Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Matthew 28: Don't Be Afraid

Good evening, ladies and welcome to the last chapter of the gospel of Matthew. Before you start reading tonight, let me warn you that you might need a large cup of tea or coffee to keep you going because this is a really long post compared with normal!!! Well done to all of you who are trying to keep up. I know it isn't always easy to get time or peace to get into the Word of God and to pray especially if you have little ones to look after or elderly relatives to take care of or other time-consuming commitments, but the Lord takes note of the effort you make to get to know Him better and He will bless you abundantly for this. Always remember that time spent with Him is never wasted time!
I would also like to welcome our newest follower, Angelica, and I hope that you receive a blessing from the Lord as you visit this blog.
Before we look at our chapter tonight, I'd like to give you an update on what Courtney at Good Morning Girls has planned for the next few months. Click HERE to see what she says. I know I told you already that we are going to be looking at Leviticus next and I'm afraid that some of you will be scared off by this deep and difficult book but there's hope because after we finish it, we will be delving into Proverbs and the Song of Solomon, so that's the motivation. Here's what Courtney said about Leviticus:

"I know this is one of the least popular books of the Bible. Reading the Ceremonial, Civil and Moral Law is not an easy read.  But you are intelligent women – and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we are capable of reading and wrestling through God’s Word.
You are not walking this road alone – the Good Morning Girls community is a vibrant group of women who are serious about walking with God everyday. We will read one chapter a day through the book of Leviticus.  It will take us 5 1/2 weeks to complete this book."
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, came to see the tomb where Jesus' body had lain. The soldiers who had been sent to guard the tomb in case anyone tried to steal the body were terrified when they saw an angel sitting on the stone and they passed out. There was no one to help or comfort them. But this same angel brought words of comfort, joy and peace to the hearts of the two Marys - he told them not to be afraid. There was good news and something wonderful for them to rejoice in. The Lord Jesus Christ had indeed risen from the dead, just as He had promised He would. Everything He had told the disciples would happen, did happen. In the same way today, for us, if God says in His Word that something is going to happen, we can be sure it will. This is why His promises are so wonderful to cling to. God does not, and even CANNOT, lie so if He says it, He means it.

Soon after the angel had spoken to the women the Lord Jesus Christ Himself met them as they went to tell the disciples the good news of the resurrection. He also told them not to be afraid. As Christians, we have nothing to fear anymore. Jesus has conquered Satan, sin and even death, through His bodily resurrection. The things the most people are afraid of, and probably things that would have also caused us fear before we were redeemed, should no longer have any hold over us. For the Christian man or woman, death is to be looked on positively because it is just a matter of crossing over the Jordan from this world of sin into the welcoming and loving arms of a Saviour who gave His all to bring us to Himself.

What are you afraid of tonight, dear sister-in-Christ? The Lord doesn't want you live in fear. He wants you to know peace and joy in your life, He wants you to know that He loves you and will comfort you in His everlasting arms. In the midst of whatever storm you are passing through, remember that He is in the vessel with you and as soon as it is His perfect timing, He will calm the storm. Read Psalm 56:3, this verse should help you, whatever you are afraid of.

I got this on Pinterest and thought it was excellent and wanted to share it with you.The little visual story is about the Christian having to bear their cross for the Lord and how He makes a way out for us. It also teaches that God knows the way ahead when we don't and that there is a reason for EVERYTHING!!
Sometimes we complain about the cross we bear, not realizing that it’s preparing us for the dip in the road that God can see and we cannot…This is eye opening!

Read carefully the encouraging words of this blessed  and very well-known hymn by John Newton:

  1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found;
    Was blind, but now I see.
  2. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved;
    How precious did that grace appear
    The hour I first believed.
  3. Through many dangers, toils and snares,
    I have already come;
    ’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.
  4. The Lord has promised good to me,
    His Word my hope secures;
    He will my Shield and Portion be,
    As long as life endures.
  5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
    And mortal life shall cease,
    I shall possess, within the veil,
    A life of joy and peace.
  6. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
    The sun forbear to shine;
    But God, who called me here below,
    Will be forever mine.
  7. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun,
    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
    Than when we’d first begun.

Prayer matters:

  • Pray that the Lord will give you a peace in your heart, knowing that He has conquered sin, the devil and even death. What need is there to be afraid when you are in His hands?
  • Pray that He will comfort you and that you will always come to Him with your fears and lay them before Him. He can help you like no one else can.
Hugs, Karen x

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