Do Not Fear - Saturday's Dose - June 22nd 2013

Saturday's Dose - June 22nd 2013 

Do Not Fear!!

Today's Scripture

"Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great". - Genesis 15:1.

Thoughts for Today

In today's world, Man has been severely affected by a menace called Fear. Some people fear everything in life. Some fear darkness, others fear diseases. For some others, anticipating the future causes a great deal of fear. In the same way, fear takes many forms and drives man crazy.

There once was a young and healthy man. Yet, he always felt as though he was constantly having chest pains. Due to this, he feared that his end was very near. So, he went to a hospital and underwent an ECG test. Only after seeing the result of the ECG did he feel satisfied. The doctors and the nurses treated him with great care during the initial period of visits to the hospital. But when they noticed that the young man stopped over at the hospital regularly for more than a year just to take an ECG so he could override his Fear, they stopped all his intensive care and dealt with him very casually since his ECG would be normal each time. Nevertheless, one day the man really got chest pains and hastened to the hospital. The staff recognized him but did not proffer any treatment, as they assumed that he had come merely for another ECG test. However, this time his chest pains were genuine and caused his death the very same day. This is a true incident. What Job said in Job 3:25 happened to this man, - "What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me"

Some people still have the fearful anticipation for certain diseases like Cancer. During blood tests if the levels of certain hormones or blood sugar or cholesterol slightly increase from the normal level, then there comes a dreadful fear for Heart related diseases. Even us, as Christians are not excluded from this fear. The fear for disease is less than the fear for the prediction of dying earlier due that disease.

Many times, I have been near dying people. I have witnessed them trying to rise and wave their hands strongly against something. I imagined that they were trying to defend themselves against the clutches of death. As they die, only sorrow is left on their face. There is no hope for people, who die without Christ. The prophet Balaam pleaded to the Lord - "Let me die the death of the righteous, and may my end be like theirs!" Number 23:10. Many righteous people were prosecuted, tortured, hanged to death. But they joyfully accepted all the sufferings as they clearly know – "For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it" Mathew 16:25.

Beloved in Christ, we should have the knowledge of our Lord, who created us. He is an Almighty God. Without His will, not a single hair can fall from our heads. Why then should we worry over everything? Why is there a fear for evil and darkness when our Lord is nearby? He is our protecting Light even when darkness encloses us. The Lord who is in our Heart is mightier and stronger than anyone on Earth. The Lord, who silenced the whirlwind with His words," "I Am. Do not be afraid", is with us even today. (John 6:18-25). He will silence all the storms and hurricanes in our life and leave us safely on the shore. The words "Do not fear" appear 365 times in the Bible. This shows us that God is encouraging us every day of the year. Don't you think that if God tells us not to fear, so many times, He really means it? He says "Do not fear", as He loves us a lot. Don't be afraid of anything. Face your fears with the Lord's help. "But now, says the LORD— the one who created you, Jacob, the one who formed you, Israel: Don't fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine"- Isaiah 43:1. The God who called Jacob and us is always faithful. He will protect us till the end.

Many fear the future. It is certain that we are going to have a wonderful future. So don't fear anything. We have a Father, who has carved us in His hands. He is always there to protect us. There shouldn't be any reason to fear in our lives. Those who have accepted Jesus Christ have a bright hope ahead.

Today if we die, we are with God; Today if we are alive, God is with us.

So, don't be like the imprudent and fear. Our life lies in the hands of our Father. Don't tell God how great your fear is, Face your fears and show it how great your God is. Surrender everything at His feet and lead a fearless life in Him. Amen, Praise the Lord!

When you pass through the water I will be with you, And the waves they will not overtake you. Do not fear for I have redeemed you. You are mine.

When you pass through the fire I will be with you, And the flames they will not overcome you. Do not fear for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name. You are mine.

For I am the Lord Your God. For I am the Holy One of Israel, your Savior

Prayer : "Our dear Comforting Father, we praise You for cheering us through Your words - "Do not Fear" every day of our lives. When You are with us, we do not have to worry about anything. You take care of us in a perfect way. We praise You for the care and protection that You shower on us. Abba, We ask You to comfort everyone who fears the economic recession around the world. Cheer them and encourage them with your blessings. Kindly fulfill all their needs. We pray that our brothers and sisters may rejoice in You with the hope that You are an Almighty God, who holds a prospective future for everyone. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.