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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Salt and Pepper (07/24/14)

TITLE: Nothing To Fear
By Carol Penhorwood


Nothing To Fear

The very air we breathe seems to be filled with anxiety and unrest. We are surrounded by a violent, tumultuous world. Israel fighting for survival, terrorism throughout Iraq, fighting in Ukraine, and threats of nuclear bombs in Iran. Not to mention the many who are facing starvation, abuse, and persecution. And an America divided and weakened by interior unrest and challenges of all kinds. Nations assaulted by natural disasters and disease. And for many, change of any kind can birth fear.

None of this has taken God by surprise. He knew the challenges we would face. “Do not fear”, the most repeated phrase in His Word to us. Perhaps never before, at least in my lifetime, have we as Christians had more of an opportunity to bring peace of heart to an anxious world and the answer to troubled souls. We, above all, can be fearless.

Our God is still in control even when it appears that Satan rules. Nothing can happen to each of us unless He allows it. Remember Job 1:8-12?

Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.!” “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don't harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord's presence.

We are deeply loved as His children. God has promised grace for each moment (2 Cor. 12:9) and every provision supplied ( 2 Cor. 9:8). He has promised wisdom when we ask (Jas. 1:5) and never to forsake us (Ps 9:9-10) . What have we to fear? God takes care of His beloved children.

“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19 NLT)

Made for eternity, this time on earth lasts but a moment, our life here but a vapor. Here and quickly gone. Even if the “worst” should happen, death does not rule over us. Because we have trusted in the shed blood of Jesus to cover our sins, our eternity is fixed. We have everything to gain.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors though him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)

We have nothing to fear and nothing to lose. We can be the salt in a pepper world.

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Phillip Cimei08/01/14
A lot of good stuff to think about. A nice scripture packed lesson, or lessons, that are need by all. Good job. God bless.
C D Swanson 08/02/14
Well done, this lovely devotional type entry is a welcome reminder about our Lord, and give pause to think about our blessings.

God bless~
Joyce Krznaric08/07/14
AMEN! Very uplifting, and let's also not forget Matt 28:18; "All authority in heaven and in Earth has been given unto Me (Jesus)." So comforting. Thank you.