Brothers and Sisters.
On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit gifted the Church – the people of God.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, forthe LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”Deuteronomy 31:6
The God of Israel challenged His people to be strong and very courageous, but He also entreated them never to fear or to tremble with fright and reassured them that He would be with them always, to lead and to comfort, to support and help them, no matter where they went or what they did.
This is the same God Who reassures us that His grace is sufficient in every life-situation that we may meet.Jesus told his followers: “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.”Fearing God is trusting him. What can man do to you? The Lord is your protector and your strength.
Today Christians and many others in the world are being persecuted. All over the world, persecution will likely rise if Christians don’t stand up and act like Christians. But even if persecution comes, there is simply nothing to fear.
The sovereign God of the universe says so. This same God has equipped us with His indwelling Holy Spirit, who is there to lead and to guide, to support and to help. And just as He did with His people Israel, He has challenged us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His mighty strength. What greater reassurance could the Lord offer to those that have placed their trust in Him? God is faithful. If you are seeking him and his righteousness, abiding in him, doing his will, then no matter what, he will never forsake you.
Thank You loving Father that You never change. Help me to abide in Christ knowing that His grace is sufficient for every challenge in life, and may I learn the lessons you desire to teach me, so that I may mature in the faith, by trusting Your word and obeying Your commands. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.