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Do not fear

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 22 days ago | 508 views Link: https://goo.gl/b93uiW

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In Deut 31, Moses is nearing the end of his leadership over the people of Israel.  He will turn the leadership over to Joshua whom God had chosen.  Moses told the people that Joshua would go before them and that the Lord would lead them across the Jordan into the Promised Land. 

Moses said to the people, “Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD you God who goes with you.  He will not leave you or forsake you.”  After speaking to the people, Moses summoned Joshua and said to him, “….It is the LORD who goes before you.  He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.”

After the death of Moses, the LORD reassured Joshua with almost the same words, “…so I will be with you.  I will not leave you or forsake you…… Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Much later, toward the end of David’s reign, he said to Solomon his son, “….Do not be afraid and so not be dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God, is with you.  He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Years after Moses, Joshua, and David passed on, the writer of Hebrews reminds us of the same promise from our God.  He said, “…I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  So, we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

Repeatedly, we have this precious promise from our great God that He is with us and will never leave.  He also commands us not to fear.  He assures us that greater is He in us than he who is in the world.

Yet most Christians express that, at one time or another, we experience some fear in sharing our faith, especially if we have to start the conversation.  In some parts of the world, the fear might be more realistic.  There are places where proclaiming Jesus could lead to death.

But we thank God that, in the United States, we still have the freedom to share openly.  May that always be so.  Despite that freedom, we still sometimes fear being ridiculed or thought to be too radical or too ignorant.  Sometimes we struggle with knowing what to say or having the right answers.

Another precious promise is that He has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.  Our spirit of fear comes not from our Lord, but from our own weakness as we depend on our own strength instead of His.

May we look to Him rather than ourselves for our strength.  May we ask Him to drive out our spirit of fear.  May we be diligent to equip ourselves with His word.  May we look for opportunities to share His word.  May we so fall in love with Jesus that we can’t help but proclaim Him.  May we always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks a reason for the hope that lies within us.

Dale

 

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Mary Leadbetter

Amen.

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