Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Job 13:15 Continue reading
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” Numbers 13:30 Continue reading
Abram’s concern over 4 different military forces seeking revenge is soothed by God Himself.
Gen 15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
God first told Abram, “Do not be afraid!”
There are several things that can bring on fear.
Sin can bring fear. After sinning in the Garden of Eden Adam hid in the bushes because he was afraid! It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Heb 10:31
Meeting God with sin on your hands is a fearful thing.
The unknown can cause fear. Not knowing what tomorrow holds. Not knowing what is in the closet or not knowing what animal is growling in the dark. David said,
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” Psalm 23:4
Though he did not know what was lying ahead or what was unseen in the shadow.
Fear can also be caused by doubt. If a mustard seed of faith can move a mountain then I think a mustard seed of doubt can keep it there.
The night Jesus came walking on the water only one man had the faith to get out of the boat – Peter!
But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink. Matt 14:30
He did the impossible but then doubted and became afraid that he could not do it.
Any fear you have doesn’t come from God.
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7
Maybe your response is you are afraid of snakes, spiders, or swimming at the beach.
That’s not fear, it’s just common sense. It is best to have respect for those things.
A Christian should never be afraid of spiritual matters.
Abba, with You I have no fear. You give peace. You give life. You give comfort. In Jesus’ name, I receive that! YES&AMEN
Matt 11:3 “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”
Of all people to ask this question! This was from John (the baptizer), the one who once said of Jesus, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
Certainly that was a declaration of faith and belief.
Perhaps, like us, John may have had a moment of doubt.
It’s easy to have faith and believe when things are going well, like when you’re healthy, have a home, a job, and everything is running smooth.
But when it starts to unravel and fall apart, faith can waver, even if for a while.
In the case of John – he’s preaching to the crowds one day and in prison the next.
You begin to wonder if God is listening to your prayers. You wonder if He has forsaken you. You begin to think what you’ve done to deserve these problems.
God doesn’t promise an easy life but a more abundant life! His word is sure and true; to give Him all your worries because He cares for you; that He will not leave you or forsake you.
Just remember when things are at their worst – God is at His best! (Just continue to read Matthew 11 and see what Jesus was doing!)
Abba Father, I know You love and care for me. It is that thought that helps me through tough times. It is in those times I often feel Your presence the most. I bless the name of the Lord Jesus for taking care of me! YES&AMEN
While watching the news there is a story of a car crash.
The car catches on fire and bystanders brave the heat and danger of explosion to free the occupant.
In the midst of disaster we see a great need and are willing to set aside any emotions and any safety for ourselves to do our part. Continue reading