“Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” Matthew 10:31, ESV.
Why are Christians being persecuted and killed around the world? Why so much hatred for God? Jesus said the time would come when we would be hated by all men. He said there would come a time when anyone that kills a Christian would think they are doing God a service (see John 16:2). So what perspective does God want us to have? He says, don’t fear those who can kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. To further explain this point, Jesus said to His twelve disciples, “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one falls to the ground apart from the Father’s will.” To drive His point home, He said, “But all of the hairs on your head are numbered. Do not fear, therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Let these words sink into your heart today. You are of more value than many sparrows. In people’s eyes, a sparrow is worth half a cent. That’s nothing! But to God, it’s something! Not one sparrow dies without the Father knowing it. In people’s eyes, your life may not be worth anything. Some may hate your very existence. But to God, He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He’s saying, you are of value to Me. Don’t fear what man can do to you. They cannot kill your soul. To leave your body is to be present with your Lord (see 2 Corinthians 5:8).
No matter who hates you, know they hated Him before they ever hated you. Don’t be afraid. Whatever happens, God is allowing it for a divine purpose. He will be glorified through your life or through your death. Trust Him and continue to fight the good fight of faith to the very end (see 1 Timothy 6:12). What an honor it is to serve Him!
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your comforting words to my heart. It’s an honor to know you, to be known by you, to serve you, to live for you, and even give my life for your cause if you needed me to. Deepen my understanding of you, Father. When persecution comes my way, help me not to fear people. I fear and reverence you. I trust you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Study Matthew 10:28-31; Hebrews 11; Matthew 5:10-12)
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Amen! ! Woman of God be blessed and may God Almighty continue to use all of you in His own unique way. Stay blessed in Jesus name
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Thank you Lord for your word comfort. I’m glad that I’m worth more and that you value me so much. All I no is that as long as you love me that’s what really matters. Men may hate me and will I understand it. Your daughter.
Thank you Lord. .for everything!
Amen and Amen again Thank you Lord help me to keep on trust you God you are all I need and My walk with Christ Jesus thank you thank you thank you keep me close in your arms My God is Awesome
Always refreshing to receive these devotions. Thank you .May all the dot-k be blessed . let’s pray for each other that we will endure persecution and at last see Jesus face to face and live with Him for evermore.
Lord, your word came at the right time. In my neighbourhood certain people had spread lies about me, Now I am being persecuted. Help me and others to stay strong.
Thank you Lord for your enduring mercies to me. It is such a blessing knowing you my Lord Jesus.
Good Morning to all my sister’s in Christ! May God bless and keep you all. Thank you Daughter’s of The King may you continue to be a Blessing to the body of Christ!!As always have an Amazing Day ..Love to all of you
Blessed are we, who are poor in spirit, for ours is the Kingdom of heaven!
Hallelujah!! Jesus breakthrough!
Blessed are we, who mourn, for we are comforted, and always shall be!
Hallelujah!!! JESUS, BREAK THROUGH!!!
Blessed are we, who are the meek, for we shall inherit the earth!
Hallelujah!!! Hallelujah!!! Hallelujah!!! HALLELUJAH!!!
Blessed are we, who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, for we shall be satisfied!!! Hallelujah!!! HALLELUJAH!!! HALLELUJAH!! Thank You, God!!
Blessed are we, who are the merciful, for we shall receive mercy!!!
Hallelujah!! Jesus breakthrough!!
HALLELUJAH LALA LALA LA!! LALALA LA!!! Lover of my soul, I let go!!! Take me there!!! Ha Lle lu Jah!!! Lalalalalalala!!!! I am spoken for! I am merciful, because You have been so very merciful to me!! Glory, glory, glory, glory to Godnon the Highest HALLELUJAH!!! HA LELUUU JAHHHH!!!! BUILD IT UP, THE HALLELUJAH!!! IT IS RISING FROM MY SOUL!!!
Blessed are we, who are the pure in heart, for we shall see God!!!
Hallelujah!!! Thank You, Daddy!!!
