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March 30 – Preparing without fear

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:32

Scripture reading: Luke 12:22-34

All around us today people live in fear. This earthly life is all unbelievers care about and so it is all they have. Consequently, they are afraid of anyone and anything that threatens their life and property. They are afraid of virus borne diseases and death. They are afraid of political turmoil and threats of violence. They are afraid that their possessions will be stolen.

To His little flock, Jesus says: Do not fear.” We can be sure that Jesus is not asking us to do the impossible. We, who follow Jesus in faith, can live without fear. We can be delivered from the burden of worry. How? The priestly sacrifice of Christ delivers us from the fear of eternal judgment and condemnation. When we know the perfect forgiveness that Jesus provides, we need no longer fear that moment when we shall stand before the judgment throne of God. The glorious resurrection of our Lord drives away our fear. Our Saviour conquered death and although it is an enemy, as Scripture says, we need no longer fear the end of the journey of this earthly life.

As we prepare to mark the great days of remembrance next month, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter, let us rejoice to live in confidence, hope and trust. In our time of need, in the hour of struggle and in the moment of temptation, we need not be enslaved by worry and fear. Jesus is victorious! And He has told us: “Do not fear, little flock.”

Suggestions for prayer

Thank the Lord for the victory He gives over fear. Praise the Lord for the forgiveness we have through the cross. Give glory to God for the promise of eternal life in the power of Jesus’ resurrection.

Rev. Gregg V. Martin was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1977. In his years of service, he pastored a total of five congregations in three Canadian provinces. He also served for more than seven years in Latin America as a missionary, providing leadership training in Reformed mission churches. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com

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