the logic of fearlessness

Amazing how my One Word “fearless” keeps showing up! Although I’ve forgotten about it lately, it has likely still been showing up without me noticing. I’ve managed to collect a few verses though, over the last couple of months:

  • “that through death he might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage” (Hebrews 2:14-15) from Perspectives;
  • “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:30-31) a colouring page;
  • “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7) This one is a repeat, but in a different version. (In fact, it was my memory verse one month.)
  • “[you know] how I did not shrink back in fear from telling you anything that was for your benefit, or from teaching you in public meetings, and from house to house…” (Acts 20:20 AMP) from Church-Wide Prayer.

This morning’s Piper devotional is about the “logic of fearlessness” (this should technically go into next month’s post, but I need to go over it while I’m… at it!)

The verses are from Philippians 1:27-29: “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ… not frightened in anything by your opponents… For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake.”

So, “living worthy of the gospel” means fearlessness before enemies (I take “enemies” to include sin/temptors, suffering etc.), and the logic of fearlessness is that God has given you two gifts–“it has been granted to you…”:

  • faith (or, fearlessness)
  • suffering (the Enemy/opponent)

“For it has been granted to you that… you should not only believe in him but also suffer…”

BOTH of these things are in the hands of God, so they are in HIS control. He helps me believe (be fearless) in the face of suffering, and he only allows whatever suffering/opponents are for my good, and his glory. (For his glory means it will cause people to praise him.) I would add that when I’m reminded “it’s all according to plan”–God’s plan–it gives me incredible purpose in life!

My last memory work was Psalm 121, very easy, however the last few verses gave me difficulty just because I kept forgetting to work at it. Time to move on. Seems like Philippians 1:29 would be a good one!

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