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Fear Him - Matthew 10:28-31

"Don't be afraid of people. They can only kill the body. They cannot kill the soul. The only one you should fear is the One (God) that can destroy the body and the soul. He can send the body and the soul to hell. When birds are sold, two small birds cost only a penny. But not even one of those little birds can die without your Father knowing it. God even knows how many hairs are on your head. So don't be afraid. You are worth much more than many birds." (ERV) Full Text

Key Thought

Don't fear people. The only thing they can take from us is our physical life. Instead, God will judge and he can take from us our eternal life. But then God has no desire to condemn. His desire is to redeem and save. If he knows each sparrow and each hair on our heads, don't you know that he cares for us! So he is not going to let the Evil One snatch us from his love or grace. A persecutor can take our physical lives, but he cannot strip from us our relationship with God our Father! While a persecutor and reviler might shake our confidence and hope momentarily, they cannot steal from us our faith. Our faith is in God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ whom he raised from the dead! Since our lives are tied to Jesus, then our future is tied to the resurrected Lord as well!


Today's Prayer

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Holy God, give me eyes to see what is important and a faithful heart to do it. I want you to be honored in my life. You alone are worthy of my commitment, my service and my physical life. You alone can preserve my life for eternity. So in you I rest my hope and commit my heart. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.


Today's Verses in Context


"So don't be afraid of those people. Everything that is hidden will be shown. Everything that is secret will be made known. I tell you these things in the dark (secretly). But I want you to tell these things in the light. I speak these things quietly and only to you. But you should tell these things freely to all people. Don't be afraid of people. They can only kill the body. They cannot kill the soul. The only one you should fear is the One (God) that can destroy the body and the soul. He can send the body and the soul to hell. When birds are sold, two small birds cost only a penny. But not even one of those little birds can die without your Father knowing it. God even knows how many hairs are on your head. So don't be afraid. You are worth much more than many birds. "When a person stands before other people and says he believes in me, then I will say that person belongs to me. I will say this before my Father in heaven. But when a person stands before people and says he does not believe in me, then I will say that person does not belong to me. I will say this before my Father in heaven. "Don't think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace. I came to bring a sword. I have come to make this happen: 'The people in a person's own family will be his enemies. A son will be against his father. A daughter will be against her mother. A daughter-in-law will be against her mother-in-law.' "Any person that loves his father or mother more than he loves me is not good enough to follow me. Any person who loves his son or daughter more than he loves me is not good enough to follow me. If a person will not accept the cross (suffering) that will be given to him when he follows me, then that person is not good enough for me. Any person that loves his life {more than he loves me} will lose true life. Any person that gives up his life for me will find true life. The person that accepts you also accepts me. And the person that accepts me also acceptsthe One (God) that sent me. Any person that meets a prophet and accepts him will get the same reward a prophet gets. And any person that accepts a good man because that man is good will get the same reward a good man gets. If any person helps one of these little ones because they are my followers, then that person will truly get his reward. That person will get his reward even if he only gave my follower a cup of cold water."

Matthew 10:26-42 (ERV)

 



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365 Devotionals from the Gospel of Matthew

By Phil Ware

Join the author of the Gospel of Matthew in God With Us, a devotional that will immerse you in exploring the glories of Immanuel. The book uses one short passage each day and follows the Gospel text from beginning to end. Each day's passage is followed by a brief Reflection to open up the day's Scripture and a Prayer to show how the verses challenge you to live for Jesus.


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