updated 7-12-20 This message seems so appropriate at this time.
from Jesus Always by Sarah Young June 30 devotion
Trust Me and don't be afraid. Do not be frightened by World events or news reports. These reports are biased- presented as if I do not exist. News clips show tiny bits of world events from which the most important factor has been carefully removed: My Presence in the World. As journalists sift through massive amounts of information, they strain out everything about Me and what I am accomplishing on the Earth.
Whenever your world is feeling like a scary place, turn to Me and encourage yourself in My Presence. Follow the example of David, who strengthened Himself in the Lord when his men were threatening to stone him. You also can find courage through remembering who I Am. Ponder My awesome Glory and Power; delight in My unfailing Love. Rejoice that you are on an adventurous journey with Me and your ultimate destination is heaven. As you keep focusing on Me and enjoying the rich relationship I offer you, fear will subside and Joy will rise up within you. Trust in Me wholeheartedly, beloved, for I am your strength and your song.
Isa 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”
Ex 33:14 And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
I Sam 30:6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
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Scriptures to maintain our FAITH
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Fear of dying is the number one universal fear for human beings. Virtually every fear has a relationship to death and a connection to dying. For example, why are we afraid of flying? The plane may crash and we may die. Here are seven scriptural principles that enable us to conquer our fear of death:
1. God is in control. Read Psalm 91. (Mark 4:35-41; Phil 4:6-7)
2. Focus on fearing God and dying to self. (Acts 5:29; Galatians 2:20)
3. We are strangers and pilgrims on this earth. (Hebrews 10:32 ff)
4. God always brings good from evil. (Genesis 50:20)
5. The enemy can only harm our body, not our soul. (Matthew 10:28)
6. Absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8; 2 Timothy 2:11-12)
7. There is a crown of life for the faithful to death. (Revelation 2:10)