God is For You

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”  
“Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?”
Romans 8:31b NASB, AMP 

 

From God’s Heart:

I am for you, not against you. And with Me for you, what does it matter if someone is against you? So what?

Who can be against you? This is one sense of that truth: who? who that means anything or matters in any way? Who? If I am for you and leading you and you are following Me in obedience, what does it matter if someone doesn’t agree with you or even openly opposes you?

“The Lord is for me; I will not fear;
What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6

Having this “so what?” attitude and settled-ness of mind and spirit will so free up My people – free them to follow Me fully and to do My will in the midst of this “perverse generation” (Acts 2:40).

“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.” Proverbs 29:25 AMP

Come. Be My disciple. Deny yourself (your reputation), take up your cross (be misunderstood, rejected, and even hated because of My name- Matt. 10:22), and follow Me (which is truly your heart’s desire and delight) -Matthew 16:24. 

Just follow. Be Spirit-led. And trust Me with any and all outcomes (the good and the bad). It’s all okay as you obey My voice. Be true to My Word and find your firm footing (Psalm 143:10 NLT). All else is shifting sand, and you see it shifting quite quickly, don’t you? My Word will remain. It endures forever (1 Peter 1:25). Be diligent, that you may handle the Word accurately (2 Tim. 2:15). It’s not a “hard” instruction. Instead, it is very centering and rewarding as you hone into your purpose: to know Me deeper and walk in a newness of life, in a manner worthy of your calling. This obedience is not a heavy load of bondage; it is a freeing abundance of life. Choose life: love Me, obey My voice, and cling to Me (Deut. 30:19,20). It’s all that simple. Simply simple. Don’t overcomplicate it. Just follow Me.

 

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 NASB

“Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing (rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 AMP

 

Friends, this assignment from 2 Timothy is going to take some work and a plan. How will you plan to do this in the new year? How will you make sure it’s in your year’s goals? May we accurately handle the word of truth, knowing that God Himself is for us. And knowing that this is the most important thing – God With Us, Immanuel, and for us – so that we are not tossed here and there by anyone who comes against us or disagrees with us or is offended. May we know the truth, contend earnestly for it (Jude 1:3), and walk in courage and boldness in the Holy Spirit as we “go and make disciples…teaching them to observe all” that He has commanded (Matt. 28:19, 20). May we be compelled forth by Paul’s testimony: “…I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God” (Acts 20:26,27).

“…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 – This truth is the difference maker.

“The Lord is for me; I will not fear;
What can man do to me?
The Lord is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. 
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in man.” Psalm 118:6-8
“In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:11

“When I am afraid,
I will put my trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise, 
In God have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
What can mere man do to me?
All day long they distort my words;
All their thoughts are against me for evil.
They attack, they lurk
They watch my steps,
As they have waited to take my life.” Psalm 56:3-6

 

Prayer: “Oh Lord, let me fear You and fear no man!”

This simple prayer and living in its answer would fix so much in our lives. It really would.

Let us today choose whom we will serve (Joshua 24:15). 

Whom will you bow to?

 

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