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Don't Be Afraid!

Do Not Be Afraid
Immanuel - God Is With Us

Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you..." Acts 18:9-10 (NKJV)

Fear is probably one of the greatest motivators that we will encounter.  The perceived fear of what may happen can overwhelm and flood our emotions to the extent where we become immobilized and powerless, or it can prompt us to move like nothing else.  These fears can become even stronger during the night.  I can't help but wonder how much greater we would be in witnessing and simply walking in our faith if we truly didn't have any psychological, emotional, or physical fear, but we had a healthy fear (a respect or reverence) for God.  

I was reading an email from a fellow believer who was seeking to find a new place to live.  This person's primary motive for moving was fear.  They had previously participated in many good conversations with their neighbors and shared the love of Christ with them. But soon the enemy attacked their apartment complex through drugs and the neighborhood began to change.  The home this person lived in was once a blessing from God, but was now a place where fear and apprehension flourished.  

I have to believe we have all encountered this type of fear and apprehension at some point.  It may have been initiated by someone moving into our neighborhood, or our moving into their's it doesn't matter.  What matters is everything can change suddenly in our surroundings and we can feel compelled to either hide out, or to seek another place to live.  I don't know that moving from one place to another is a bad thing, in fact, it could be good, but I don't think our moving needs to be done because of any fear we may be experiencing.  Besides, we are told about God's protection for those who fear (respect, or have reverence for) Him.

The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Psalms 34:7 (NKJV)

God's Word tells us He is on the throne and is in control (103:19).  His Word tells us He is more than capable of protecting every one of us as His children (Ps. 91).  I believe He has a work for me to do within my neighborhood, my workplace, and just about everywhere else I go.  And yet there are times when the enemy can come and tempt me in these truths, and I can stumble in my walk, and begin to doubt, fear, and to lose my peace.  This happens because I take my eyes off of God and I put them upon the situation instead.

We can see in the Book of Acts, the Apostle Paul facing one of these temptations to fear one night as well.   We can also see Jesus speaking truth into his life to encourage him.  Jesus told him, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you" (Acts 19:9-10).

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to keep your eyes on God - don't put them on the things causing you to doubt and fear.  Seek the Lord's will for your life in every situation not just the ones you find tempting and testing you.  I want to encourage you to believe and trust God in everything - keep shining brightly, and keep ministering.  God's promise to Paul applies to every one of us as His children - He is with us.  

STUDY QUESTION: What promise can we glean from Psalms 34:7?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to trust God when everything in your body says to fear?  Do you believe that He will protect you and guide you in every situation?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord daily through prayer and the reading His Word.  You have trusted Him with your soul and salvation trust Him for your safety, your provision, and for the proper guidance.

Father, thank You for delivering me from the valley of the shadow of death, and from the fear that accompanies it.  Father, I choose to put my eyes upon You and to trust You.  Father, I pray for Your leading and guidance as I continue to walk in my faith and to share Jesus with others.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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