Be Anxious for Nothing
What a privilege it is to be a servant of Almighty God, the Living God,
and a channel through which His divine purpose flows.
You may be aware that the following passage of Scripture has appeared in
the last few writings on this web site1.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation
be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand [standing by, watching].
Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace
of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever
things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever
things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if
there be any praise, think on these things.
It has now become apparent that the subject matter as well as many of the
Scriptural references were not randomly chosen by this writer, but that
God the Holy Spirit has a divine reason for us and ours to know what that
purpose is and how to cope with the circumstances that shall surely come
to pass - maybe sooner than we think.
God cares for us, his people.
It all came together this morning while holding our worship service, and
it was realised that Almighty God is informing us of a coming event and
showing us the only Way to surmount it.
Historically, this is May 2011 and many scares have been bandied about
concerning a world-wide recession etc.
For example, the largest banking Institution in South Africa recently retrenched
some two thousand employees. A couple of days ago the largest motor manufacturer
in Japan announced a 70% drop in profits. A few months ago there was a
large earthquake and tsunami, with resultant nuclear meltdown, in Japan.
One of the largest tropical storms ever recorded hit the south eastern
seaboard of North America in the last few months.
The financial world is in turmoil.
If we believe that God is who He says He is, then surely these are
part of the beginning of sorrows that Jesus told us about in Matthew chapter
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In his book The Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson tells
us that while looking for the parents of a street gang member in New York,
this country Pastor rode into the big City and parked his car right outside
the apartment building where these people lived.
Coincidences don't happen to reborn Christians, firstly because they happen
too regularly and secondly God the Holy Spirit announces His Presence on
these occasions and you know. The Living God is with you and in
I started reading David Wilkerson's book God's plan to protect His people
in the coming depression yesterday (Saturday)
afternoon. This was the trigger that caused this writing, and while not
wanting to be a doomsday preacher, the Holy Spirit needs to be obeyed.
The key phrase in the book that started it all was "the people stopped
They had to because they ran out of money.
Most of the concern in the correspondence to Mr Wilkerson from professing
Christians concerned how they could survive the coming storm - storing
food and fuel to see them through.
Satan's kingdom is run on human greed. "I want," and fear of the unknown.
Like a car that runs out of petrol and coasts to a stop, the increasing
turnover of money keeps the economies of the world afloat. When the people
stop spending, for whatever reason, the giant house of cards comes crashing
Unlike the last depression, the people are encouraged to spend money before
they have earned it, governments have become rapacious, and this time around
the whole world shall be more directly affected, not only the more affluent
Then will a "Saviour" arise. . . . whose efforts shall guide the people
along the broad way to human and spiritual destruction.
We, God's servants, must separate ourselves spiritually from those in the
world, knowing that God can do anything [Numbers 16]. He is
omnipotent. He does love us with an everlasting love, and what He
does in the short-term, He does for our eternal benefit.
Some of you older South Africans might have heard of a South African author
by the name of Lawrence Green. Over a period of many years he wrote of
historical happenings in and around Africa, mainly South Africa and usually
of the Cape, Cape Town and things related to the sea. All his books are
now Africana. He was not a Christian, but here is an extract from his book
Eight Bells at Salamander:
One day in 1926 the Union Castle freighter Ripley Castle steamed in
from the United States. As a waterfront reporter I went on board hopefully
to find out whether anything had happened during the long, hot run. "There's
a trimmer named Tony Madison who might tell you a story," remarked the
chief officer, Mister John Crombie Brown.
Tony Madison, I found, was a thirty-five year old American of some education
who had never worked at sea before signing on aboard the Ripley Castle
in Philadelphia. In the tropics, he told me, the work in the stokehold
became unbearable for a new hand. The "black gang" staggered about half-naked,
almost blinded by the flames licking out of the glowing furnace doors.
Sweat ran hot on their necks and arms and trickled into their boots. Even
the old hands cursed between the clanging of shovels and grinding of barrow-loads
of coal from the bunkers.
It was like that one Sunday night just after the Ripley Castle had crossed
the equator. The ship was steaming at 10 knots with a gentle following
breeze, which meant no air at all down below. Eight bells sounded midnight,
and Tony Madison tumbled out of his bunk in the fo'c'stle, grabbed a piece
of ship's biscuit, swigged a cup of water, and stumbled away over the dark
well-deck up the ladder, along the deck to the "fiddley" and down to the
Ventilators and wind bags were useless that night. The firemen were
roasted alive, but steam-pressure had to be maintained, the relentless
fires had to be fed. Cleaning the furnaces was agony, for when the red-hot
coals came tumbling out they had to be sluiced with water, and that filled
the stokehold with steam.
At last the strain became too great for Tony Madison. The leading fireman
saw that he was fainting and ordered him up on deck for a breath of air
so that he might recover his strength and carry on down below during the
rest of the watch. Half dazed, with head swimming and eyes aching, Madison
crawled up the steel ladder.
