I picked up the Telegram on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and glanced down on A2, and read the following quote from Dorothy Thompson [1893-1961], “Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.”
After I read it I shouted, ‘’Atta girl!” It pumped me up and energized me. Thompson’s quote is reinforced by many verses in scripture that are meant to encourage the faint of heart.
The Bible says,
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 NKJV.
God is for us ladies and gentlemen! If we believe this truth, who in the world can come against us and win? NO-BODY!
This verse is one of my all-time favorites. When I have faced times in my life that have been tremendously difficult, I have shouted these words out loud by myself and on other occasions, I have uttered this proclamation only as a gentle whisper asking the Lord to intercede for me or others that I’ve prayed for.
Fear diminishes us greatly and paralyzes our capacity to authentically live. Fear pushes us down…sometimes so far that we lose all hope even to exist.
Fear literally sucks the very life out of us. Stress, anxiety, depression, anger, bitterness, resentment, etc., all have at their core…a sense of fear.
What in the world are we afraid of? Is it that we want to control every aspect of our life? And when we find out that we can’t, do we end up freaking ourselves out to the extent that the four-letter word ‘fear’ creeps in?
When I think of fear, another passage comes to mind.
Don’t be in fear of those who can kill only the body but not your soul. Fear only God, who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. You can buy two sparrows for only a copper coin, yet not even one sparrow falls from its nest without the knowledge of your Father. Aren’t you worth much more to God than many sparrows? So don’t worry. For your Father cares deeply about even the smallest detail of your life. Matthew 10:28-31 TPT
There is a reality that is far more devastating than our mortal deaths, my friends. The above passage is clear about it. Know for certain that after you die, Christ has the authority and the absolute power to throw you and everything that makes up you, into Hell. Experiencing the ‘second death’ is far worse than the first. This horrific place is reserved for anyone without Christ. No one will escape this maxim.
So, fearing those who might do us or our family harm is one thing. Not respecting [fearing] the One who commands the destiny of our very souls might be one of the root causes of what keeps many awake at night…
There have been and will be many instances in our lives that call to question this notion of fear. Knowing that God is intimately aware and concerned about every detail should calm us down tremendously.
If you have doubts and fears about relationships or circumstances that have surrounded you in the past, or now in the present or what might occur to you or loved ones in the future, settle the matter quickly and choose Jesus personally. He will guide you in the way of truth and help to ease your fears in this life greatly.
Letting go and letting God handle ALL of life’s details is difficult for most of us. Try memorizing Isaiah 41:10 and when living throws you a curveball, pronounce it out loud early and often! And, fervently pray that God will extend His peace that passes all understanding in helping you overcome whatever is in your path. Be confident that He will not disappoint!