Posts Tagged ‘Fear

10
Feb
17

He Is With Us

Good Friday morning to you! As David continued in the 23rd Psalm, he wrote:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me… – Psalm 23:4a (ESV)

Even in the valley of death’s shadow, David would not fear. Though surrounded by enemies who wanted to take his life, David would not be afraid of those who sought to do him harm. Why? Because God was with him. God never left his side. God was David’s protector. Just as a shepherd protected his sheep, God protects the sheep of His flock. If you’re afraid of those who may seek to harm you, remember that God is your shepherd and that He will always be with you. He will guide you, provide for you and protect you. He never stops watching over you. There is no reason to be afraid for He is with us.
27
Oct
16

He Calms The Storms

John 6:16-21 (NIV)

When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

After feeding a multitude of people, Jesus withdrew by Himself to pray. His disciples, meanwhile, got into their boat and started to make their way across the Sea of Galilee toward Capernaum. They weren’t making much progress and the waters were rough. Jesus came walking toward them on the water and Matthew records that they thought Jesus was a ghost and they were terrified. It was believed that seeing an apparition at night was a sign of impending doom. But Jesus quickly reassures them that they had nothing to fear because it was Him. In the original language, Jesus literally said, “I Am.” Jesus reminded them that He was God and He had everything under control. He didn’t come to Earth to die in the middle of a lake. He came to Earth to die on a cross.
No matter the storm you’re going through, Jesus can still calm them. No matter the fears and worries that grip your heart, Jesus is still in control. No matter how hard you’re struggling and fighting the wind and the waves, Jesus can still give you peace and rest. Turn to Him today and let Him know about your troubles and trials. Don’t hide from Him. There’s nothing to fear for Jesus is still, “I Am.”
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You know all about my struggles and troubles. I pray today that You will give me peace and relief. I need You and Your mighty power in my life today. Forgive me of my many sins. Please calm my storms. Remind me that You’re in control today. In Your name, amen.
27
Sep
16

Following Rules Out Of Fear

John 5:9-15 (NIV)

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.

When we believe that our religious rules are more important than people, we are truly far from the heart of Jesus. The religious leaders of the Jews were quick to point out to the man who had been healed that he was breaking their rules. They had interpreted the law of resting on the Sabbath to include carrying one’s mat. As though God would strike this man down for carrying his mat! Little did they know that it was God who had actually told him to do it.

Our desire for rules to follow comes from a place of fear. What if I make God mad? What if God won’t love me anymore? What if God won’t let me go to Heaven? Yet the Bible tells us that perfect love (which God has for us) drives out fear. What are we so afraid of when it comes to God and His love for us? God desires that no one should perish and that all should come to a knowledge of the Truth. If we really believe that God is not out to “get us” (except to get us into Heaven), then we don’t have to be terrified of Him. We don’t have to fearfully follow rules, but instead we are free to enjoy a loving relationship with Him.

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I thank You for loving me. I want to live a life that pleases You. I want to live in a loving relationship with You. Drive out the fear in my heart so that I will know that I am free. I love You and thank You in Jesus’ name, amen.

14
Jul
16

It Will Be Provided

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” — Genesis 22:6-8 (NIV)

One of the amazing things about the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac is Abraham’s trust and confidence in God.  He did not know how God would provide the lamb, he just knew that God would provide the lamb.  Maybe a thousand different scenarios ran through his mind.  Maybe he had it all planned out.  “We are going to do this and then God is going to do that and then everything will be cool.”  Or maybe Abraham truly trusted God.  He didn’t keep a lookout for lambs on the way up the hill.  He simply obeyed God and trusted that when the time was right, God would provide.

What about us?  When things are tough and we are having a hard time trusting, how do we respond?  Do we worry and fret?  Jesus said not to because the Father knows what we need.  If we will seek after the things of God, His kingdom and His righteousness, we’ll have everything we need.  We need to simply trust that God will provide.  Like Abraham, we don’t need to know the how, we just need to know the will.  He will provide.

PRAYER: Help me to trust You today, O Lord. May worry be far from me as I seek Your kingdom first. You know what I need before I ever say it. Thank You for this amazing love You have for me that was expressed through Jesus on the cross. Amen.

