Topic: The Right Association – A Therapy For Fear
Be careful who you call friend.
SCRIPTURE: Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Be careful who you call friend.
Sometime ago, a military officer was deployed as the commander of 231 tank battalion, I suppose it was an armoured battalion in southern Borno, Nigeria to tackle the Boko Haram terrorists. When he told me about the assignment, I prayed for him and blessed a bottle of anointing oil for him so he could be applying it on himself. This is because it is written, “…touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm” (Psalms 105:15).
He left with the anointing oil, and according to him, he used it as his body cream. On the battlefield on one occasion, they were ambushed; bullets were fired at him, and a bullet passed through his camouflage uniform and came out on the other side without passing through his body or hurting him. He also anointed their quarter guard, the armoury, the gate, etc. He said that at one of the times, the terrorists visited their barrack, and saw the barrack as if it was a river; they could not see the barrack so they went back. At another time, their camp appeared as forest to the terrorists so they went back.
He said that the terrorists came the third time and were able to see the barrack but not one of them escaped; they were all eliminated and all their equipment and weapons were collected by the soldiers. All these happened by virtue of the commander’s association with and connection to the mantle of preservation.
Yesterday, we saw some therapies for fear, and today, we are looking at the right association as another therapy of fear.
In Acts 4:13, Peter and John manifested a dimension of boldness which was attributed to their association with Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah. They were disciples of Jesus, and their ruggedity was confirmed because of their connection to Him.
Beloved, be careful who you call friend; there are people who have nothing to tell you but disaster, frustration, things that will encourage you in sin and iniquity and fear. Beware!
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REMEMBER THIS: Be careful who you call friend.
Examine your friends; is there anyone who is a conductor of fear or sin? Disengage from such a person.
Keep the company of the fearless, those whose confidence is in God alone.
Remain with God.
PRAYER: O Lord, let Your fearless Nature in me be activated. Cause me to walk in boldness, audacity and authority, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel 16-19.