When Fear Threatens

It’s on my heart to speak to anyone suffering from fear, in whatever form it takes: anxiety, worry, terror or dread.

The following scriptures came to my mind today. They are gold to me…precious in their truth because the Lord gave me these passages to fight with when I was going through fearful situations:

Psalm 112:7-8 Living Bible (TLB)

He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid but can calmly face his foes.”

Settle it in your mind and heart that your Father loves you & will take care of you, no matter what. I want to pair this scripture with a well-known passage from Exodus 14 (Good News Translation)

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had escaped, he and his officials changed their minds and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites escape, and we have lost them as our slaves!” The king got his war chariot and his army ready. He set out with all his chariots, including the six hundred finest, commanded by their officers. The Lord made the king stubborn, and he pursued the Israelites, who were leaving triumphantly.[a] The Egyptian army, with all the horses, chariots, and drivers, pursued them and caught up with them where they were camped by the Red Sea near Pi Hahiroth and Baal Zephon.

10 When the Israelites saw the king and his army marching against them, they were terrified and cried out to the Lord for help. 11 They said to Moses, “Weren’t there any graves in Egypt? Did you have to bring us out here in the desert to die? Look what you have done by bringing us out of Egypt! 12 Didn’t we tell you before we left that this would happen? We told you to leave us alone and let us go on being slaves of the Egyptians. It would be better to be slaves there than to die here in the desert.”

13 Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Stand your ground, and you will see what the Lord will do to save you today; you will never see these Egyptians again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and all you have to do is keep still.”

You know the rest. If you don’t, click here for the full account of the parting of the Red Sea. Sometimes all the Lord wants from us is to be still, in faith, believing that He will handle whatever is seeking to steal our peace & joy.

Blessings!

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The Reason You Can Count on God

There was a point in my life when my word didn’t mean very much. Just because I said I would do something didn’t mean I would follow through and do it.

I didn’t mean to let people down…or lie to them. It’s just that if I didn’t feel like doing what I had promised…I wouldn’t do it. Or I was unable to follow-through when the time came, either because I hadn’t made the necessary preparations, or I didn’t have the finances, or a better offer came along. I wasn’t a very dependable person.

I also had a habit of making promises I couldn’t fulfill. This was more with people I loved and cared about. Not because I didn’t want to make good on them, but because I hadn’t counted the cost of the promise. I hadn’t a clue how I would fulfill these promises, but I spoke up anyway because I wanted to see the people I loved happy, with good things that they needed & wanted.

Through God’s mercy and help, I’m no longer that person. And the reason I’m not is because God is dependable. He is trustworthy. When He speaks a word, He follows through, because He doesn’t make idle promises. Nor does He lie or change His mind.

Several versions of Psalm 138:2 express the following:

“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and give thanks unto thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.English Revised Version

or this:

“I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.

I really like the New Living Translation’s verse:

“I bow before Your holy Temple as I worship.
I praise your name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness;
for Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your name.

As David poured out his gratitude before God, he made known the reason for his praises: God keeps His word, and so His name is great among His people & among the nations.

The thought of not keeping my word now scares me, because I want to be known as someone dependable & trustworthy. I want to be considered faithful. When I make a promise to my children, I want them to believe it will be fulfilled, because they know I won’t lie to them. Because they have seen me come through for them time & time again.

This is how it is with God- only more so, because He never fails us. His name & His reputation are unfailingly good. Faithfulness & dependability are inherent in His very nature. He does not lie! When God speaks, He does what He promises!

Our part is to drive out the doubts that plague us about God’s faithfulness. We do this by learning what His word says on this subject; then by meditating on it and allowing the Holy Spirit to confirm the truth of God’s word. Then by speaking it out whenever doubt and unbelief try to take hold in our thoughts. Wonderful things start to happen when we simply believe God!

I want to share some valuable verses about God’s integrity & His faithfulness. I pray that you take them to heart & see them as the precious treasure that they are.  Praying that your faith increases as you trust in Him ❤

  • Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
  • Romans 4:20-21 But he did not doubt or waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and empowered by faith, giving glory to God, being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.”
  • Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful”
  • Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.”
  • Psalm 119:160 “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.”
  • John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth. Your word is truth.”
  • Luke 1:45 “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”
  • Hebrews 6:17 “God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind.”
  • Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”
  • 2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is.”

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Living By Faith

“Behold, his soul which is proud is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4

Another version of the well-known scripture above says:

“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God. Habakkuk 2:4 New Living Translation

What does this mean? Simply put, the righteous person, the one who is justified and put in right-standing with God through belief in His Son Jesus– this person lives a life of faith and trust in God.

The Christian life is walked out daily, living in communion with Christ, with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. We seek His way, learning what pleases God as we allow our thoughts to be transformed by the truth found in God’s word.

This takes time. Our relationship with the Father, through Christ, is built through time spent with Him in prayer, studying God’s word and by asking the Holy Spirit to help us understand it.

We confess our sins when we commit them, fully trusting that God is faithful to forgive us each and every time.

And so, as we go on growing in Christ, we grow in faith, trusting that what God say’s is true, even when our eyes see evidence to the contrary:

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

God is faithful to His promises. He is faithful…period. Trust Him and experience the peace and freedom that comes from of life well-lived in faith.

Blessings ❤

 

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Bless the Lord, O my soul…

I want you to focus on how many times the word “all” is used in this faith-increasing Psalm. Not only the number of times, but the object and context of “all” throughout this beautiful passage.

Read about God’s faithfulness, His character, His acts of compassion, His mercy & His kindness highlighted throughout this song of worship, exhortation & praise.

You are not too far gone, you are not without hope…if your hope is in the Lord.

Blessings ❤

Psalm 103

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
    he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his word,
    obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

I am the Lord that healeth thee