August 21, 2018: SOAP #3183:  Jeremiah 21, 24, 27; Psalm 118; 1John 2 Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 118:6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? 7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies. Observation:   Here is a […]

August 21, 2018: SOAP #3183:  Jeremiah 21, 24, 27; Psalm 118; 1John 2

Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 118:6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? 7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies.

Observation:   Here is a simple truth around which the psalmist lived his life.   God was with him.   It was not complicated.   It was very logical.   If God is who He says He is.   If God can do what God does.   If God is omnipotent (all-powerful) and omniscient (all-knowing), if God is with him, what does he have to fear.

This was the psalmist way of saying Romans 8:28. 'And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.'

Fear is a form of worship.   When we fear man, we are giving to man what we should be giving to God.   The fear of God removes the fear of man.   A person who has Jesus living in their lives and yet fears man, does not yet realize what an awesome God lives within them!

Application:   If it is true that God works all things together for my good, what do I have to fear?   Like Joseph, even the bad intentions of others worked out for his good and through him for the good of others!   (Genesis 50:16-21).

Prayer:      Heavenly Father, you are the same today as in the days of Joseph and King David.   As in the 23rd Psalm, 'I will fear no evil for thou art with me!'   Amen

Pastor Leon
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