Stand and Fight (OT-NT Parallel Passages)

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Ephesians 6:10-11 (NKJV)
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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*Luke 12:1-5 (ESV)*
In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.
But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!

 

I believe this passage is pretty self-explanatory, but do think it is important to recognize that Jesus spoke of the “leaven of the Pharisees” as their continually self-perpetuating, infections sin…  of hypocrisy.  

Basically, this indicates that they were engaged in play-acting.  And in particular, the warning was related to their religious activity and true attitude toward God.

However, Jesus also promised that there will come a time when every dusty corner of our hearts will be emptied of all secrets.  Therefore, it is beneficial for us to develop a genuine respect the God who will judge rightly all we have ever said, done and even though.

A Savior Is Born (25)

 

A musical celebration of the Advent of the Christ.

The Call of Christmas

Wonder of all wonders
Outside of Bethlehem
Angels come to shepherds
Ordinary working men
Not the high and mighty
The powerful and great
But those who feel unwanted
That the world has pushed away

Hear the call of Christmas
All you lost and left behind
The lowly and those longing
With an emptiness inside
The forgotten and forsaken
I bring you good news
Hear the call of Christmas
The Savior waits for you

All who feel rejected
Unworthy and alone
We’re all undeserving of
The kindness we’ve been shown
Come behold the King of Kings
Find rest you weary souls
Lay down all your burdens
He will mend and make you whole

Hear the call of Christmas
All you lost and left behind
The lowly and those longing
With an emptiness inside
The forgotten and forsaken
I bring you good news
Hear the call of Christmas
The Savior waits for you

For all of those in need
Come find your hope and peace
Oh, do not be afraid
For He has come to save

Music Video by Zach Williams performing The Call of Christmas (Official Music Video). (C) 2017 Provident Label Group LLC, a division of Sony Music Entertainment