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Jan 17, 2010



The Word on Fear


God's Word has much to say about fear. Here is just a brief summary to encourage you:

Do not fear or be dismayed. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Fear of others will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. So, trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest. Your father knows what you need before you ask him. So do not worry, saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today's trouble is enough for today. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
Gail

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