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Topic: Fearful (08/23/07)
TITLE: Afraid to Live
By Ann Schrag
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This kind of fear is not from God. Many times in Scripture He tells us, “Fear not.”
One dark, stormy night when Jesus’ disciples were out on the Sea of Galilee, they saw Him walking to them on the water. Here was a sight that they had never seen before. They didn’t understand how it could be. They thought He must be a spirit and they were terrified.
How like them I am. When I don’t understand and can’t control what is happening, I panic. But Jesus wants to meet me there. He says to me as He said to the disciples, “Be of good cheer. It is I. Do not be afraid.”
When I take my fears to Jesus and ask Him to speak to me about them, He reassures me that He is in control. He is present with me in the situation.
Letting go of fear includes letting go of the controls. It’s trusting God enough to let Him be in charge and to accept whatever He allows. God has always provided abundantly for my needs and I have no reason to believe that He will not continue to do so. Even if He would allow me to become destitute, would He not also be with me in that situation? Of course! And where He is, there I am safe.
A heart full of fear shows that I don’t know my Father very well – not well enough to trust Him with my life. When I insist on hanging on to fear, it is like a slap in God’s face.
Not only does my fear make God look bad, but it also keeps me from enjoying life. When I was so anxious about money, I couldn’t appreciate the blessings I had. Instead of being grateful for a car in which to run to the store for what I needed, I felt badly that I had to run to the store at all!
Since then I have realized that God gives us good things to enjoy. I want to honor Him by enjoying life in gratitude for His many blessings to me.
Scripture quotation from NKJV
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