“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
I started having some pain in my mid-back off to one side yesterday, and after speaking to an RN on the phone, it sounds like it’s probably my kidney causing the pain. Ugh, I despise getting old sometimes haha. Needless to say I have a doctor’s appointment in an hour from now to get it checked out.
“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
When we come to faith in Christ, we gain a newfound freedom that we’ve never had before. While there are many aspects and nuances to this freedom in our lives, what it boils down to is that God empowers us to break the chains of bondage to the things of this world.
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6)
In Christian circles, we talk about the “fear of man” a lot. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that phrase used outside of the spiritual context, which makes sense.
“At the roots of the mountains; I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.” (Jonah 2:6)
We may often find ourselves in regrettable situations due to our own decisions. If I choose to make a poor decision that goes against God’s will or direction for my life, then I better be ready to face whatever consequences that God will either bring or allow to draw me into repentance.
“He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 25:8)
One of the great mysteries of being a covenant son or daughter of God is that through Jesus, we have victory over sin and death, and will one day live with Him forever.