Friday, July 24, 2015

Fear Falls Away

What are some of the things that make you afraid?

Would a lonely road, on a dark night, and a sputter in the car’s engine cause your hands to stick to the steering wheel like ants on a broken molasses jar? Does a rattlesnake in your swimming pool, an alligator in your fishpond, or a certified letter from the Internal Revenue Service cause fear to fall upon you like hailstones from a funnel cloud?

People from every culture and geography location will, at some time, find themselves dealing with events that tempt them to be afraid. Turn on a newscast. We see people who are coping with violence, persecution, economic upheaval, natural disasters, etc. within our own country and all over the world. If we focus on these events we could be seduced into the trap of fear.

However, in the Bible we can see that troubles are predicted and instructed not to fret about them. Indeed, shortly before Jesus was to be arrested, tortured and put to death, Christ gave these instructions to His followers, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” John 14:1 (NIV)

Although the apostles had just received disturbing news, they were reminded that trusting God is the antidote for a troubled heart. Therefore, let us be encouraged to remain focused on following Christ regardless of the time, place and circumstances in which we live.

Fear can fall on us, or, fear can fall away from us when we choose to trust the Lord.

Jesus has prepared a place for His people. He is coming back someday and will take us home to glory. Are you ready?

Heavenly Father, I pray for each person who reads this message. I ask you to fill them with peace, love, joy and knowledge of your will for their life; in Jesus Name. Amen.