Aware and Careful
Today, on social media, I watched a woman sitting in her car talking about how she had seen for herself in her town that human trafficking was going on and the people who seemed to be targeting people were not just going for young girls but for more mature women, too. She was shocked and visibly shaken by this and was warning everyone to be careful and be aware of their surroundings. I do not intend to minimize this in any way. We do need to be aware and careful, and this kind of thing can be very disconcerting and, yes, dangerous. We live in a world of trouble.
Aware and Careful, but Not Fearful
We do live in a world that has much trouble. There is so much that we could be afraid of. There are many evil people in this world who will take advantage and hurt people when they get the opportunity. However, this I know: God is bigger than all that evil. We do need to be aware and careful but we do not have to live in fear. But how?!?!
We are continuing our week on fear and the ways God has given us to deal with it. Last time, we talked about Psalm 56:3 and a few other verses. Today, we will also talk about a couple of verses.
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
When Jesus said this to His disciples, He was preparing them for His arrest and crucifixion. But this applies to us just as much today as it did for them then.
Lots of Trouble
We do see lots of trouble in the world and we can easily allow it to make us fearful. That is not God’s best for us though! And we do have a choice.
Let’s Look at our Verse:
“I have told you these things so that in Me, you may have peace.”
He has given us His entire Word so that we can have His peace. The disciples did not have the benefit that we have in the New Testament. I cannot imagine that.
Let’s keep going:
“In this world you will have trouble.”
He tells us plainly, right here. And He is talking to believers (as much as they had the capacity to believe at this point), the ones who knew Him best. We are never promised a trouble-free life, are we? Actually, it is quite the opposite.
Now the last and best part:
“But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We can have peace and not live in fear because He has overcome the world. We must trust Him in His sovereignty. We do not have to live on this earth in fear. That does not mean that there is no evil and nothing bad ever happens but that God is bigger than it is. It also does not mean that bad things won’t happen, but God is sovereign over everything.
I had someone very close to me growing up who was so afraid of so many things. She was paralyzed by fear. It robbed her of her quality of life. She did not know how to deal with it. She loved the Lord with all her heart and she was a mighty prayer warrior, but she never realized that she could be free from fear. She is with Jesus now and knows very well His peace and has no fear whatsoever! I am so happy for her! I praise God for her! I know her prayers bombarded heaven for me.
It Is A Decision
After my breast cancer year, I went for a physical and my doctor asked if I did my monthly self-exam. I said, “No. I don’t.” She asked why I didn’t. So I told her that I would have to live in fear to remember to do them and I was determined not to live in fear. I had previously realized this and I knew that I would suffer with breast cancer for the rest of my life if I let that fear grip me – even if I was cancer free. I am sure God had been the One to show me this.
Like Kudzu in the South
If we let fear grip us in one area of our lives it will creep into other areas – just like kudzu in the South. I refuse to wake up one day afraid to leave my house. How about you?
Another Reason to Fight Fear
It is one of Satan’s “go to” tools to keep us from glorifying God. If we are living a life gripped with fear, how will people see how great our God is in us?? And He is so great, INDEED!!
“1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say of my LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'”
I have shared these two verses in Psalm 91 before but we might need to read them every single day. Real rest accompanies God’s peace. God’s peace is so incredibly powerful in that there can be a very real reason to be fearful but we are trusting our Lord and resting. What a Mighty God we serve!!
I am going to write both John 16:33 and Psalm 91:1-2 on index cards and begin memorizing them. I want them in my head more than all the garbage spinning around in there on a daily basis! My prayer for you is that you will trust the Lord and be able, in Him, to live without fear. I encourage you to memorize these verses as well! May He be glorified in all we do!
You can also read, Controlling Our Thoughts.
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