Deuteronomy 23:5 – Nevertheless the Lord thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the Lord thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the Lord thy God loved thee.
The Lord loves us. He cares for us as a father and protects us. Like any good father, He keeps us from harm. In fact, he takes the curses of the devil and turns them into blessings; He takes what was meant for evil, and uses it for good. We have no reason to fear the devil and his power. We serve a much more powerful being, a loving and protecting God.
Further Reading – Isiah 54:17 – No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
1 John 4:4 – Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Romans 13:11 – And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awaken out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed.
The Christian church began waiting for Christ’s return. Biblical writers from thousands of years ago speak of the soon coming of Jesus. From the time of His ascension, they prepared and waited for His return. They believed His promise with such passion, even though they would never witness the event.
We are as close to the Lord’s coming as a generation has ever been. But, we no longer eagerly expect His arrival; preparation for heaven is no longer at the forefront of our minds. The closer we are to the great and terrible day of the Lord, the less and less of our attention it warrants. To borrow from the words of an advent hymn, Christ’s coming is soon, even at the door. If that thought isn’t in our hearts, our hands will never find the urgency to complete the tasks due on that day. Rekindle the fire in your heart for the Second Advent. Look expectantly for the coming of your Lord. For His coming is nearer now than when we first believed.
Further Reading – Romans 13:12-14 – 12 The night is far spent; the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk honestly as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in lewdness and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof.
Link to the hymn mentioned above: “The Coming King is at the Door”
2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
God has not given us a spirit of fear… Fear is a trait directly from the devil. Instead, God has blessed us with power, the same power, in fact, that was with Christ Jesus during His time on Earth. He has given us a sound mind, that we may discern the great and marvelous things of God. He has given us love, even before we loved Him, and He sent His Son as a result of that love. But most importantly, we have been given the privilege of salvation and the promise of an ever present Comforter. Reject Satan’s gift of fear and embrace these wondrous gifts of God.
Further Reading – Isiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.