Fear NOT Fridays #4 - God Is With You Wherever You Go
I once heard a preacher say that "do not be afraid" occurs 365 times in the Bible. That's enough for every day of the year, which means that we should never live in fear. I have not yet confirmed that amount of "fear nots" but that sermon inspired this new series:
Fear NOT Fridays.
Once or twice a month I will feature a Bible verse or passage from God's Word proving that we should NOT be afraid.
I do want to clarify one thing before continuing - "fear God" is NOT the same as being afraid. When it says "fear God" in the Bible that means showing reverence, respect and absolute awe of our Heavenly Father. Whereas, fear means - a very unpleasant or disturbing feeling caused by the presence or imminence of danger.
We learn in Ephesians 6:12 (see below) that we, as Christians, are fighting a spiritual battle everyday. What if the entire world is currently in an information war? - a war of the mind? We are constantly being bombarded with things that we should fear, like the current illness/virus or an impending nuclear war. FEAR, Fear, fear on social media, television, computers, smartphones - fear is being broadcast everywhere and all the time. Again, near the end of the verse below we see that our struggle is against the evil forces in the heavenly realms. Well, our fear is what those evil forces feed on - we are making them fat by being afraid. That is why this series will help us rid our lives of fear and thereby starve the evil of this world.
Featured passage: Joshua 1:9
It sometimes helps to define certain words that we might think we know the meaning, but actually do not.
Dismayed - experiencing or showing feelings of alarmed concern: upset, worried, agitated because of some unwelcome situation.
After reading that definition I realized that I am "dismayed" many times a day. The solution is simple - focus on God's promise: He is with us wherever we go!! Notice that I underlined the word "is". That word is so important because "is" is definite - there is no worry that God might not show up. If He "is" with us wherever we go, then that means He "was" with us yesterday and He "will" be with us tomorrow.
When we understand that,
there is NO FEAR.
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