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Bible Ballistics: BBs #668  Fear NOT!!! But How???

 

I know we are inundated with crises all around us, and many are engulfed in fear.  I’d like to share some encouragement today that will lift our hearts and our eyes heavenward!

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

The answer to fear is to either act or readjust what frightens you.  Some say that fear is sin, but I’ll have to disagree; fear is simply an emotion, like our other emotions, given to mankind by our creator.  The issue is who’s in control, the emotion or the person?  Fear can be of great benefit—if I see a snake, my fear causes me to ‘act’ and get away from the danger.  But when I let fear control me, I can do very unreasonable things, and let fear drive me rather than trusting God to lead me!  The Psalmist reminds us that when those baseless fears come (or even those that may be based in fact, but which we have allowed to haunt our heart and mind) we must simply remember to “trust in” my God who holds me in HIS hand.  And HE has promised not to let go!

My sheep hear my voice,

and I know them,

and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life;

and they shall never perish,

neither shall any man

pluck them out of my hand.

29 My Father,

which gave them me,

is greater than all;

and no man is able

to pluck them

out of my Father’s hand.

30 I and my Father are one.”  John 10:27-30

Jesus holds us in HIS hands, and we are safe in His care, so we need not fear, as the Psalmist reminds us, what ‘man’ can do to us!  Our God reigns, and is working all things for our good, even when we may not realize it!  We don’t have to fear but to have faith/trust in our God’s work all around us.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:

for we know not what we should pray for

as we ought:

but the Spirit itself

maketh intercession for us

with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And he that searcheth the hearts

knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,

because he maketh intercession

for the saints

according to the will of God.

28 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.

30 Moreover 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 8:26-31

Think on these things, and dwell in the presence of The One who gave Himself for you/me!  That’s why the author of Hebrews tells us clearly that we need not fear what “man” can do to us!

Let your conversation

be without covetousness;

and be content

with such things as ye have:

for he hath said,

I will never leave thee,

nor forsake thee.

6 So that we may boldly say,

The Lord is my helper,

and I will not fear

what man shall do unto me.”   Hebrews 13:5-6

May God’s blessing rest on you today, and may you find comfort and joy in His presence, His Word, and His sovereign rule!  You can trust Him in all things—without fear!

Amen and Amen!!!