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God says to you: You are Fearless

If I asked you what you were afraid of today, what would you say?  I’m not talking about things like spiders, snakes, or mice, but things that have your stomach tied up in a knot.  For me it’s COVID 19 and everything related to it.  It’s being fearful about my kids and grand-kids coming down with it, or my elderly Dad, or my health-compromised family-members succumbing to the virus.   But  II Timothy 1:7 tells me, “God didn’t give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.”  Fear tells me that I can’t, while faith tells me it’s already been done. For Romans 8:15 says, “You didn’t receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the spirit of son-ship.”  And this son-ship tells me that through Jesus Christ, God has adopted me and you as His son or daughter thus making us a heir to His promised salvation.  Thus we have nothing to fear, for the fear of death is gone…and if you really think about it, fear of death is the origin of all other fears.

II Corinthians 4:16-17 ” Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

The apostle Paul who wrote this is probably one of the best examples of someone who looked beyond discouragement and refused to give in to despair.  For here Paul calls the overwhelming mental, physical, and spiritual distress he has endured as “light and momentary troubles.”  But how could he do this?  The answer is simple…he was allowing the Lord to renew and restore his mind daily…or as Colossians 3:10 tells us, “Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”  When we become discouraged, fearful, or overcome with the current troubles in the world today, we need to be reminded that as we go through all these hardships, they are achieving for us righteousness and eternal glory for His namesake.  Therefore, we do not lose heart.

II Samuel 22: 18-20 ” He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.”

These verses come from a Song of Praise David sang to the Lord  after God had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies.  Out of David’s heart came thanksgiving for God’s steadfastness…even in the face of calamity.  And the deep-seated trust David had in God is not only evident here, but elsewhere when he declared, “I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” (Psalm 23:4)  David was able to turn fear into faith by keeping his eyes on God and not his situation.

Job 19:8 ” He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; He has shrouded my paths in darkness.”

It’s part of life here on earth…trials, illness, and loss are inevitable.  Jeremiah 8:15 sums it up very well how  we can feel at these times, ” We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there was only terror.”  In these fearful, confusing times we long for the light at the end of the tunnel…but all we see is darkness.  “He has blocked my way so I cannot pass…”  In this verse, the Hebrew word for blocked is gadar – which means to build or heap up stones to make a wall.  We sometimes do feel walled in or blocked off… but know God may be also protecting you from unseen evil you know nothing about.  In those dark times, we need to put all our trust in the Lord and wait for the storm to pass.

Matthew 10:28 ” Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell. “

To paraphrase Isaiah 8:12-13, Do not follow the ways of the world…do not accept the world’s viewpoint…do not fear what they fear.  For their fear is based on the temporal…of secular and fleshly concerns only.  But as Believers, we have the blessed assurance of eternal life,  so there is no fear of death its self.  For it tells us in I Corinthians 15:42-44, ” So will it be with the resurrection of the dead.  The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”  The world may kill our physical body, but it can’t take our soul.  For only Satan has the power to devastate both body and soul in the place of the lost and condemned.