For God has not given us a spirit of fear but one of power, love, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Perhaps ‘fear not’ is repeated so often (365 times in the NIV) because we need constant reassurance that God is always near and we can depend on His love! We can lean on His strength and count on His help. He is always near!
GOD is striding ahead of you. He walks proudly, with importance in His step, carrying the banner that identifies me as part of His family. He’s covering every second, every nuance of this day. Psalm 139
He’s right there with you. Not just ahead but in front, back, sides, up and down. In my mind, my heart, my soul. He has all of me. He’s covering every second, every nuance of this day. Isaiah 41:10
He won’t let you down. He keeps all of His promises, faithfully. He never fails us.Psalm 145:13
Don’t be intimidated. There are bullies and controllers everywhere, including our inner minds! Stop listening to them. Only God is worth consistently listening to! Deuteronomy 13:6
Don’t worry! Just stop letting whatever is bothering you have such control. God is in control. He has it all covered. Matthew 19:26
God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son. (John 3:16 NIV)
Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.Love never stops loving. It extends beyond the gift of prophecy, which eventually fades away. It is more enduring than tongues, which will one day fall silent. Love remains long after words of knowledge are forgotten. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 TPT)
How prepared are we to give our absolute loyalty and obedience in all we think, do, and say to God? That’s what loving Him means.
To love God with our whole mind we have to know Him. To know Him we have to know His Word. Yes, we certainly should read it but there is more to it than that. We need to study it, pray it, memorize it, ponder it, and live it.
And then, we must love Him with all our strength which means using our time, talents, and resources for Him. You might be thinking that doesn’t make sense but it takes physical and mental power to ensure that everything we are given by Him is being used for Him.
I hope you’ll find some time today, every day, to love on Him!
God does not want us to be timid or cowardly. He does not want us to fear. In fact, He will never, get that, never, give us a fear-filled spirit. Did you know He says don’t fear 365 times in the NIV translation? That’s one for every day of the year. I think if we look at other ways to say it the number is probably much higher.
God gives us His power, His love, and His mind. When we are given a precious gift aren’t we expected to use it?
As a child of God, we have His power within us because the Holy Spirit lives in us. With this incredible power, we can overcome anything the evil one throws at us.
We are given the love of Jesus at the moment of our salvation. We are not to keep it hidden but we are to share it, live it, model it, and give it constantly.
Sound judgment is transliterated in the Amplified Bible as a calm and well-balanced mind with discipline and self-control. So if I have been given sound judgment then when I must judge God has created my mind to have all these characteristics. So, then, I can be totally assured I am acting and reacting in the way God wants.
One of the verses I memorized many years ago, during a time of extreme stress was Isaiah 54:17. God has given us His power, His love, and sound judgment so that every weapon and every word that the evil one wants to use against us is blocked. Our God is certainly an Awesome God.