What do you fear? 355 terrorists killings in America alone this year. How can we keep calm and carry on? Jesus overcomes our fears. He warns against fear more than 100 times.
There are three types of fear. We fear for our safety. We fear God. We suffer from emotional fear. We let our emotions makes False Evidence Appear Real.
There’s all kinds of things to be afraid of. We should trust God because He’ll take care of us. Says so in Hebrews 13:5. Jesus transforms our fears when we release them to Him. The wise men released their fears to God and came and worshiped Him.
But here’s the problem. When we release our fears to God, we lose control, and some of us cherish control of our lives almost more than life itself. But when we give up control, when we surrender control, we find Jesus, and Jesus is LIFE.
In Isaiah 40:31, it says, “They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength, they will mount up with wings as eagles, they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not faint.” Waiting (patiently). It’s a great concept, but very hard to accomplish. In my life, I find I have to do a lot of waiting. In my job, I wait on answers from the client, or a decree from a judge, or 92 cars in front of me in traffic, or for the check in the mail. Sometimes I’m able to see through the wait to what God is doing for me by making me wait, but most of the time not. Some days I remember that wait and hope are the same word in Spanish, and I fervently hope that God is doing something, even though it sure doesn’t look or feel like it. Occasionally, very occasionally, I get around to trusting God, knowing that all things (even waiting) work together for good to those that love the Lord, to the ones that are “the called” according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28) That helps me relax. Rarely, I remember that passage in 1 Thess. 5:16-18, where it says, “Rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, in all things give thanks (even in the waiting) for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Continue reading →
Been stressed lately. My main source of income dried up. Had way too much to do and not enough time to do it all. Not getting enough rest. Not enough exercise. Heck, I don’t even have time to talk to my one kid still at home. He’s too busy too. Long days and short nights. Need a little relief. What can I do?
Well, I can think a little about God. Max (Lucado) says, “When you’re down, think of all God has done.” Oswald (Chambers) says, “We think everything should be turned into useful teaching. In fact, it is to be turned into something better: character.” Charles (Stanley) says, “When you need help, thank God for all He’s done.” Alistair (Begg) says, “All God has done for us should be saved and remembered, to bring honor and glory to Him.” Wow!
And I can pray and tell God I love Him. I really do thank Him for things He’s done for me, both long ago and in the last few days. I’m thinking about how I could use a little relief; a little peace and quiet; a little rest. Continue reading →