Psalm 91:9-16 NLT
If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
God’s promises always outweigh what He requests of us. Two “ifs”, twelve “wills”.
Ephesians 3:12 NLT
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
Our Lord always accepts our invitations to come. Sadly, we don’t always accept his invitations. At his invitation we “can…”; audience is possible only through his faithful, finished work. “Now…” is always a good time, regardless. “Boldly and confidently…” because we know the one who opens the way.
The invitation is through him. The permission to come is by him. The time to come is availed to us from him.
To refuse to come, or to come fearfully to our Lord denies all of this.
1 Peter 3:8-9 NLT
Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.
Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.
Like mindedness is more than agreeing about facts or ideas. There is an indispensable attitude of openness toward others. Sympathetic love, tender hearted humility and taking the high road of blessing when insulted open the door to a blessed unity of mind.
Psalm 28:7 NLT
The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
Living with enough
Jeremiah 32:40 NLT
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me.
Unfailing goodness to me
Psalm 133:1 NLT
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!
Matthew 10:30 NLT
And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.
The persistent message of our King is “don’t fear”. God sees and knows all that happens to even sparrows. He sees and knows us infinitely more. So, no fear, ever.
John 13:34 NLT
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
Unfolding beauty, grace, space
Psalm 112:1 NLT
Praise the LORD! How joyful are those who fear the LORD and delight in obeying his commands.
As we cannot separate reverencing the Lord from humility, we cannot separate reverencing Him from obedience and true joy. Each is woven into a solid whole. A mosaic which becomes a pristine picture. But, fragile to the point that when a piece is missing, the beauty is damaged.
It seems to me that we cannot separate the fear of the Lord and humility. When the Lord is honestly revered, when we see Him with as much clarity that is possible, we are drawn to a deep humility. True humility cannot be manufactured any more than the fear of the Lord. Both depend on the heart that has been turned toward Him.