Thursday, March 10, 2016

Do Not Fear!

Fear not; for I am with you. Be not dismayed; for I am your God. I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

Do not be afraid or terrified; be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:2).

We often forget that Jesus experienced pain also. As Jesus was about to raise His friend Lazarus from the grave, the Bible reported that He cried. (John 11:35). He feels your loss and pain too because He loves you so much. Jesus sadness was equally apparent the night before His arrest, Do you remember that He asked His father to change the future, but only if God was willing. He knew what the future held and yet He had the courage to fulfill His mission. (Praise God!). He had the courage to face the tough times and fulfill His purpose. He will also give you courage as you are going through your difficulties as well.

Where is God when it hurts? Frankly, He is right next to you sometimes; and other times holding your hands, cheering you on, comforting you and whispering Isaiah 54:17 to your hears "No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of Me" and Romans 5:3-5 ...We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. Dear friend, Jesus is the Prince of Peace and when you invite Him in, He come along with His peace.

To be courageous is a command, and to not being courageous is to be disobedient to God. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous, do not be terrified; do not be discouraged for I will be wit you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9). "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us," Paul said "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:37–39).

Friend, there's no greater joy and peace then to surrender your being to the Lord and trust that is more than capable of taking care of you. Surely His arm is not too short to save nor His ear too dull to hear (Isaiah 59:1). Just put your trust in Him and go to Him with all of troubles. In pain, grief and love, God is always near. In our dark and lonely moments we may not have a complete understanding and we may not answers to the questions of suffering, but we can surrender ourselves into the hands of the one who made us, the one who does have the answers, and who will faithfully walk with us and lead us through the dark valley.

Be courageous, be fortified, and be blessed in Jesus name!

Praise the Lord!