Psalm 22, 52, 82, 112, 142
...a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear...
Uh Oh, if this is the mark of a righteous man I am far from it. Fear is one of those things that, while it does not control my life, I do find it creeping in from time to time. And when I allow it to - it can take over for a while.
It reminds me sometimes of those Mucinex commercials. Do you know the ones I am talking about? Where those ugly green... umm... I think they are mucus?! Boogers, essentially. The Boogers come in, set up house and make themselves comfy.
Fear seems to do that in me. If I let it in the front door it sets up camp and stays awhile. It throws a party and invites all of it’s little fear friends. Before you know it I have a full fledged rave going on inside me.
Where is the mucinex for that? What can I take to flush out the thick gooey slime that is fear?
Thank God we have the ultimate physician. His prescription has already been written and it’s effects are as comical as those commercials. We can laugh as a dose of the Doctor’s remedy flushes out that arrogant fear that thought it had a place in our hearts.
So here it is, take two of these and call on the the name of the LORD...
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
Thank you Lord for this. All the world has to offer me produces heartache. You give the antidote if I will accept your peace and reject all that the world tries to pollute me with.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. (Matthew 10:26)
We do not have a God who desires to keep secrets from us. He wants to let us in on his great big plan. In fact He is so gracious and kind that he told us early on... HE WINS!!!! There is nothing to fear when we know the ultimate outcome!
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. (2 Corinthians 4:7-11)
It’s like a time release pill. It’s in us... always, FOREVER! Doing it’s work. We get to carry around Jesus. He is at work in us revealing himself to us and through us to the world, in whatever way he chooses. Sometimes the method he uses may seem scary. What have we to fear, however, when we know we are in the best care possible. We are promised we will not be crushed. Will not be left to despair. We will never be abandoned. If He is at work in your life, even when it hurts, it can only produce something beautiful! In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire —may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
(1 Peter 1:6-7)
(1 Peter 1:6-7)
Well I feel better already! How about you?
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