No Fear

Over and over the Bible tells us: “Do not be afraid.”

But are we listening?

Apparently not. There are now more than 500 documented phobias in the world. There’s arachibutyrophobia (fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth), autophobia (fear of yourself), catabedephobia (fear of both high and low places), chorophobia (fear of dancing), coulrophobia (fear of clowns), homilophobia (fear of sermons), myxophobia (fear of slime) and panophobia (fear of everything). There’s even phobefobia (fear of phobias).

God’s Plan

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

TRUST ME.

That’s basically what God was telling the Israelites in the above verse. They had been ripped away from their homeland and exiled to Babylon. Life was hard. Hope was dim.

But God had a plan. He always has a plan. And it’s a good one.

Freedom Forever

Forget that the Fourth is finished. The following are fabulous facts from the Father for facilitating frequent focus on our fantastic freedom forever:

Jesus’ Emancipation Proclamation: “He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners.” (Luke 4:18)

Truth Sets You Free. “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

Happy “In Dependence” Day!

If I have one regret in life, it’s that I spent way too much of it trying to live 100% independent from God. After decades of dead ends, I finally realized that the Creator of the Universe might just be smarter than me and that depending 100% on Him is the only way out.

Here are some great “in dependence” verses worthy of celebrating today:

God’s Fireworks

You won’t find the word “fireworks” in most Bible dictionaries. But I believe that Jesus had plenty to say about the subject.

A few examples:

You are THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. (Matthew 5:14)

GET FIRED UP – don’t hide it from the world. (Matthew 5:15)

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE – so that others can see God working through you and praise Him. (Matthew 5:16)

Stay Sharp

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)

God designed us for relationships. People need people.

But let’s be honest. Sometimes people can be a pain. They can rub us the wrong way. Sparks can fly.

The Trinity (In 100 Words or Less)

Got deep, thorny, mind-boggling Bible questions? Send ‘em to getupwithgod@gmail.com and I’ll do my very best to answer ‘em in 100 words or less.

People ask variations of the following question fairly frequently:

Could you please explain the Trinity in a way that doesn’t make my head hurt?