"I caught a glimpse of the stars --- and then the sea closed over my
head," Madison told me. "It seems that in my half-conscious state I must
have staggered to the side and slipped between the rails into the South
Atlantic. As I came to the surface I heard a tremendous noise of foaming
water, and saw the creamy wash of the propeller only a few feet away. I
cannot imagine why I was not sucked in and cut to pieces."
The shock roused Madison and he shouted wildly. But the lights of the
ship were moving steadily away, and he realised that there would be very
few hands on deck in the small hours of the morning; just the lookout on
the fo'c'stle and one or two men with the officer of the watch on the bridge.
Madison made up his mind that he would keep afloat until he was worn
out. The water was warm enough. He struggled out of his boots and trousers
and swam slowly in the wake of the ship. It was calm, with only a long
swell moving the surface. Each time he came to the top of the swell he
could see the lights of the Ripley Castle moving steadily southwards. No
one had heard him.
" I was almost certain that I was doomed, but I plodded along after
the ship with a slow breaststroke," Madison went on. " One faint hope kept
me going --- that I would be missed in the stokehold and that someone would
search for me and raise the alarm. I did not see any visions of my past
rising before me; that comes later, I believe, when you are half-drowned.
As a matter of fact I did not do much thinking. I just concentrated on
keeping in the wake of the ship so that if she did put back to look for
me I would be there."
Madison's thoughts were beginning to wander when he was brought back
to reality by a sharp pain in the hip, followed by a stab in the calf of
the left leg. He grabbed at his calf and his hand closed over a large fish.
The thought of sharks had occurred to him, and he felt relieved. Then he
realised that a shoal of voracious fish might be dangerous, and he felt
sorry that he had kicked off his trousers.
Seabirds fluttered down close to his head, and Madison thought they
might try to pick his eyes out. He had not seen the lights of the ship
for some time, but at that moment the swell lifted him and he saw them
clearly. "That's the last I shall ever see of the Ripley Castle," he told
himself. But he kept on swimming.
Meanwhile the end of the watch came on board the Ripley Castle, and
one of the firemen pointed out that Madison had never returned to duty.
By that time Madison had been in the water for forty-five minutes. When
the report reached the captain, he swung the ship round dead in her track
and steamed back at full speed.
Madison never knew how they found him. He was growing exhausted and
sleepy when suddenly he noticed something red --- a steamer's port light
--- right alongside him. He called, with the last of his strength, and
saw a lifeboat being lowered. They dragged him over the side of the boat,
and he went to sleep at once.
That was Madison's tale, confirmed by Captain Sinclair, master of the
Ripley Castle, and Mr John Crombie Brown, chief officer. For years I remembered
that story when other vivid tales, heard along the waterfront, had passed
out of my mind. I never really understood how Tony Madison had been found,
at night, in the wide South Atlantic, one and a half hours after falling
More than twenty years afterwards I went on board the mail ship Pretoria
Castle to talk to Captain John Crombie Brown, commodore of the Union-Castle
fleet and soon to retire from the sea. Captain Brown was known to his crews
as "Eternity" Brown, for he held Bible classes in his cabin for all who
cared to attend. I knew that Captain Brown had been round the world in
sail and had served through two world wars. He must have had many escapes
and adventures; but I was not prepared for the answer he gave me when I
asked him to recall the most desperate episode of his sea career.
"It was that affair of Tony Madison," declared Captain Brown. "I felt
conscience-stricken about Madison. This is not the story you heard at the
time --- it is a much stranger story. You see, Madison had been to me the
day before he fell overboard and asked me how he could make his peace with
God. I was thinking about my own problems at the time, and I told Madison
to call later. When I heard he was missing I felt guilty. He would probably
be drowned, and I had not told him.
" So I prayed that I might be given the chance of speaking to Madison
again. I asked God to save Tony Madison from the sharks. Then I posted
men all along the rails with orders to listen carefully for a shout.
"The ship came back to the position where Madison had gone overboard.
I strained my ears and heard the faintest cry, so faint that I wondered
whether I was imagining it. Fortunately another man had heard it, too.
So I took charge of the lifeboat. As the men pulled away from the ship's
side I had to make up my mind which way to steer. Where was the man? I
believe that God would answer my prayer, and I steered at random into the
darkness. There was dead silence as I shouted: 'Madison ahoy!' Then I shone
my torch and saw Madison's head close to the boat. We had him --- after
he had been in the water for ninety minutes. My prayer had been answered."
Mr Green also explained that this sort of thing had happened more than
once that he knew of.
I read of this episode last night (Saturday)
before going to sleep.
On thisSunday morning in
our worship service we listened to a teaching from a series, of the presence
of Jesus Christ in the Old Covenant; by a reborn Christian Pastor who is
also a Jew.
The teaching concerned Abram and Sarai, but whose names were changed by
God to Abraham and Sarah after meeting Jehovah.
Abraham believed God.
He was God's friend.
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Here are a few relevant passages of Scripture to help you on your Way in
the dark worldly days that are on the horizon:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Stand in the gate
of the LORD'S house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word
of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship
the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways
and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Trust ye
not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD,
The temple of the LORD, are these. For if ye throughly amend your
ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and
his neighbour; If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and
the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after
other gods to your hurt: Then will I cause you to dwell in this place,
in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever. Behold, ye
trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Will ye steal, murder, and commit
adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after
other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before me in this house,
which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?
Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your
eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man
came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they
brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory,
and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:
his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the
visions of my head troubled me. I came near unto one of them that stood
by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know
the interpretation of the things. These great beasts, which are four, are
four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of
the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever,
even for ever and ever.
I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against
them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints
of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,
which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth,
and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out
of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another
shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall
subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most
High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change
times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and
times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall
take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the
whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High,
whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall
serve and obey him.
Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall
stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. And in the latter time
of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of
fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And
his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy
wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty
and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to
prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart,
and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince
of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. And the vision of the
evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou
up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted,
and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's
business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud,
yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh
shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither
root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness
arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as
calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall
be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this,
saith the LORD of hosts.
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in
Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I
will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful
day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the
earth with a curse.
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites
are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the
corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto
you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy
closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in
secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for
they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye
therefore like unto them: for
your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which
art in heaven, Hallowed be
thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it
is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our
debts, as we forgive our debtors. And
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the
kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where
moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But
lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For
where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the
body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall
be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full
of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great
is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will
hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and
shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and
James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these
things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall
And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed
lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying,
I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars
and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs
be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against
nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in
divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are
the beginnings of sorrows. But take heed to yourselves: for they shall
deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and
ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony
against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought
beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever
shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak,
but the Holy Ghost.
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should
come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God
cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there!
for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against
nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in
divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great
signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, they shall lay
their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up
to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers
for my name's sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it
therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall
not be able to gainsay nor resist. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents,
and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall
they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men
for my name's sake. But there
shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon,
and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;
the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and
for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers
of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming
in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come
to pass, then look up, and
lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall
not pass away. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts
be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life,
and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it
come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch
ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape
all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye
might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good
cheer; I have overcome the
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only
so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation
worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope
maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts
by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians
which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our
prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of
love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God
and our Father; Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. For our
gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy
Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among
you for your sake.
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word
in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples
to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the
word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place
your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any
thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had
unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true
God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead,
even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
(1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men
shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection,
trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those
that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than
lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:
from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses,
and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now
as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth:
men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed
no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith,
longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came
unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured:
but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will
live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers
shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue
thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing
of whom thou hast learned them;
(2 Timothy 3:1-14)
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing
this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience
have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting
nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to
all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But
let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is
like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that
man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded
man is unstable in all his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice
in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as
the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen
with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof
falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the
rich man fade away in his ways. Blessed is the man that endureth
temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which
the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot
be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted,
when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath
conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth
forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every
perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will
begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits
of his creatures.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to
speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness
The disciple is not above his master, nor
the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as
his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master
of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his
household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that
shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you
in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear,
that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill
the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which
is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold
for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your
Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore,
ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess
me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my
Father which is in heaven.
You might have noticed that there are line breaks in some of the passages;
let me assure you that this is not of this writer's doing. Hallelujah!
All these writings, and the very word of God itself, is like the little
paper that comes in the box of medicine that we get at the chemist (drug
store). It tells us of the medicine's healing power, how to administer
it, and warns of the side effects: but we each have to decide whether the
medicine will make us well; and we must then decide to take it. We must
take that medicine if we believe that it shall make us well. The wellness
potential lies in the medicine, not the paper.
Go back and read the first passage of Scripture in this dissertation; Philippians
4:4-8. Now open your Bible and read verse 9.
Dear brother and sister, is God our Shepherd, do you allow Him to lead
you, or is He merely David's?
*A Psalm of David.* The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He
maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still
waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow
of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and
thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence
of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and
I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Natural man's body is powered by his blood; and natural (physical) forces
rule his life.
In the world system the body rules the spirit as a result of Adam's sin.
In God's Kingdom the Spirit rules the body.
Jesus of Nazareth was a Spirit in a man's body. The Holy Spirit is in a
reborn Christian's body, working for God if so allowed by that person.
Followers of God are Spiritually empowered (Nu 16:20-22).
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits
of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came
also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ
the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom
to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority
and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
(1 Corinthians 15:19-26)
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory
that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh
the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
(1 John 5:4-5)
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you,
and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and
from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And
from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first
begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto
him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be
glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he cometh with clouds;
and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and
all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
As you see, Jesus has taken the power of death away from the God of this
You are redeemed in His name. "Terms and conditions apply" (De 18:15-22).
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love,
and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of
our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions
of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called
us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according
to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before
the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour
Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality
to light through the gospel:
(2 Timothy 1:7-10)
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this
is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that
believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record
that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to
us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath
life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things
have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that
ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name
of the Son of God.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing
according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever
we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
(1 John 5:9-15)
Let us therefore go about our Father's business in the Power of God the
Holy Spirit within us and leave the rest to Him.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh
for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we
look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not
seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things
which are not seen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:17-18)