Readings – Matthew 10:26-33

 [Proverbs 9:9-10] Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning. 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 

[Psalms 111:10] The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. 

[Proverbs 10:27] The fear of the Lord prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened. 

[Psalms 19:9] The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever...

[Luke 12:22-32] And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!  25And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  28But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  31Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

 [Matthew 10:26-33] “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known…  28And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell...  31Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.  

[Hebrews 10:23-38] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  24And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another… 26For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,  27but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.  28Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses.  29How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?  30For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings… 35Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.  36For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; 38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”      

[Acts 8:3-4] But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. 4Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. 

[Philippians 4:11-13] Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:  12I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  13I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

[Romans 8:28-31 28And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose… 31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

[Romans 8:35-37] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? OR CORONA VIRUS?  36As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

[Mark 10:14-15] 14…“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.  15Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” {SEEALSO Luke 18:17}   

[1 Corinthians 15:54-57] So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O £ Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” … 57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  

[James 4:7-8] Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.