Matthew 1:20 Do Not Be Afraid

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit”. Matthew 1:20

There are times things happen that people do not fully understand. When times occur like that, many people are afraid, not knowing what to expect or fearing what could occur. As this occurs, people will often take sudden, extreme measures to get out of the situation or to deal with it. The do not always see the bigger picture, but quickly judge upon some few facts.

Mary and Joseph were engaged to be married. Suddenly she was found to be pregnant, so Joseph chose to break off the marriage. An angel comes to him and tells him to not be afraid, because this is from God’s doing.

God’s ways are often above the ways and thinking of man. From a temporary viewpoint, His ways do not always make sense. They can often appear dangerous or wrong. When seen that way, people are often afraid and try to take the situation into their own hands to deal with as Joseph did.

Before a believer should choose to take a situation into his own hands, he should seek God. He should try to find out what God is doing in the situation. As he finds out that it is God’s working in his life, he should no longer be afraid.

Ever since the beginning of time, God is telling His people to not be afraid. Believers are to trust God in every situation and not immediately take things into their own hands as the world does. As Joseph believed God, he was able to be a part of the salvation of all mankind.

As a believer, there may be times when God does something in your life that does not make sense or looks dangerous. First you must seek God to find out if it is from Him and then find out what your next step should be.

In all of this, never be afraid. Know and trust that God is in control of every situation in your life. Do not be like the world and try to take control in your own way. You don’t know, but maybe what is happening is God’s way to save a nation or world through you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God in every situation; that you will not be afraid, but trust God; and that God will use you in great ways.

Zechariah 12:5 Reason For Being Strong

Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.’ Zechariah 12:5

People find their strength in many different ways. Some are known to be strong in their ability to persuade others. Some are strong in their wealth or position.

Cities and nations often find their strength in their economy or their military. When the people are unified together, whether in a city, state or nation, they will usually be stronger. It is the common goal or view in some area that tends to make them stronger.

God talks of a future time when the people of Jerusalem will be strong. The reason given for why they will be strong is because they will allow God to be their God.

People in themselves are really often very weak. They give in to the pressure of those around them, wanting to please others, which gives the others more strength. It is in this way that many believers fall into sin, falling to the temptation to be like others.

When believers fall into sin, it breaks down their credibility and their witness. It is no longer God working in and through them, but they are trying to do things themselves on their own.

The difference is when a believer truly makes God his God, then he will have true strength and power to be God’s witness and turn away from sin. He will be able to stand up against the enemy and win the battles.

Believers who have allowed God to be their God, will be filled with His Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who will guide them and give them supernatural strength in the spiritual battles of this life.

You may find yourself struggling to win the battles against temptation to sin. The world is mounting attacks against you to break you down and destroy you, causing you to weaken and step into sin.

Although you may be there and are weak, you do not need to stay there. Turn to God and make Him your God. Allow God’s Spirit to guide and strengthen you to turn from sin and win the battles.

When God is your God, it is He who you allow to make all the choices and guide your steps. You will either serve the world and be weak, or serve God and be strong.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make God your God; that you will allow God to guide you; and that you will walk in God’s power and strength.

Zechariah 4:2 What Do You See?

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He asked me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps.” Zechariah 4:2 

Seeing things takes having open eyes and being willing to look around and be aware of what is going on. While many people have open eyes, most are not really aware of what is actually occurring. They only see the surface of things and take everything only at face value.

They do not see the motivation behind the actions or events and thus are often deceived. Eyes have been blinded to the long term effects of what is occurring.

An angel had woke Zechariah up and shown him some things. He asked Zechariah what he could see.

Every day God is doing things on this earth. Along with God, the devil is also doing things. Both are working with people to accomplish their individual and separate missions to destroy the other.

God is in the process of working to draw all men to Jesus in order to save them from their sins. In doing this, God allows events to happen in the lives of people that are meant to build them up and draw them closer to Him, making them more like Jesus.

However, often some of those events are troubling ones. People do not always see it as the hand of God moving in the situation. They do not see things working by His Holy Spirit,  but by the power of self and man.

The angel had to tell Zechariah the meaning of what he saw, which was God does things by His Spirit, not man’s ability or power.

Believers today need to have their spiritual eyes opened to see what God is doing and then to trust in God’s power and ability.

As you look around you, seek to see God’s hand at work. Understand and know that God is at work and in control. Let God work in your life.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to reveal to you what is really going on in the spiritual war all around you. Then seek God to guide you in how to respond and be a part of His great, eternal work here on this earth.

God is ready to show you what He is doing. Are you ready and will to open your eyes and see it?

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; that God will open your eyes to what the devil is doing; that you will trust in God’s power to work in your life; and that you will be a soldier in God’s mighty army. 

Micah 5:2 Small With A Big Impact

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But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. Micah 5:2 

Many people see themselves as small and insignificant. They do not see themselves as being able to contribute much of any value to anything. Having this type of mindset keeps most from trying to accomplish anything great. It becomes a discouragement and magnifies any failures along the way.

Some have learned to push back at small beginnings and do the work it takes to accomplish something big. The world, however, is doing all of this in their own self power.

Micah prophesies about Bethlehem that a great ruler would rise out of her. Bethlehem was seen as a small clan among Judah, but would have a large impact upon the world. This prophecy is about Jesus.

Years later Jesus did come in Bethlehem and became the greatest impact upon the entire world since His arrival.

Just as people in the world are small with very little impact at their beginning, so is every believer. In themselves, believers are just like the world, small and insignificant. However, every believer has something that the world does not have–God’s Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit can take someone who is nothing and transform him into something great. He can take someone with no abilities and use him to change nations. All a believer must do is be willing to listen to God’s Holy Spirit and do what He says.

As Jesus left the earth He told the disciples that all power and authority in heaven and earth has been given to them. This includes every believer today.

With God’s power and authority working in and through a person, he can impact the world.

You may not see yourself as some great or significant person. That is good, because as a believer you do need to be humble. However, with God’s Holy Spirit you can become great in His kingdom. You can be the one that may bring nations to God. You may be the one that is the catalyst to spark the next revival in your church, city, state, or nation.

Allow yourself to be used by God in any way He sees fit. Do what He says and walk in His power and strength and you will impact the world. Be His witness today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to work in and through you; that God will use you to reach the lost; and that God will use you to make an impact on this fallen world.