Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 25, 2019

“Do not be afraid any longer, … for I am with you”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 18:1-11.

“After these things he left Athens and went to Corinth.  And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome.  He came to them, and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working, for by trade they were tent-makers.  And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.  But when they resisted and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads!  I am clean.  From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”  Then he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God, whose house was next to the synagogue.  Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his household, and many of the Corinthians when they heard were believing and being baptized.  And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent;  for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.”  And he settled there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.”  Acts 18:1-11.

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God calms our fears, telling us throughout Scripture:  “Do not be afraid”.

“When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them;  for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.  When you are approaching the battle, the priest shall come near and speak to the people.  He shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today.  Do not be fainthearted.  Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’”  Deuteronomy 20:1-4.

“God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.”  And he said, “Here I am.”  He said, “I am God, the God of your father;  do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there.”  Genesis 46:2-3.

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6.

“In God, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.”  Psalm 56:4.

“24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden fear
Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;
26 For the LORD will be your confidence
And will keep your foot from being caught.”  Proverbs 3:24-26.

“‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
And you are My witnesses.
Is there any God besides Me,
Or is there any other Rock?
I know of none.’”  Isaiah 44:8.

“Do not be afraid of them,
For I am with you to deliver you,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 1:8.

“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I;  do not be afraid.”  Matthew 14:27.

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid;  for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;  for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:10-11.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”  Luke 12:32.


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