My friend, may I ask you a question? Why is it so difficult to be courageous, especially when we know we ought to be? If nothing can separate us from the love of Christ; why are we still afraid? Can we abide with our fears without being overcome by them?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Why is it so difficult to be courageous, especially when we know we ought to be? If nothing can separate us from the love of Christ; why are we still afraid? The Apostle Paul tells us that neither demons nor angels can tear us away from the love of Christ. Nothing today, yesterday or tomorrow can either. He pretty much covers all the bases. When you think about it, there really is nothing left to be afraid of.
God never said that we wouldn’t have fears. But He does say that we shouldn’t be ruled by them. He tells us that there is no fear in the world that is greater than His love, that fear will persist in this world until all these are crushed under the awesome fear of the Lord that will rule perfectly in our hearts when He comes in triumph on Judgement Day. We need never be ruled by fear because He has given each of us the ability to rule over fear through faith in Christ. Fear was defeated on the cross 2,000 years ago. We are fighting but a beaten enemy now.
Do you struggle with the prospect of never being able to overcome your fears? Find comfort in this; God did not fashion you to be ruled by fear. Dr. E. Stanley Jones writes, “I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety. In anxiety and worry, my being is gasping for breath--these are not my native air. But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely--these are my native air.” (Dr. E. Stanley Jones.)
Before Christ, fear owned us. Now we have been forged anew in the metal of Christ himself. Fearful? Always! Afraid, never! Not when we embrace this simple fact: “Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” It isn’t wrong to be fearful. Jesus struggled against the fears of this world. They were dark and evil then; they are dark and evil now. But one thing has dramatically changed since our Savior walked this earth. Although we still know fear, it no longer knows us. A beaten enemy must be feared but never will it rule us again.
We pray. Heavenly Father, there are so many things in life to be feared. Family relationships that are severed and distant, uncertain job prospects, health and safety, even things as seemingly innocuous as what the weather might bring tomorrow. There is a certain amount of fear in our lives nearly every day and it seems to be just part of how we need to live life and cope. Is there a better way Lord to deal with these fears? Thank God You have all of our fears under Your watch. We are never alone in our fears because You have sent your Holy Spirit to calm them and give us the peace that passes all understanding in Christ Jesus. Thank You Father. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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