“Fear not, for I have redeemed you…when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you” (Isaiah 43:1-2 NKJV).
The only thing I’m afraid of is not being God’s will. Notice I didn’t say ‘doing.' He wants us to ‘be’ then ‘do’ all for His glory.
I used to be afraid of everything. If someone didn’t speak to me, I felt rejected. When I compared myself with beautiful; and, might I add, skinny women --I sensed loneliness. Who’s gonna love me since I’m not pretty? All the measurements taken of myself were external.
I realized I needed to do a lot more pondering these things in my heart’ than fretting the uncertain (Luke 2:19).
King David was tested in the area of fearfulness and gained victory “The Lord is my light and salvation---whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life --of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1 Amplified). The psalmist went through the valley of death’s shadow and feared no evil (Psalm 23:4).
Perhaps Jesus reached for Psalm 56 as He told His followers not to be afraid of those who kill the body; but to fear One who after He kills, has power to cast into hell (Luke 12:4-5 NKJV). “For You have delivered my life from death, yes, and my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life and of the living” (Psalm 56:13 Amplified).
The phrase Jesus spoke more than any other while He walked this earth was ‘be not afraid or fear not’. Before the Messiah went home, He told His disciples, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid…I go to prepare a place for you…that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3 NKJV).
Absolute trust is the shortest path to pleasing the heart of God. When we worry it leads to paralyzing fear. Worry and fear are sins because they prove we aren’t placing trust in the Unseen Provider.
Let’s stand today on the shoulders of our spiritual forefathers and completely surrender every doubt --leaning fully upon King David’s staff, because the Son of David conquered death.
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