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"God Inspires Fearlessness"

December 8, 2004

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“I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the LORD’S commands and have followed the Baals.” 1 Kings 18:18

the message we proclaim? No one likes to hear the three-letter word S-I-N. It makes people feel uncomfortable. And no one likes to feel less than perfect. Luther wrote, “God desires us to keep His commandments perfectly in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.” Can you or anyone you know do that?

David wrote, "I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). Sinfulness is in our very being; it is why God needed to send His Son, and only repentance and faith in the Saviour wipes it away. The Law’s conviction drives us to repentance. Were it not for sin, Christ would not need to have been born as Saviour. The Law must be proclaimed for the sweetness of the Gospel to make any impact. But proclaiming the Law takes fearlessness—fearlessness when we are accused of being too hard, rigid, or strict. Fearlessness is a gift from God so we can share His unbounded love with those we meet.

Prayer: Lord God, instill in us the fearlessness needed to proclaim Your commands. Amen.

My Bold Action for Today: Print two copies of the Ten Commandments. Place one in a prominent spot in your house and share one with a friend. Use it to remind you of the Law of God.
Rev. John Trembulak III

Today's Bible Readings: Zechariah 1-4    3 John

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