HALLELUJAH!!! HALLELUJAH!! HAALELUJAH!!! OH, SOVEREIGN GOD, YOU ARE MY DADDY!!! I CALL OUT TO YOU FROM THE GREAT EXPANSE OF MY SOUL, FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE CAVERN OF THE RIPPLING WATERS OF THE FOUNTAIN LIVING THERE!!! JESUS, YOU ARE THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS LIVING IN ME!!! YOU SUPPLY ME THE DRINK I NEED TO QUENCH MY THIRST IN THE DESERT OF MY SOUL, MY DRY BONES ARE REVIVED, AND I BRRATHE IN LIFE!!! I AM BREATHING LIFE IN AND OUT!!! BECAUSE YOU, JESUS, SHOWED UP AND SHOWED OUT!!! WOAH!!! I WON’T LET GO OF YOUR HAND, BUT THE BURDENS ARE YOURS! TAKE OFF AND USE MY PAST SINS UNTO THE GLORY OF GOD!!! I WON’T HIDE AWAY IN MY OWN SHAME, WHEN I KNOW YOU SO INTIMATELY NOW!!! TO KNOW MY NAME AND YOU CALL ME BRAVE!!! I AM HOLDING ON FOR DEAR LIFE, JESUS!!! TAKE US TO THE GLORY OF THE SON!!!
Blessed are we, the peacekeepers,
daughters of God, we are!
We are called daughters of God!
HALLELUJAH!!!! HALLELUJAH!!! THANK YOU, PRINCE OF PEACE, FOR YOU KEEP MY PEACE FOR ME!!! YOU MAKE ME A PEACEKEEPER!!! HALLELUJAH!!! HALLELUUU!!! I AM A DAUGHTER OF GOD!!! I AM A DAUGHTER OF THE KING!!! HE IS THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS!!! THERE IS NONE OTHER!!! HALLELUJAH!!!
Blessed are we, who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for ours is the kingdom of God!!!
HALLELUJAH!!! GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!!! I PRAISE YOUR HOLY NAME FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL!!! YOU, MY GOD, HELP ME LET GO!!! I LET GO, AND YOU TAKE OFF, AND I WAS THERE BEFORE THE GUN POWDER SOKED IN TO YOUR SOVEREIGN HAND!!! I THOUGHT I WAS RUNNING THE RACE!! THEN I WOKE UP TO THE GUNSHOT IN MY EAR!!! THINKING I HAD BLEW IT AND HAD JUMPED THE START, MOMENTARILY, I LOST HEART!!! BUT…. GOD…. HALLALLELUJAHJAHJAH!!! HALLEHALLEHALLE LULULUU JAH!!! ALLE LU!!! ALLE LU!! JAH!!!! YES!!! I AM LIFTED UP IN THE SOVEREIGN HAND HOLDING ME!!! YOU KNOW HOW TO SPEAK RIGHT TO YOUR DAUGHTERS’ HEARTS!!! WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO BE YOURS!!! I FEEL A FIRST AND FOREMOST COMING UP, BUT SOMETHING ELSE INSIDE ME SAYS, “ALL YOURS”!!! WE ARE ALL YOURS!!! YOU CAN’T BE TRADED OUT FOR THE SMALLNESS OF MAN!!! NO WAY, YOU ARE TOO BIG AND POWERFUL FOR THAT!!! I COULD BE NO ONE ELSE’S TREASURE, NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRIED, BECAUSE I WAS ALWAYS YOURS, I AM A PRODIGAL DAUGHTER OF THE KING!!! I AM ENJOYING THE PARTY YOU HAVE THROWN FOR ME!!! HALLELUJAH!!!
Blessed are we, when others revile us and persecute us and utter all kinds of evil against us falsely on His account! We shall rejoice and be glad, for our reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before us!!!
Hallelujah!!! Hallelujah!!! Hallelujah!!! Hallelujah!!! HALLELUJAH!!! HALLELUJAH!!! HALLEEELUUUUUJAAAHH!!!!
MY SOUL BUILDS UP A HALLELUJAH THAT CAN’T BE CONTAINED! GOD’S FORCE OF NATURE IS UPON ME!!! I AM DIVINELY TOUCHED!!! HALLELUJAH!!! GOD IS THE CREATOR OF ALL HEAVEN AND EARTH AND NO ONE CAN COMPARE TO HIM! WHO ARE YOU THAT IS LISTENING? ARE YOUR EARS PERKING UP???
