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.

Zephaniah 3:12 The Remnant Will Trust God

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But I will leave within you the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord. Zephaniah 3:12 

In every battle or war, there are some that survive the battle after the attack. While there are many who will surrender to the enemy and no longer fight, there are always some who will not surrender. They will hold on to what they believe and never give up. They will trust that in the end they will win the war.

Most of those who hold on like this are doing it out of extreme pride, both national and self pride. They feel as though they cannot surrender for anything.

God tells Zephaniah that as He strikes Israel to punish them, He will leave a remnant behind. This remnant will be meek and humble, but will also trust God for everything.

Most people feel that they can and must fight their own battles on their own, without any help. It is all about their own pride that they can do it without help. To ask for or rely upon help is seen as a weakness. They do not want to ever be seen as if they cannot take care of themselves.

Believers are to have a different view than that of the world. They are to be meek and humble, realizing that they cannot do anything upon their own abilities. They have to place all of their trust upon the Lord.

While believers must be meek and humble and trusting in God, many within the church are not this way. Many in the church have the same mindset as that of the world and try to do everything without God.

There is a remnant in the church who do fully trust God. These few do not try to take the limelight and do things on their own.

In your own life, you must choose who you will trust or what you will trust in. It is either you trust in God or you trust yourself and this world. There is no middle ground. God will spit out all who are in the middle.

Humble yourself before God, knowing that you cannot do it without Him. Then, as part of the remnant, the few, trust God to work in and through you. Trust God’s power and abilities. Trust God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide you and give you what you need to win the war in the end.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a part of God’s remnant few on this earth; that you will trust wholly in God’s words, power and abilities; and that you will be a part of God’s conquering army. 

Jonah 4:4 Is It Right For You To Be Angry?

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But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Jonah 4:4 

Anger is something that is seen everywhere a person goes. No matter where one goes, there appears to be someone angry about something. While most of the time it is silent angry, with just a look on the face and no real action, there is still anger.

People are angry about how slow someone is driving, or how long the checkout line is, the sudden change in weather, what is being said in the news, or some other reason. Most often anger is because someone is not getting their way in some situation.

Once Jonah had preached to the people of Nineveh, the people had repented and God had relented on destroying the city. As this occurred Jonah was very angry with God. God asked Jonah if it was right for Jonah to be angry.

As said, most people get angry about something because it did not go their way. They wanted or expected things to go a certain way and they did not, so they get upset and angry.

It is common for people, including believers, to get angry with God, because God did not act or do something they way that they had desired and prayed for. They had in their mind the way it should be handled and God did it differently.

There have been many people who have walked away from God and quit serving Him because He did not do something the way they desired. The reasons can be many, such as someone was not healed, someone died, a provision was not made in a certain way, or some other reason.

For the believer to be angry with God is to be selfish and refusing to believe God is in control. When things do not go a certain way or as expected, the believer must trust God knows what is going on and is still in control, rather than get angry. See the situation through God’s eyes.

In your life there will be times when God will not act in just the way you think He should. Do not get angry with God. Ask God to reveal to you why His way is the better way. See the situation through His eyes of perfect love and perfection.

God sees the bigger picture and His goal is one of eternity, not just the temporary. Trust God, rather than get angry, which can lead to sin.

I pray today that you will trust God is in control; that you will trust God knows what is best for every situation; that you will know God’s great love; and that you will not get angry with God’s choices in your life. 

Daniel 10:12 Waiting For An Answer

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Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. Daniel 10:12 

Waiting for an answer can try a person’s patience sometimes. People make a phone call to a company and may sit on hold waiting to get an answer for an hour. Many will give up waiting for that answer and try to get an answer some other way.

In today’s society people want answers immediately in the Google fashion. They want to be able to type in a question and within seconds get a million possible answers.

Daniel had had a vision and wanted to know what it meant. He immediately began to fast and pray for an answer. On day 24 was when he got his answer from an angel. The process to give Daniel answer was started upon his first request.

Just as people desire an immediate answer in this world, believers often want immediate answers from God. There is a battle going on in the spiritual realm that God and His angels are fighting. As they are fighting this battle it may take some time to answer a prayer.

Daniel did not give up waiting on God for an answer. He did not seek out alternate sources for an answer, but only waited for God’s answer. Daniel also humbled himself and prayed for the answer.

Believers today need to be willing to humble themselves and begin praying and seeking God for answers in this life. As they do this, they must also wait for His answer. God will always answer, though it may not always be immediately. It will always be in His perfect timing.

You may be seeking an answer from God. Do not give up waiting for God to answer. Keep seeking and listening to His voice and waiting for His perfect answer in the perfect time.

There can be a thousand reasons why God does not answer immediately. Michael was detained by others to keep him from answering Daniel’s prayer. Others may be detaining the angel or one to answer your prayer.

Keep yourself humble and waiting upon God for His answer. Trust in God’s perfect timing and direction for everything in your life. God will never fail you. God will not ignore you when you are humble before Him and put Him first.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God to answer your questions of understanding; that you will wait patiently and humbly for God’s answer; and that God will give you full understanding. 

Ezekiel 8:5 Idols Of Jealousy

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Then he said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked, and in the entrance north of the gate of the altar I saw this idol of jealousy. Ezekiel 8:5 

Jealousy is the extreme desire to have what someone else has. It is being upset that the other person has it and one does not have it.

Jealousy can be found nearly everywhere in society and is promoted as a good thing. It is based upon self and greed. One cannot have enough and it is looked at as bad if someone else has more.

God had Ezekiel look at the temple place. As he looked in, he saw an idol of jealousy at the opening gate of the temple. The people of Israel had been worshipping jealousy and promoting it as a good thing.

The church still has the same problem with worshipping jealousy. People inside the church are often as jealous as those in the world.

Talk is often heard of people complaining that some people have billions of dollars, while they are fighting to make a living off of a few thousand dollars. People are jealous of others driving new fancy cars, while they drive an older car that they don’t know if it will even start today.

All jealousy comes down to greed, pride and self. It is all about what self does not have and wants.

Believers are to be content with what God has blessed them with. They are to trust that God is giving them just what they need, nothing more and nothing less. They are to trust God for everything that they need.

When the believer’s eyes are turned towards God for provision and blessing, the eyes of jealousy will be closed. It will then be a blessing to see someone who has more, not a curse.

There are things that others have that you would love to have. Do not allow yourself to be jealous and fight for what God has chosen not to give you or allow you to have. God is the only one who has a right to be jealous, because He owns it all and it belongs to Him.

Rather than bowing to worship jealousy, give praise that God has blessed someone else with what you see as a blessing. You are to be filled with God’s love for other people, which is never jealous.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will see God’s blessings in your life; that you will be content with what God has given you; and that you will praise God for the blessings others have.