Rooted Verse #3:
“… say to those with fearful hearts –
Be strong, do not fear; your God will come,
He will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution He will come to save you.”
I picked this verse last week because I realized that I feared God. And not a healthy fear of the Lord, but a paralyzing doubting fear that He is not good and that He doesn’t want good things for me.
I was recently released from something that held me in bondage for five years. And while the freedom feels amazing, after being bound to something for that long… I have a tendency to question and doubt, “Is this freedom really real? Or will it just come back into my life and hold me captive again? I don’t deserve this freedom. I don’t deserve these good gifts. God isn’t powerful and loving enough to protect and keep me from this.”
But the truth is, I am free.
The truth is, God is good.
The truth is, God is powerful.
The truth is, God is loving.
The truth is, He delights in giving His children good things.
The truth is, I don’t deserve those good things, and yet, nothing does He withhold from those He loves.
The truth is, Jesus’ blood breaks our chains.
The truth is, Jesus’ blood sets us free from our bondage.
And the reality is, the devil loves to speak lies into our life that paralyze us from living. And that’s exactly what’s been happening to me. Which is why I wrote my last blog about “The Lies We Speak.”
But I forget that the bible says that God is coming. He is coming with a vengeance to save. He is a protective, loving Father. He does not seek evil for His children. He longs to give good gifts filled with joyful blessings to His children. And these fears and doubts that the devil is trying to prey on are just that: lies of the devil to derail me and paralyze me.
And while the devil says God will destroy… It is actually the oppressor who is bent on destruction. Whereas Truth says God saves. Truth says I have nothing to fear, especially when it comes to man.
“I, even I, am He who comforts you.
Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
human beings who are but grass,
that you forget the Lord your Maker,
who stretches out the heavens
and who lays the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terror every day
because of the wrath of the oppressor,
who is bent on destruction?”
- Is Almighty next to blades of grass [humans]
- Stretches out the Heavens
- Lays the foundations of the earth
- Has covered me with the shadow of His hand
The enemy causes me to:
- Fear mere mortals
- Fear human beings who are but grass in God’s sight
- Forget the Lord my Maker
- Live in constant terror every day
- Live in constant terror of the wrath of the oppressor [the oppressor who is bent on destruction]
The enemy is very real. But so is God. The enemy might wins some battles… but God wins the war. And the war is already won.
Rooted Verse #4:
“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”