A Sign

Please read Philippians 1:27-28

In Phlippians 1:27 Paul admonished the believers to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the Good News, and to stand together as one for the faith. He longed to visit the brothers in Corinth just as we long to see each other when it’s been a while. But Paul’s main concern was to hear that they were standing as one in spirit and as one mind in the faith.

In Philippians 1:28 the Holy Spirit said through the apostle Paul that in no way should we be terrified by those who oppose us. This serves as a sign to them of their impending destruction. And it’s a sign for us that we will be saved by God. This is also conducting ourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News. Courage is the ability to disregard fear. Having courage doesn’t mean we never experience fear. It means we have the God given ability to pay no attention to it, and discard it. (1 Corinthians 16:13 Philippians 1:20) When we fear the Lord and not men God uses our courage in remarkable ways. This is his will.

Please read Proverbs 29:25

God says fear of man is a trap. Who wants to be captured unawares in a snare like an animal? No one. But that’s what happens when we fear men instead of God. Our Father doesn’t want this for his children. Jesus came to set us free. (John 8:31-32 36) Let’s boldly follow his teachings. He promises to be with us to the very end. (Matthew 28:18-20)

Please read Matthew 10:28-31

Jesus commands us not to be afraid of those who can kill the body but can do nothing to the real you and me: our soul. Our bodies are temporary earthly tents. We long for an eternal house in heaven. (2 Corinthians 5:1-5) If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground apart from our Father’s will, what about you and I who are worth more than many sparrows? (Psalm 145:20) Encourage each other with these words.

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