Seems like I kind of skipped April, for the One Word post. In fact, there are only two entries in the “fearless” journal, the last two entries made (April 9th, and 22nd). Guess I’ve just been too busy enjoying Easter decorations (and treats!) and now Spring decorations, and heavenly fragranced hyacinths, etc.
But I do want to make notes from that last entry, which refers to a John Piper devotional which was so good, “Five Reasons to be Fearless“. And he didn’t even know that was my One Word! :D In fact, I believe this was also written before-virus… yes, at the bottom it says what book it’s from: “Magnifying God with Money”. (I guess trusting God about money might also have something to do with being fearless.)
Anyway, the verse he’s using here is “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) In this article, he emphasizes each word/phrase separately. (SELF: remember to do this more often with scripture verses!) The reason to be fearless is because it will magnify five great things about God (and who doesn’t want to magnify God):
- He is our Shepherd. “Fear not, little flock“; and “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want”, or, I shall not lack anything I truly need. protection, provision
- He is our Father; “it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. “He really cares and really knows what you need and will work for you to be sure that you have what you need.” love, tenderness, authority, provision, guidance
- He is our King; “it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” He can do that because he is the King. power, sovereignty, wealth
- He is free and generous, he gives the kingdom. “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” He doesn’t rent or sell it, and he doesn’t need our payments–he is wealthy.
- He wants to do it, to give it to us; “it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
“So, the point of this verse is that we should treasure God as our Shepherd and Father and King who is generous and happy to give us the kingdom of God — to give us heaven, to give us eternal life and joy, and everything we need to get there.
If we treasure God in this way, we will be fearless and God will be worshiped.”
I was thinking of using Luke 12:32 for my memory verse this month, but… I think I already have it memorized!