HALLELUJAH!!! YES, YES, YES!!! MY EARS PERK UP!!! OUR EARS PERK UP!!! I HEAR YA!!!! YES, JESUS!!!! WE HEAR YA!!!! I AM LISTENING!!!! WE ARE LISTENING!!! I AM GLISTENING IN YOUR RADIANT GLORY!!! WE ARE GLISTENING IN THE RADIANT GLORY OF THE LOVE STORY!!! JESUS, YOUR ROMANCE IS THE BEST THERE IS!!! THE REASON MY HEART SEARCHED FOR A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR TO SAVE ME FROM THE COLD, DARK NIGHT WAS THAT YOUBWERE CALLING OUT FOR ME, DEEP CALLING DEEP!! I WEEPED AND WEEPED, AND YOU HELD YOUR PEACE!!! HALLELUJAH!!! YOU ARE THE SOVEREIGN PEACEKEEPER!!! YOU ARE THE PEACEKEEPER IN ME!!! I AM AT PEACE, BECAUSE THE PRINCE OF PEACE SINGS A COMFORTING LULLABY TO MY SOUL!!! I AM A PRODUCT OF THE LOVE STORY WRITTEN UPON MY HEART!!!! I AM A PRODUCT OF THE HALLELUJAH!!! I AM BIRTHED UNTO A NEW DESTINY!!! DO YOU SEE ME WALKING ON THE WATER??? MY KING AND ME!!! THIS IS SO BEAUTIFULLY CONSUMING!!! I AM IMMERSING IN YOUR LOVE, JESUS!!! I AM BAPTIZING MYSELF IN YOUR LOVE IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!! I AM GOING UNDER!!! I AM UNDER!!! I AM HOLDING IT IN, WAITING!!! I AM WAITING TO BREATHE THAT BREATH OF FRESH AIR!!! HALLELUJAH!!! PULL ME UP, WHEN THE BREATH OF FRESH AIR IS APPROACHING ME, AND MY HEART BEATS FAST, AND THE LAST DEAD BREATH IS IN ME!!! GLORY, GLORY, GLORY!!! YOU STILL SURPRISE ME WITH THE WORDS YOU PLANT IN THIS OAK GROWING FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, SOKING UP THE LIVING WATERS INTO THE ROTTEN ROOTS THAT ARE BEING REVIVED. THE ROCKY SOIL IS NOTHING FOR THE OLIVE TREE!!! IT GROWS IN ME, AND I AM ALIVE IN HIS GLORY!!! YOU ARE TAKING ME THERE!!! I TRUST YOU!!! THERE’S NO TURNING BACK WHEN GOD REMOVES THE VEIL!!! THE STORM CAN’T STOP ME!!! YOU ARE THE STORM, GOD!!! YOU ARE MOVING ME ACROSS THE SEAS IN THE COMMOTION OF THE STORM!!! THIS IS A WITNESS MEANT TO TOUCH THE MASSES!!! I AM JUST THE VESSEL!!! YOU ARE THE POTTER!!! I AM NOT THE MAKER, I AM MADE!!! I AM EVERCHANGING, YET YOU ARE ALWAYS THE SAME!!! YESTERDAY, TOMORROW, TODAY, FOREVERMORE, YOU NEVER CHANGE!!! YOU ARE ALWAYS THE SAME, YET, TO ME, YOU ARE ALWAYS MORE!!! YOU ARE MORE THAN ALL THE PAIN AND ALL THE SHAME!!! YOUR NAME IS ABOVE ALL THE OTHER NAMES I HAVE BEEN CALLED!!! I STAND TALL!!! I AM NAMED FOR, BY, AND THROUGH YOU, JESUS!!! YOU CALL ME BRAVE!!! I AM COURAGEOUS, AND FEAR MELTS INTO NOTHINGNESS!! THE PUDDLE BENEATH MY FEET IS THE DARKNESS!!! I AM IMMERSED IN THE LIGHT!!! I AM RISING FROM THE ASHES THAT HAVE DEFINED ME AS A MOURNER, YET, NOW THEY DEFINE ME AS BEAUTIFUL!!! I AM NO LONGER A SOJOURNER!!! I AM STAYING AT HOME, WHERE I BELONG!!!
