Isaiah 43:1,2 – But now, this is what the LORD says– he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
What is your greatest fear? Or, are your fears so numerous that you can’t really tell which is the greatest? We human Christians are sometimes gripped with fears that can be distressing to our lives and sometimes downright paralyzing. One of the byproducts of original sin is fear. Before Adam and Eve sinned there was no fear – there was nothing to be afraid of! They enjoyed the full fellowship of God. There was no poverty, no sickness or death! No taxes, no bills to pay and nothing to buy! There were no enemies to be afraid of! Ah, but since sin, we have so many enemies to our peace, to our hopes and to our dreams that many fears have overtaken us.
God knows that we have inherited many fears and He is most eager to deliver us from them. A multitude of scriptures record God’s message, “Fear not!” “Do not be afraid!” He created us and knows us full well. He placed such high value on us that He redeemed us, buying our souls back from the wages of sin and death! He called us by name, and now we belong to Him! So, He can assure us that when we go through deep waters, He’ll go with us; when the strong current is against us, it will not sweep us under; when we walk through fiery trials and conflicts, we will not burn out our be consumed. All these promises of His presence are for the purpose of delivering us from our fears.
David experienced those same kinds of things that can get a paralyzing death grip on us. He took those fears to God. Psalm 34:4 – “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” 1 John 4:18 – Tells us that the perfect love of God drives out fear. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
Deuteronomy 31:8 – “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” After John the Baptist was born, his father declared: "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us… to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.” – Luke 1:68-75
- Praise God for the value He places on your soul. You are precious and sacred in His sight.
- Join our 6:00pm Thursday night prayer team (in prayer if not in person).
- Thank God for the price He paid to redeem you from sin and its control of your life.
- Pray for the Good News families of the week: John & Christine Fargo (Giovanni, Isabelle), Dave & Ilene Fetzner, David & Sarah George (Nathanael, Rachael).
- Thank God for His good plans for your life and that He has called you by name into His glorious fellowship. Thank Him for His promise to go with you through fire, strong adversity or deep water.
- Confess your fears. Seek the Lord until He answers you and delivers you from all your fears.
- Pray for God to give you strength and courage that empowers you to face down all your fears.
- Pray for those people in your life that seem to be paralyzed and bound by fears.
- Ask God to help you remember His promise that He will never leave nor forsake you that you may be able to serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all your days.
Faith Challenge: Find ways to do the Lord’s work and express what you really believe (serve in a weekly ministry, a ministry project, and spontaneous opportunities for ministry). Share your testimony with someone this week. Invite them to Sunday School, Worship, The Truth Project or Power Team!