Fear … NOT

Fear doesn’t always look like fear. It can show up as anxiety or nervousness or worry or stress or dread or tension or stomach problems. It robs us of sleep and rest. Fear blinds us and steals our praise.

 

I’ve battled my share of fears; and still rebuke the devil about them (James 4:7 PTL!) Fear of falling, getting hurt physically; fear of lack of swallowing (spitting saliva); fear of being too slow (my mobility); fear of being a burden (not able to drive; generally needing periodic assistance with seemingly simple tasks) …

 

The Bible tells us over and over to: Fear not, do not be afraid, take heart, to name a few words of encouragement.

 

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 

2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

Good news, fear was conquered by Jesus on the cross. In the name of Jesus, the giant of fear must fall. Since fear is not from God it is a tool of the enemy.
We must keep the focus of our hearts on Jesus. That’s because hearing Jesus and seeing Jesus and focusing on Jesus builds up our faith, and faith is the antidote to fear.


Psalm 118:8
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

 

2 KINGS 6:15-17 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.  And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

 

When we look at the world situation, it is easy to cry out like the servant of Elisha. But when we are tempted to be afraid, it is only because we are not seeing the reality of the whole picture. God is for us, so no matter what comes against us, it can never prevail over us.

Phil 4:8-9
 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Psalms 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.




 HE NEVER SLUMBERS OR SLEEPS

Psalm 121:2-4 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

 

Isaiah 40:29-31 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 

I wrestled with what to post this month; updates about myself???? etc… I felt encouraging words were the way to go for this post. Recovery is a process. A l-o-n-g process and don’t I know it. It’s okay to sigh and not wear a constant smile. We are human. Therapies (especially when you’ve been discharged from out-patient) seem overwhelming and consuming. I sometimes feel there’s not enough hours in the day. I need to do x and y to gain strength, oh, what about z to improve motor skills and coordination, then there’s a and b. If only… I could go on. Then when you omit some stuff to do “fun” things or visit you feel guilty. The devil will play on your mind in many ways. It’s easy to grow weary.

 

The Bible tells us even the youth will faint. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. God is NEVER tired, faint, slow, or sleeping.

 

God’s got this.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 




 What is your legacy?

What is your legacy? What will be said or remembered about you? Can someone recall a negative feature or moment when they encountered you?

 

We are human. Mistakes will be made.  Hindsight is 20/20. But … how you react is key. What did you do to right your wrong? I hope restitution was made. After that the ball’s out of your court.

 

I don’t want to fail God in any way. The devil uses discouragement and down-troddeness (is that even a word?) as tools; sadly, they are effective. He wants us, you, to feel like a failure.

 

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

 

It’s never too late to make things right.




 Reminder from God

 Tell Your Heart To Beat Again

 

You’re shattered
Like you’ve never been before
The life you knew
In a thousand pieces on the floor
And words fall short in times like these
When this world drives you to your knees
You think you’re never gonna get back
To the you that used to be

Chorus:

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday’s a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again

Just let that word wash over you
It’s alright now
Love’s healing hands have pulled you through
So get back up, take step one
Leave the darkness, feel the sun
Cause your story’s far from over
And your journey’s just begun

Let every heartbreak
And every scar
Be a picture that reminds you
Who has carried you this far
‘Cause love sees farther than you ever could
In this moment heaven’s working
Everything for your good

(italics mine)

 

Physical, emotional, spiritual … much healing has taken place in me over the last 8+ years. Sometimes now I’m at a loss for what I can do to get stronger, move forward (mainly in a physical sense). I feel my future’s unsure. What do I do? When? How? The questions seem to pile up as I seek to realize God’s plan for me. Then I’m reminded (God reminds), sometimes through song lyrics like these, that He has a plan and there shouldn’t be worries.

 

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

Matthew 6:34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 

 Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

 

 




 Be the Light!

MATT 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Notice that he doesn’t say we should be the light of the world, he says we ARE the light of the world! If we don’t shine, we are not fulfilling our purpose! But what does it mean to shine our light?

Light has one primary purpose, to dispel darkness. Imagine sitting in a large auditorium with no lights on and no windows to let in natural light. We would be in pitch darkness, but if one person would light a match, everyone would see it.

The light of one small match can dispel the darkness of an entire room. It doesn’t take a huge spotlight to make a difference!

Shining our light means that we reflect the very nature of Jesus in everything we do.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We must not hide that light under a bushel or in a church building. We must let it shine. How will people see that light? Through our good works.

The German atheist philosopher Nietzsche once said that if he saw more redeemed people he might be more inclined to believe in their Redeemer. Christians who do not have changed lives have a credibility gap. If I am trying to tell you how great my doctor is, but I am dying under his care, you might question his skill. If I try to tell you how great my auto mechanic is, but my car is leaving black smoke out the exhaust, you will probably be reluctant to entrust your own vehicle to him. What good does it do to tell people how great our Savior is if they cannot see that we ourselves have been saved from sin? Let your light shine.

