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Happy Thursday Everyone:
I was reading something about fear this morning and it made me think of what a damaging emotion it is. Many people fear death, and they live in a small way because of that, then there are those who fear life and that keeps them from truly living. Either fear will keep us from living a victorious life. Fear paralyzes and even though death has an appointment with each one of us, it is merely a door we pass through to our real life in eternity, and for those of us who love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ we will enter into His presence where there is joy evermore! When He is on the throne of your life you have nothing to fear, do not be afraid, only believe. I just did a quick search on Bible verses that speak of fear and I came up with 50 that I listed here below. The one that Jay and I quote the most often is Matthew 10:28: And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. We do not need to fear anything in this world, we need only fear God and Him alone. I in reading "When I am afraid, I put my trust in You" (Psalm 56:3) it puts things in perspective for me. I pray you will all be blessed by these scripturesBe blessed in His marvelous presence today and always.
Much Love,
1.        For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
2.        Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32 NIV
3.        The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Psalm 34:7 NIV
4.        So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matt 10:31 NIV
5.        Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. Deuteronomy 13:4 NLT
6.        I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 NLT
7.        This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NLT
8.        But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don't worry or be afraid of their threats. 1 Peter 3:14 NLT
9.        One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, "Don't be afraid! Speak out! Don't be silent! Acts 18:9 NLT
10.        Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 1 John 4:18 NLT
11.        When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 NIV
12.        In God, whose word I praise- in God I trust and am not afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 56:4 NIV
13.        He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Psalm 91:4-8 NLT
14.        They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. Psalm 112:7 NLT
15.        Do not tremble; do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago? You are my witnesses-is there any other God? No! There is no other Rock-not one! Isaiah 44:8 NLT
16.        I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear? Isaiah 51:12 NLT
17.        Be not afraid of them [their faces], for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. Jeremiah 1:8 Amplified
18.        But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just have faith. "Mark 5:36 NLT
19.        They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified,  but he called out to them, "Don't be afraid. I am here!" John 6:19-20 NLT
20.        "Don't be afraid," Moses answered them, "for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!" Exodus 20:20 NLT
21.        You must always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart. 2 Chronicles 19:9 NLT
22.        The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. Psalm 25:14 NLT
23.        But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. Psalm 33:18 NLT
24.        I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 NLT
25.        Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. Psalm 34:9 NLT
26.        The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. Psalm 103:13 NLT
27.        Fear of the Lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm. Proverbs 19:23 NLT
28.        True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life. Proverbs 22:4 NLT
29.        Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety. Proverbs 29:25 NLT
30.        Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Proverbs 31:30 NLT
31.        He will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the Lord will be your treasure. Isaiah 33:6 NLT
32.        Say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you." Isaiah 35:4 NLT
33.        Listen to me, you who know right from wrong you who cherish my law in your hearts. Do not be afraid of people's scorn, nor fear their insults. Isaiah 51:7 NLT
34.        Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don't be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood. Isaiah 54:4 NLT
35.        For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears.He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
36.        Don't be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matt 10:28 NLT
37.        We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live. Luke 1:74-75 NLT
38.        And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. Romans 8:38 NLT
39.        We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside.  But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. His presence was a joy. 2 Corinthians 7:5-6 NLT
40.        Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. Hebrews 12:28 NLT
41.        Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 1 John 4:18 NLT
42.        "Fear God," he shouted. "Give glory to him. For the time has come when he will sit as judge. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water." Revelation 14:7 NLT
43.        And from the throne came a voice that said, "Praise our God, all his servants, all who fear him, from the least to the greatest." Revelation 19:5 NLT
44.        Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil,  for you are with me Psalm 23:4 NIV
45.        Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Deuteronomy 1:17 NIV
46.        Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you. Deuteronomy 3:22 NIV
47.        The LORD is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 NIV
48.        He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" Mark 4:40 NIV
49.        Jesus told him, "Don't be afraid; just believe." Mark 5:36 NIV
50.        Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. Revelation 1:17 NIV

Oh for the precious peace of God that makes each trembling heart so calm,
That peace that only He can give, that wondrous, soothing balm,
Oh for those quiet times, so still, to cry at His dear feet,
Oh for the precious peace of God, for nothing is as sweet,
Oh for that peace that waits for me, far beyond the river,
Where just the slightest touch from Him causes me to quiver,
Oh for the light that can calm all fear and make the darkness flee,
Oh for the precious peace of God that washes over me,
Come, you who are tired and cannot seem to go that extra mile,
Come to Him, sit at His feet and rest a little while,
There is peace, sweet peace there and shelter from the cold,
There is comfort, hope and mercy in His eternal fold,
"Hush, be still" He whispers as He holds each weary child,
Oh His love is lovely, so sweet, so warm, so mild,
"Peace, be still" He commands and trouble washes away,
And sleep is sweeter still when we are held in His strong sway,
Oh for the peace that He can give, and only He alone,
He holds me close and His love tells me that surely I'm His own,
What treasure on earth can ever compare to the comfort my Savior can give,
That Peace like a river rolling along is mine for as long as I live!
Please feel free to use this poem in any way to glorify God.
Happy Sunday Dear Ones:
Remember the words in Home on the Range, "where seldom was heard a discouraging word, and the skies were not cloudy all day". Scripture also encourages us to encourage each other. Hebrews 10:25 25not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Exhorting here is just another way of saying: encourage one another. Think about this for a few minutes. Do you go out of your way to encourage other believers? Because this verse is specifically referring to other believers, not the world, we should pay close attention to it. Other believers need encouragement I know this to be true because of the ministries the Lord has called me to. In the prayer ministries I oversee, both for His Will Ministry and for Global Prayer Warriors, I know the effect my encouragement has on the Prayer Warriors. A Prayer Ministry is a hidden calling; prayer warriors most often have little or no recognition or support in their calling. Often times it is just them, their computer, and many prayer requests, it is frequent that they become discouraged. When we become discouraged our enemy can get a foothold. We need other believers to say "Let us keep fighting the good fight and keep on going no matter what let's finish the race." So, I would like to encourage all of you to encourage other believers, we need each other especially as we see the Day approaching. God bless you and let us keep on going for Jesus.
Love you all,
With all my love and blessings.
Let me know your thoughts and ideas for future words of wisdom.