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'Facing Our Fears'
by Travis Wiginton
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Due to the stress of the economy these days, hardly a day goes by without hearing of suicides in the business world or frustrations that sometimes result in the murder of co-workers, friends or family members.

Our hearts ache for those situations, but as La Moyne and I age, it is becoming more difficult for us to watch the news as those tragedies seem to get 'stuck' in our minds then it plays over and over.

These days we all may have 'fear-knots', headaches, heartaches and even 'soul-aches'.
Fear can affect us in many different ways, so we need to learn how to deal with it.
Since they say that 'repetition is one of the laws of learning', I decided to share some previous thoughts about Facing Our Fears.

Nelson Price said, "We need God's 'fear-nots' for our 'fear-knots'."
Chester Swor asked, "Are you driving with your brakes on?"

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear...
but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (II Timothy 1:7)

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear." (I John 4:18)
God has helped in times of war....as well as in times of peace.

First, we walk toward our fears when we walk by faith, and not by sight. (II Cor. 5:7)
Reason has its faith....and faith has its reasons.

When we cannot understand, we must STAND BY FAITH on the Solid Rock of:
~God's Character
~God's Word
~God's Ways

In 1991, four friends of mine were killed in a plane crash.
Then last year our friends' son-in-law (pastor of a large church in Florida) and his teenage son were killed in a plane crash, leaving his wife and four younger children.

I cannot understand the 'whys' of life, but I stand firmly on The Who of Life.
This requires faith to let go and let God!

By faith:
~we let Him deal with our past sins
~we make Him Lord of the present situations
~we place our future in His hands.
Many times as perhaps now, we see the circumstances and not Christ.
We may see obstacles and adversaries more clearly than we see God.

The Israelites could not enter the Promised Land because they walked by sight...
(as the giants seemed so huge) and not by faith (as God seemed so small).

There are some good fears, but the best is "the fear of God which is the beginning of wisdom" (Prov. 1:7).
I have a feeling that some of you have never made a friend of God by faith....
so you 'walk by sight' in fear and not by faith in peace!
This really starts when we accept Jesus as Savior.

Secondly, facing our fears means that we walk in the power of the Spirit of God...
and not in the weakness of our flesh.

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God...
and you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear." (Romans 8: 14-15)

"Greater is the power within you than any power in the world". (I John 4:4)
The weakness of the flesh looks more to the Saddam Husseins of the world...
than to Christ and the Word of God.

Let us learn and live Matthew 28:18-20:
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."

Lastly, facing our fears means that we walk with the Shepherd and not satan.
Psalm 23 and John 10 emphasize the blessings of walking with the Great Shepherd, Jesus!

Someone has well said, "If Jesus had done nothing more than to lead us to call God, "Father" it would have been worth His coming." But He did so much more...
and we need to have that thought (conviction) daily.

Do you remember the difference that it made when your earthly father walked with you in the dark or when he was with you in a dark house?

Psalm 23 tells us what we have if we walk with the Shepherd:
~The Lord is my Shepherd (Perfect Salvation)
~I shall not want (Perfect Satisfaction)
~He maketh me to lie down in green pastures (Perfect Rest)
~He leadeth me beside the still waters (Perfect Refreshment)
~He restoreth my soul (Perfect Restoration)
~He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his name's sake (Perfect Guidance)
~I will fear no evil (Perfect Protection)
~Thou art with me (Perfect Company)
~Thy rod and thy staff (Perfect Comfort)
~Thou preparest a table (Perfect Provision)
~Thou anoinest my head (Perfect Consecration)
~My cup runneth over (Perfect Joy)
~Goodness and mercy shall follow me (Perfect Care)
~I will dwell forever (Prefect Destiny)

It is my prayer that we will know....and experience all of the above.

A huge banquet was held in England for many famous and important people.
An actor was asked to recite something for the audience. His oration of the 23rd Psalm brought much applause.
When an elderly pastor was asked to recite something, he also recited the 23rd Psalm with much feeling and emotion. When he finished, the crowd was silent.

The actor stood and said, "The difference between my recitation and his, is that I knew the Shepherd's Psalm....while he knows the Shepherd!"

It makes a great difference in life ...and in death...if you know the great Shepherd.
Do you know Him? These Scriptures will tell you how:
~Romans 3:23
~Romans 6:23
~Romans 5:8
~Romans 10: 8-11

La Moyne's Mother (who was bedfast for 6 yrs. before she went 'Home to Heaven' in 2003) loved this song, 'Never Alone'

"Never Alone"
Lyrics: Lydie Pickett (1897) Composer: Fred Jackey

"Iíve seen the lightning flashing,
Iíve heard the thunder roll.
Iíve felt sinís breakers dashing,
Which almost conquered my soul.

Iíve heard the voice of my Savior,
Bidding me still to fight on.
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

No, never alone, no never alone,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

No, never alone, no never alone.
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

The worldís fierce winds are blowing,
Temptations sharp and keen.
I have a peace in knowing
My Savior stands between.

He stands to shield me from danger
When my friends are all gone.
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

When in afflictionís valley
I tread the road of care,
My Savior helps me carry
The cross so heavy to bear;

Though all around me is darkness,
Earthly joys all flown;
My Savior whispers His promise,
Never to leave me alone.

He died on Calvaryís mountain,
For me they pierced His side.
For me He opened that fountain,
The crimson, cleansing tide.

For me He waiteth in glory,
Seated upon His throne.
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone."

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Julia May 22 Apr 2009
Thank you Bro Travis and LaMoyne for these wonderful words of wisdom. I love the 23rd Psalm explanations. Keep writing for the glory of our Lord. You are blessing many souls! In Christ's Love, Julia


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