the One who conquered your greatest enemy like David and your Goliaths will be slain just as sure as David’s was.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant us such faith in your name that we may act in faith with all our trials and tribulations as David did when he encountered Goliath. In your name Jesus we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: July 1st


#DailyDevotion You Can Only Slay Goliaths If You Trust In God’s Promises

Aug. 1st
Read 1 Sam 17:1–19
1Sa 17:10-11 And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” (11) When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

Why were these Israelites afraid? Did they not have the Word of the Lord? Did they not have the promises of God? What Word and Promises of God might that be that should take away their fear?

Lev 26:3 “If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them,…6-8 I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will remove harmful beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land. (7) You shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. (8) Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

And: Deu 28:7 “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

What did they have to fear unless they were not walking in the statutes and observing the commandments of the Lord? Maybe they feared they were not. But the cure for that is to repent and trust in the Word of the Lord. These men of Israel should have been scattering their enemies seven ways to the wind. Instead they were cowering.

We shall see that David will come as one who believes these words of the Lord and lives by them. We have another David against a greater Goliath. The Goliath we face is sin, death and the devil. Jesus is our David. He has defeated our enemies by his innocent suffering and death. By his burial and resurrection he has won the victory for us. These have no power over us in Christ Jesus.

We should live as such with faith in Christ. We should not live lives of fear and cowering. We should be chasing our enemies with the almighty and powerful Word and Promises of Jesus. Our fears should not run our lives but the love of God in Christ Jesus should be the Word in which we trust and face the world, our flesh, our enemies in the spiritual realms. They would have us cower in fear over the circumstances of our lives and have control over them. But the One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the World. So do not fear today. God in Christ Jesus is on your side. He will fight your battles. He will strengthen your heart and your legs to act as people of the New Covenant with confidence and boldness.

Lord Jesus Christ, ever give us your Holy Spirit that we may face life without fear but with faith and love in your Words. Amen.