1 John 1:5-6 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

If no light shines from your life, you have no relationship with Christ and you are bringing dishonor to Him. It is a sad thing for someone to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and continue to live an openly sinful life. It brings disrepute to Christ and the gospel. It is a stumbling block for unbelievers. It is certainly not effective in convincing anyone that Christ has the power to transform lives. Our responsibility as disciples and evangelists is to have lives so transformed by the Word and the inward presence of Christ that everyone can see His light reflected in our acts of kindness. [various works compiled by Felicia]

Choose to see the good through the bad!




 Let us be Wise Men (& women)

2 Samuel 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

 

You remember David once said, I will never offer to God that which costs me nothing. So they offered the most costly things they could. But the greatest gift they gave was not the gold, frankincense or myrrh. The greatest gift that they gave the Christ child was the gift of true worship. That’s the greatest gift anyone can give Him.

 

John 4:23-24  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

It was there in that house that they yielded their lives to one who was greater than they were. They adored the child and gave the gifts that they had carried all the way from their homes in the east. When they returned home they were empty-handed but were full hearted because of the worship from the heart. The treasures they gave the child were worth little compared to the value and fulfillment they had in their hearts in worship.

They had worshipped the King of the Jews.

 

 

The heart that can worship the Lord gives our entire lives a sense of fulfillment and meaning. Worship makes us whole because it meets the need of our inner being, our soul, our very core. God is worshipped, adored, and given honor. He is the one who created us and to respond to God in love makes life large and whole. Without worship of God we put ourselves in the center of our lives and we end up giving greater emphasis to ourselves.

 

Worship is a way to maintain perspective in the midst of life’s pressing demands. Most of us live our lives according to the “priority of the urgent”. We run from urgent demand to urgent demand. The problem is that we neglect that which is important. When the magi came face to face with the Christ child, the only thing that became urgent was ‘to worship him.’ They did not look to themselves.

 

They did not lift themselves up, but lowered themselves, bowing down in worship. If we take time to see the baby at all this Christmas, worship will not only be appropriate, it will be a necessity. Worship is a natural and appropriate response to the goodness and greatness of God. To worship means to pay tribute to, to honor, to revere God. When one comprehends God, truly sees him, it is the only appropriate response. [borrowed & compiled thoughts of others]




 Blessed

Psalm 1 – Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

 

Blessed! That’s the key word. It’s not that I did something so great, but God did great things for me and will do great things through me. God chose me for His team, and I am confident He’s going to make a beautiful player out of me. The training will be rigorous, but my coach is my God. And I trust Him. He’s great! I am blessed! [Nelle A. Vander Ark]




 Do Good

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

 

According to Psalms 37:3, the 1st step is: “Trust in the Lord.” I don’t admit to know all that that means. Certainly it means, in part, that I must recognize that God gave me a work to do and a place to do it.

 

And, believing that my work is God-given, I can go ahead with Him confidently, happily, and take the next step: “do good.” Say those 2 words to yourself 3 or 4 times, changing the pace and the tone/accent each time, and you will begin to see how, in two words, the Lord gave us a lifetime of work – of purposeful, godly living. “DO GOOD!” [Nelle A. Vander Ark]

 

We have that choice EACH morning. What are you doing? How are you doing it? What attitude do you display?




 Be Ye Holy

SANCTIFICATION is the act of cleansing or purifying the heart from inbred sin.

 

HOLY = dedicated to God; consecrated; sacred

 

WHY IS SANCTIFICATION NECESSARY?

 

Sanctification is necessary because even after we are justified the carnal mind is present in us.

 

Those who have carnal minds cannot fully obey the Bible.

 

Romans 8:7, 8   Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

We refer to the carnal mind as the Adamic nature. The Bible also calls it the “old man” and the “flesh” meaning the natural man or fleshly mind.

The Bible shows that the “old man” can be “put off” – “crucified.”

 

Colossians 3:9, 10 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Romans 6:6, 7 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

The following verses show that people were sanctified, thus proving that this is a definite experience.

 

Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and ours:

Jude 1:1  Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

 

1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:




 My Prayer

As I reflect back on my recovery and progress, I can be nothing but thankful.  Although there are many things that I cannot currently do  (or I have to attempt using a different approach), I choose to focus on the good; things I CAN do. 8+ years on my life’s journey hasn’t been and isn’t an easy, la-tee-da, paved highway. In fact, the road is the path less traveled and it has made all the difference. Thank you Mr. Frost!

The world says Give Up. The Bible says TRUST GOD. (Prov. 3:5)

The world says it’s too hard. The Bible says My yoke is EASY and My burden is LIGHT. (Matt. 11:30)

The world says you can’t do it. The Bible says I CAN DO ALL THINGS. (Phil. 4:13)

The world says you’re not strong enough. The Bible says I don’t have to be. (Ps. 18:2)

To every question the Bible has the answer. The Lord inhabits our praises. He is our joy. The I AM is whatever we need if only we will Ask, Seek and Knock, He will answer.

 

Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.