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Examples of Faith #5—Esther

“Who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” … Esther replied, “Assemble all the Jews in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maidens and I also will fast. Thus prepared I will go to the king, which is … Continue reading

Examples of Faith #4—Joseph

Joseph’s master saw that Yahweh was with him and that he caused all that Joseph did to succeed. … Joseph refused his master’s wife’s advances: “… My master has put all that he owns in my charge. … He has withheld nothing from me except you because you are his wife. How then could I … Continue reading

Living Wisely #2—Wisely Agile

You have been directed in the way of wisdom and led toward upright paths, so that when you walk, your steps will not be impeded; and when you run, you will not stumble. … Those who trust their hearts are fools, but those who walk wisely will be delivered. Proverbs 4:11–12; 28:26 Detecting a path … Continue reading

Habakkuk #9—Saving Judgment

You marched through the earth in fury; you tread on the nations in anger. You went forth to save your people. Habakkuk 3:12–13 When we fear The Eternal, we need never fear for eternity. The ungodly in every nation will rage against God and present themselves as fearful, but our infinitely wise and powerful defender … Continue reading

Strength #1 — Greater Strength

Loving God with all our heart, loving our neighbors as ourselves, resisting the Devil, and building up the Body of Christ require strength — specifically strength of mind and heart. When God commands us to be strong for these tasks, he also promises to supply us with strength, with the power to engage in the … Continue reading

God’s Awareness #6 – Weighty Vision

He reigns powerfully forever; his eyes keep watch on the nations. The rebellious should not exalt themselves. Psalm 66:7 We are not the first to wonder if the bad guys “get away with it.” The prophet Habakkuk cried out “How long must we wait for your salvation?!” One psalmist despaired that the wicked continued to … Continue reading

Courage #9 — Encouraged Praise

If the Eternal had not been my help, my soul would soon have dwelt in silence. If I should say, “My foot has slipped,” your lovingkindness, O Eternal, will hold me up. When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, your consolations delight my soul. Psalm 94:17-19 O Lord, how often have I felt like Jehoshaphat … Continue reading

Courage #8 — Careful Courage

My beloved, just as you have always obeyed, … work out your deliverance with fear and trembling;  for it is God who is at work among you, both to will and to work with good intent. Philippians 2:12‑13 When life is difficult because neighbors and colleagues respond negatively to our Christian lifestyle, our best response … Continue reading

Courage #7 — Courageous Humility

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 Hanging on to our anxiety feeds our sense of self-sufficiency and our commitment to self-exaltation. Since pride actually goes before our downfall, clasping our … Continue reading

Courage #6 — Fruitful Courage

Blessed are those who trust in the Eternal and whose trust is the Eternal. For they will be like trees planted by the water, that extend their roots by a stream. They will not fear when the heat comes; rather, their leaves will be green, and they will not be anxious in a year of … Continue reading