I had an unbelievable experience this morning. I opened my email from Five Minute Friday & the word prompt for the week was fear.
Unbelievable in the face of the massacre of nine people at the church in Charleston SC on Thursday night.
Unbelievable in the face of just reading Job’s words- “What I feared has come upon me”.
Unbelievable in the face of my having to conquer a huge personal fear today.
The following quote from Peter Beck at the Gospel Coalition got my attention:
There Are No Sanctuaries In A Fallen World
We Are Only Safe In Jesus
I was reminded again that I have only two choices . I can manage fear or I can be free from fear.
When I choose to manage my fear I can end up like Job saying:
What I feared has come upon me.
What I dreaded has happened to me.
I have no peace -no quietness.
I have no rest but only turmoil.
There are over 300 verses in Scripture that command us to not be afraid, to not fear, to not be anxious & so forth. If God tells us 300 times not to do something I believe that He also gives us the resources to do what He says.
The only battle I have to face is the battle against fear.
What are your fears ?
What keeps you up at night?
What keeps you in isolation – cut off from people & purpose & peace?
What is your part in the battle?
Words From The Word
I am blogging through the book of Proverbs. The series is called The Blessed Life: Principles from Proverbs. A key verse is found in Proverbs 1:33
All Who Listen To Me
Will Live in Peace & Safety
Unafraid of Harm
This morning God spoke.
- I chose to listen.
- I choose to hear & act.
- I choose faith not fear.
Though I Am Afraid
I Will Trust In You
What Will You Choose Today ?
Fear or Faith