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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Do not be Afraid

From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you. In famine he will deliver you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword. You will be protected from the lash of the tongue, and need not fear when destruction comes. You will laugh at destruction and famine, and need not fear the wild animals.
Job 5:19-22

The bible's #1 command is "fear not," but we all do fear many times in our life, even though God has proved himself time and time again in the bible. But God still reminds us to fear not all the time. There were many people in the bible who God reminded to have faith in him.

God told Abraham "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield" (Genesis 15:1)
God said to Isaac "I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you" (Genesis 26:24)
God told Jacob "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go" (Genesis 28:15)
God said to Moses ""My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."" (Genesis 33:14)
God told Elijah "do not be afraid of him" (2 King 1:15)
God said to Jeremiah "Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you" (Jeremiah 1:8)

But seriously, why do fear?

1. We don't believe in God's Sovereignty
Fear is not always rational. Most of the time, fear is based off of what may or may not happen. Fear can give you the impression that your know and see all. Fear can create an image were your are god. Trusting in God, who knows the future, is much better than trusting in our own understanding.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

2. We create our own vision instead of seeking God's
We when are fearful of what we imagine the future might hold, we are imagining a future without God. We are seeing a future that God is not in.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

3. We are often false prophets
A false prophet is someone who makes incorrect prediction about the future. Fear is making a prediction that will most-likely not happen.

Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your lifeSince you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Luke 12:22-26

4. We follow false gospels
Fear is when we try to control our life, instead of allowing God to do it.

Fear can seem impossible to overcome, but with God's help, all things are possible.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9


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