19
May
16

By The Power Of God’s Spirit

Zechariah 4:1-7 (NIV)

Then the angel who talked with me returned and woke me up, like someone awakened from sleep. He asked me, “What do you see?”

I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps. Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”

I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”

He answered, “Do you not know what these are?”

“No, my lord,” I replied.

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

“What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’”
The visions Zechariah continue into chapter 4. He sees a very bright lamp with seven lamps and seven channels to the seven lamps. These channels are connected to two olive trees that provide an endless supply of oil to these lamps. Zechariah asks about the olive trees, but is not given an answer until later in chapter 4. Instead, the angel gives a prophetic word to the governor of Judah, Zerubbabel. He was in charge of rebuilding the temple. The key to rebuilding the temple is found in verse 6. Zerubbabel would not rebuild the temple by military might nor human power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. Even the mountains would be flattened by the power of God’s Spirit when it came to rebuilding God’s temple.
We can attempt to do many things in our own power. We can try to overcome obstacles and mountains in our own lives. The fact is that we are powerless in our own strength. We need the power of God’s Spirit to overcome the mountains we face each day. It might be an obstacle of sin. It might be a mountain of fear. It could be a struggle with doubt. On our own, we are weak and frail. But with the power of God’s Spirit within us, those mountains and struggles may as well be flattened. Quit trying to do life on your own. Let God flatten your fears. Let His Holy Spirit level the mountains of doubt. Let Him lift you high above the peaks of doubt. It is not in your strength that you can overcome. It is by God’s Spirit that you can have victory.
 
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to overcome the fears, doubts and struggles in my life. The journey is hard and the climb is difficult. Fill me with Your Spirit today as You flatten the mountains in my life. Let me hear the voice of the Holy Spirit as I face these mountains today. Give me Your strength so that I may have victory and You may receive glory and praise. Amen.
09
May
16

The Apple Of His Eye

Zechariah 2:6-13 (NIV)

“Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,” declares the Lord, “for I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven,” declares the Lord.

“Come, Zion! Escape, you who live in Daughter Babylon!” For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye— I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me.

10 “Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord. 11 “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. 12 The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. 13 Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”

 

I love this phrase that God’s people are the apple of His eye in verse 8. The apple of one’s eye is the pupil. It is the most sensitive part of the eye and the most in need of protection. The Jews of Zechariah’s day and God’s people today are the apple of His eye. God wants to protect His people for He knows that we are vulnerable. He knows that we are weak and frail. God is a loving protector of His people. We do not need to fear anyone or anything because God is our protector. His love protects us from fear, including the fear of punishment as it says in 1 John 4:18. God is looking out for us and He will deliver us from fear. So do not be afraid for the Lord Almighty is with you and He will deliver you. Until He does, put your faith and trust in Him to rescue you and hold you for you are the apple of His eye.

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I thank You for protecting me. Deliver me from my fears today through the power of the Holy Spirit. Help me to not be afraid but to know that You love me and will protect me. In the powerful name of Jesus, amen.

03
May
16

God Is Your Protector

Zechariah 2:1-5 (NIV)

Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2 I asked, “Where are you going?”

He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.”

3 While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him 4 and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. 5 And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’

 

A city without walls! The vision Zechariah was seeing was a city so large that they couldn’t build walls around it. There would be so many people within the city that only God could be the protector of the city. It reminds me of the final scene of Revelation where John sees a vision of a city where God dwells among His people.

God is referred to in Scripture, particularly in the Psalms, as our shield and refuge. He is our protector and our strength. He is the One who guides us and guards us. Psalm 20:7 (NIV) says:

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

God is a powerful protector of His people. We have to fear no one and nothing in this life. God’s Spirit dwells within us. He will strengthen and save us. No matter what situations arise, God is with us. No matter what persecution may come, God will save us by His grace. He will take us to that city where He dwells eternally with His people. This life is not all that there is. So take heart in your struggles and trials. God sees you and knows what you are going through. May He give you strength to face the difficulties of the days ahead. May He fill you with the hope of Jesus as you face fear and uncertainty. May He remind you often that He is with you and He will neither leave you nor abandon you.

PRAYER: O Father, how I need Your presence in my life today. Protect me as I move about through my day. Remind me of Your love and give me strength to persevere through the hard times that will come. Amen.




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