Are you Afraid?
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say on the Lord.
Joshua 1:6,7,9 (6)Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. (7) Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law… (9)Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Isaiah 54:4 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame, for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you; let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
God recognizes that we are going to be fearful and afraid at times. His command to not be afraid is a reminder to us to hand over our fear to Him, and He will guide our steps in what He wants us to do. He will be with us. And though fearful, Moses followed His instructions, Gideon followed and God won the war. We feel the same way. ‘Whoo, that looks scary God. No, I’m afraid, I’m not good enough, that is not in my skill set so I will fail.’ His word is really to direct us to know He is with us and He will be facing the reason for the fear, so hand it over to Him.
Once I learned the many verses regarding fear and God not wanting us to hold fear, I was better able to hand it up to Him. His word promises to take my worries, cares, fear, and give me what I need to rest. The issue may still be present, but if I have handed it to Him, now His word promises to be with me, and I need to trust in that.
This does not mean I will have no worries, that life will be smooth sailing, and there will be no fear. The Word does not say that. The Word commands that we be strong, courageous whenever we are facing whatever worry, trial. We must trust that God’s will will be done. He promises He will be with us.
And I know this may sound cocky and arrogant, and I don’t mean it like that. Certainly I am not looking to leave this world now, but I have no fear of death itself. I know I am heaven bound, and will be with God, and have an opportunity to get all sorts of questions answered. I will be in a wonderful place, my body healthy, my mind relieved, and able to sing and praise my Creator all the time. There will be no aches, pains, stiffness, dementia, cancers, and so on. We will be freed of that and living in glory.
Please don’t misunderstand, I do not want to die soon, I just know my fate and the outcome of my death. I do have a niggle of disquiet in regards to being comfortable and not being a burden on my family, but that is it. There is confidence for me that I have a place reserved in heaven and it is going to be GLORIOUS.
Satan certainly does try to stir up unrest at times. But again, I remind myself that God is in charge, His promise is to never leave no forsake me, and if I will hand over the worry, problem, unrest, etc, He will deal with it. That has been repeatedly proven to me as I’ve tested it frequently over the years. General, I will write out the concern and put the paper in my God bag. Then I have to forget it. It is in His hands, no longer something for me to worry over. If Satan tries to pull it back in, I push him away and remind him God has it, and he is not welcome in any area of my life. Be gone, Satan!
And it works. As soon as I realize my mind is beginning to worry about something I have handed to God, I am easily able to pull it away, send a quick apology to God, then let Him have at handling it all His way.
So, bottom line, I have more courage, less worry, more peace, more joy, more confidence, and I know I have nothing to fear.
Praise You, God for writing the words to teach me to hand over fears, worries, and problems to You. You are everything to me and “mybellaviews.”