Fear.

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   Fear. It holds us in its’ grasp. It keeps us from doing things that we want to and makes us do things that we’d rather not. Fear is a big problem.

Why am I talking about fear today? Because I have seen how it has made others act. They do things that they don’t necessarily want or need to do, because of fear. Because I have been struck by fear at times, and I wanted to share why I am not afraid any more.

For example, I was struck by a bit of fear yesterday. For some reason, we were talking about a disease. I found it all interesting… until my mom said that doctors don’t know what causes it. I thought, What if I got this? It’s possible! Oh, no! 

2Then I realized that there are so many things that we could be afraid of. Friends or family dying (I’m not talking about real health concerns here; just if we are thinking about people dying out of the blue… but honestly, should we not have faith even when there are real health concerns?), we could get some random disease, someone we hold dear could get into a car accident out of the blue, you name it. We can always think of something to be afraid of. But why should we?

 

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

3 As believers in Jesus Christ, we know that He holds the future in His Hands! We need not be afraid, for He has everything planned out for us! Yes, part of His plan could be that we (or someone we love) lose our job, or die early, but if that is His plan, God’s Will be done! He has the best plan, and we need to have faith in that. We should not do things out of fear if we are truly following Christ.

 

 

Romans 8:28 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.

If our faith is firmly grounded in our Lord Jesus Christ, we will not be afraid of what the future holds. If you are afraid, read the promises of God’s Word. The Psalms are a great place to start; they have encouraged me time and time again. Also, please remember that God is in control. He may call us to go through hard times, but we must remember that He knows best.

 

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Dear friend, don’t let fear hold you in its grasp! Trust in the Lord! 

 

 

 

 

 

Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

I would like to close with the words of a hymn, God Leads Us Along. I believe that it is very encouraging, and I love it. My dear friend, as you read the words of this hymn, please reflect on it. Let it sink deep in your mind, and realize that the Lord is in control of all! He does not wish for us to suffer our way through life; He desires that we serve Him faithfully and rejoice in that.

 

1. In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.
Refrain:
Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.
2. Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.
3. Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.
4. Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternity’s day,
God leads His dear children along.

~G. A. Young

   Note: Here is a link to a beautiful arrangement of God Leads Us Along. I enjoy reading the words as I listen to it. ♥

 

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Prayer: An Amazing Gift

 

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I recently began a program of praying for an hour each day. God has taught me so much through this! Although I’ve heard certain things over and over, I never truly understood them in a meaningful way. In this post, I’m going to talk about some of these things.

First of all, the gift of prayer! It is so amazing that we can come before the presence of the LORD Most High, the Creator of the universe! I know that you’ve probably heard this before, and I know that I have as well, but it’s something that has really “hit home” in the past few days.

Going along with that, God wants to have a personal relationship with each and every one of us! Isn’t that so amazing?!? We, who were lost in sin, we, who are filthy sinners- the LORD Almighty wants to have communion with us! This should cause us to be full of humility and gratefulness (check out the Winter 2018 issue for more on this topic).

Another thing that I have learned is that the Lord holds everything in His hands! He is in control of everything, and everything that He does is for the good of us if we are following Him (Romans 8:28- “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.”) When you really ponder this, you will understand that we really have no reason to be afraid, to worry, or to try to make things work together the way we want them to; God has everything under control! We need to have full and complete trust in Him.

Well, I’ve talked enough. Now it’s your turn to get out your Bible and meditate on it, learning more truth from the Word of God!

In Christ,

Leona Ruth