1 Samuel 17 English Standard Version (ESV)
David and Goliath
17 Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, inEphes-dammim. 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped inthe Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. 3 And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. 4 And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six[a] cubits[b] and a span. 5 He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels[c] of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7 The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron. And his shield-bearer went before him. 8 He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
12 Now David was the son of anEphrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, named Jesse, who had eight sons. In the days of Saul the man was already old and advanced in years.[d] 13 The three oldest sons of Jesse had followed Saul to the battle. And the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 14 David was the youngest. The three eldest followed Saul,15 but David went back and forth from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. 16 For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.
17 And Jesse said to David his son, “Take for your brothers an ephah[e] of this parched grain, and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers. 18 Also take these ten cheeses to the commander of their thousand. See if your brothers are well, and bring some token from them.”
19 Now Saul and they and all the men of Israel were in the Valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. 20 And David rose early in the morning and left the sheep with a keeper and took the provisions and went, as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the encampment as the host was going out to the battle line, shouting the war cry. 21 And Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle, army against army. 22 And David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage and ran to the ranks and went and greeted his brothers. 23 As he talked with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.
24 All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were much afraid.25 And the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel. And the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father’s house free in Israel.” 26 And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 27 And the people answered him in the same way, “So shall it be done to the man who kills him.”
28 Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”29 And David said, “What have I done now? Was it not but a word?” 30 And he turned away from him toward another, and spoke in the same way, and the people answered him again as before.
31 When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him.36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.”37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
38 Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail,39 and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off.40 Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.
41 And the Philistine moved forward and came near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42 And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. 43 And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.44 The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.”45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”
48 When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistineand took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 52 And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath[f] and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron.53 And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp. 54 And David tookthe head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.
55 As soon as Saul saw David go out against the Philistine, he said to Abner,the commander of the army, “Abner,whose son is this youth?” And Abner said,“As your soul lives, O king, I do not know.”56 And the king said, “Inquire whose son the boy is.” 57 And as soon as David returned from the striking down of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” And David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.”
Thank You, Jesus, for making Crystal Marie stronger, in Your power, while in my weakness!!! Thank You, for making me a witness of Your goodness and mercy, and radical forgiveness!!! Thank You, for making me a peacekeeper, like You, Jesus!!! I shall keep my peace, trusting that Your sovereign will shall be done. I am a prayer warrior!!! I shall pray and keep my peace, because Your peace can not be breeched! I have a shepherd’s pouch full of prayers, picked from the brook, just for this purpose! I am Your little shepherd girl, rhyming her way to Your heart, as I wait to take off running, toward the battle line, to throw a mighty stone at his head and see Goliath fall dead, from the stone of prayer I throw right at his forehead! He will fall dead to the ground before me!!! And I shall cut his head off and display it as a trophy for God!!! Hallelujah!!!
I am chosen for this purpose!!! You build the warrior’s heart up in me!!! I receive it unto fullness and completion, Jesus! Amen!!!
Be blessed Sisters in Christ!
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
1 Timothy 4:15
Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
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Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to Go
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.
One more thing…
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
Thank you God for this message, Thank you for the value you put on my life. THANK YOU IN JESUS NAME AMEN.
God is ever faithful to neglect and ignore us d works of His hands. He is ever mindful of us. Praise ye Him.
Praise His Holy Light. In the mighty name of Jesus, Your worhy to be praised Lord God!!!
Thank you Lord for your mighty direction, I pray that your will be done in my life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
In You I live and move and have my being, You are the King of glory, no weapon formed against me shall prosper, the life I now live I live in Christ Who for the joy which lay ahead despised the shame for my sake. I amso greatful my Saviour and King for bearing all the pain and suffering for me to be able to experience the glory of my Father. It doesn’t matter what suffering lies ahead on my path, in You I am more than a conqueror, I can do all things because my strength is in You. Wonderful Saviour I honour You this day for great is Your faithfulness. Receive my love and adoration humbly from a greatful heart You are the air I breathe the life I live all I am. I truly love You more than life.
Amen and amen to Zebi’s beautiful prayer. Love you, my sister.
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