Bible Ballistics: Vol. 8 No. 01 Trust Overcomes Anxiety!!!
There are times in our lives when we face things that alarm or frighten us. I’d like to share a much shorter version of Bible Ballistics this evening for a word of hope and encouragement for those times when we find ourselves being overcome with fear, alarm or anxiety. God is in total control, and we can trust Him, but sometimes we truly can’t see the “forest” for the “trees”!
One of my favorite verses in regard to trust is from the Psalms.
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” Psalm 56:3-4
No matter how calm our life seems to be, we will each have those times that come along which cause us to fear, panic or suffer anxiety over the issues of life. So whether it’s life changing issues, health, finances, or family crises, we must remember that our confidence is in our God not our circumstances.
While we live in a culture that seems to focus on the “instant” everything in life, God is concerned for our good, and our spiritual growth into the likeness of Jesus. And HE is trustworthy as He is at work in our lives all the time!!!
“And we know
that all things work together for good
to them that love God,
to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow,
he also did predestinate
to be conformed
to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren.
whom he did predestinate,
them he also called:
and whom he called,
them he also justified:
and whom he justified,
them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:28-31
God is always doing His work in those who belong to Him, and we can rest in the assurance of His sovereign control. When we learn to understand God’s total sovereignty, then we can ‘stand’ with our armor on, and overcome. Jesus overcame sin, death and hell at Calvary, and “in Him” we can overcome all that comes against us. (See Eph. 6:10+)
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
36 As it is written,
For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
in all these things
we are more than conquerors
that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded,
that neither death,
nor things present,
nor things to come,
39 Nor height,
nor any other creature,
shall be able
to separate us
from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus
our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39 (See Romans 5:1-10)
Our confidence is in the blood of Jesus that saves and keeps us. And when we are in the hand of God, then nothing can touch us apart from HIS perfect will. He will use every crisis, every victory and every thing in between to make His own more and more like Jesus. Then we can bring Him glory as He brings us “to” glory; the glory that we will share with Him for all eternity. What price is too great?
“For I reckon
that the sufferings
of this present time
are not worthy
to be compared
with the glory
which shall be revealed
in us.” Romans 8:18
(And yes, I love Romans chapter 8, don’t you!!)
So take heart wherever you are in your walk with God! He has a plan and no one can thwart His hand.
“For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” Isaiah 14:27
Our God reigns, and He knows where you are today. He knows where you were yesterday and where tomorrow will lead you. Our job is to love Him, and follow Him where He leads! Here are two of my very favorite passages from all of scripture; I’ll leave you to contemplate and think on these words from God.
“Trust in the Lord
with all thine heart;
and lean not
unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways
and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise
in thine own eyes:
fear the Lord,
and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel,
and marrow to thy bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8
“Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,
by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are
comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us,
so our consolation also aboundeth
by Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:2-5