Death Has No Hold on Us

Hebrews 2:14-18

Therefore, because children have a common flesh and blood, he himself also, in like manner, has shared in the same, so that through death, he might destroy him who held the dominion of death, that is, the devil, and so that he might free those who, through the fear of death, had been condemned to servitude throughout their entire life. For at no time did he take hold of the Angels, but instead he took hold of the offspring of Abraham. Therefore, it is fitting for him to be made similar to his brothers in all things, so that he might become a merciful and faithful High Priest before God, in order that he might bring forgiveness to the offenses of the people. For in as much as he himself has suffered and has been tempted, he also is able to assist those who are tempted.

Death Has No Hold on Us

We humans are all God’s children. And we have feared death because the devil has used lies and trickery to make us believe that death is the end of life.

However, Christ became human in order that, by his death and resurrection, he might take the power of fear away from the devil by exposing that lie. Death is not the end of life. It is only a doorway into eternal life for we who trust God as Abraham did.

Prayer:

We, your children, often fear the unknown and death has always been the greatest unknown. Thank you, Lord, that you have not given us the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7) You have given us the assurance of a glorified life with you for all eternity. We will sing praises to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

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  • How to Praise God

    Psalms 145:1-9

    I will highly praise you, my God, the king. I will bless your name forever and ever. I will bless you every day. I will praise your name forever and ever. The LORD is great, and he should be highly praised. His greatness is unsearchable. One generation will praise your deeds to the next. Each generation will talk about your mighty acts. I will think about the glorious honor of your majesty and the miraculous things you have done. People will talk about the power of your terrifying deeds, and I will tell about your greatness. They will announce what they remember of your great goodness, and they will joyfully sing about your righteousness. The LORD is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive. The LORD is good to everyone and has compassion for everything that he has made.

    How to Praise God

    I love the old time hymns more than the modern praise music. The old hymns are based on scripture and are sound teaching put to music. On the other hand, I find much of the praise music filled with the repeated phrase, “Praise God” to be empty words. Saying, praise God, is not praising God. Think about it. If I were say to you, “Praise you”, would that mean anything? If, instead, I were to say to you, “Thank you for being there for me when I really needed you”, that would be praise to you.

    The psalmist teaches us how to properly praise the Lord. He lists the reasons why he gives praises to God.

    • The LORD is great
    • His mighty acts
    • things He has done
    • His great goodness
    • His righteousness
    • He is merciful
    • He is compassionate
    • He is patient
    • He is always ready to forgive
    • He is good to everyone 
    • He has compassion 

    Prayer:

    I will highly praise you, my God, and king. I promise to bless your name forever and ever. I will bless you every day. I will praise your name forever and ever. I remember your help in times past. I remember when you saved me out of troubled times. I also remember your strength being with me through the tough times in my life. For these and so much more, I praise you, my rock and my redeemer.

    Amen.

    Peace to Prepare for War

    2 Chronicles 14:5-7

    He (King Asa of Judah) got rid of the illegal places of worship and the altars for incense in all the cities of Judah. The kingdom was at peace during his reign. He built fortified cities in Judah because the land had peace. There was no war during those years because the LORD gave him a time of peace. So Asa told Judah, “Let’s build these cities and make walls around them with towers and doors that can be barred. The country is still ours because we have dedicated our lives to serving the LORD our God. We have dedicated our lives to him, and he has surrounded us with peace.” So they built the cities, and everything went well.”

    Peace to Prepare for War

    I remember something a Marine friend of mine said as we watched the Berlin Wall being torn down. He said, “Nothing is a frightening as a time of peace.” I thought, at the time, that it was an odd thing to say. I didn’t think much more about it at the time. However, in retrospect, I think I know what he meant. Countries use a time of peace to build up for war and strengthen defenses. More weapons can be stockpiled during peace than during war. Resources can be used to prepare for the next battle.

    I was born at the end of the second world war. I’ve lived through Korea, the Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam, the wars in the middle East, and countless other “skirmishes”. The times between were called peace. They were never truly peace.

    True peace is more than an absence of fighting. Jesus said, “I have told you this while I’m still with you. However, the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. He will remind you of everything that I have ever told you. “I’m leaving you peace. I’m giving you my peace. I don’t give you the kind of peace that the world gives. So don’t be troubled or cowardly.” John 14:25-27

    His peace is the true peace. It is the peace you carry inside you. It is the peace of knowing that the Holy Spirit dwells within you, teaching, guiding, and protecting you. His peace is with you during times of conflict not just between conflicts and wars. His is the peace which passes all understanding. Philippians 4:7

    Prayer:

    Father, Protector, thank you for true peace. Thank you for the peace within us even during times of trouble. Even when we pass through the valley of death, you are with us, calming us, reassuring us that all is well with our soul.

    © 2019 Thomas E. Williams

    Give Me Understanding

    Psalm 119:140-144

    (God) Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts. Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true. Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight. Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.

    Give Me Understanding

    The psalmest praised God’s law. He told how he found comfort, hope, and joy in them. He was thankful to God for promises kept. He then did the wisest thing of all, he prayed for understanding.

    Prayer: (this section of the psalm is the prayer for today. Read it aloud in a prayerful manner)

    Happy Are Those Who Trust In The Lord

    Psalm 84:8-12

    O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed. For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.”

    Happy Are Those Who Trust In The Lord

    The psalmest is singing of his joy in the Lord. It is a beautiful love poem to God. Consider it as a Father’s Day card written in fancy caligraphy.

    Our church choir signs a song titled “If You’re Happy, Say Amen!” I love it when we sing it because it is sung so joyfully to the Lord.

    We call God our Father. Consider for a moment how special and personal of a relationship that is. The Creater of everything desires to wrap us in a loving embrace. How can we be anything other than happy on the Lord!

    Prayer:

    Abba, Father, we love You and find joy in singing Your praises. Forgive us for not spending more time on joyful praise of your loving greatness. Amen.