Do Not Be Afraid – God is With Us

Do Not Be Afraid – God is With Us

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During a time that it is easy to be angry; a time of frustration; a time of fear; confusion. A time you feel the urge  to point your finger in accusation.

I encourage everyone to consider that in a time of severe turmoil, the Psalmist David commented,

 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 

You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:1-14

David knew that in time of great turmoil, it is easy to become scared, confused, angry and blameful.  Additionally, he knew that as God’s creations, we can not hide our thoughts from our loving Heavenly Father.

Instead of allowing his anger over the current situations affecting his life to alter the course God had set him upon, David chose to put away his fears, anger and temptations to blame others for his problems, so that he could stand before his creator, praising God for his life and relationship with God.

Yes, in times like our current situation, it is normal to be angry, scared, confused and to assign blame.  However, where do such thoughts come from?  

John wrote, 

For the devil has come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Yes, Satan has a very short time left before our Heavenly Fathers kingdom will come.  He is a like a roaring Lion, attempting to devour everyone he can.  1Peter 5:8. 

How as mere humans, can we resist a powerful and evil angel, whose number one mission is to destroy us…to turn us away from our loving Heavenly Father?  

Pray with me now:

Heavenly father, we know that the worlds governments are running out of answers.  That your children are turning on each other and that Satan is working overtime to turn your faithful away from you.

Oh Heavenly Father, we know that you know every thought that we think.  We know that we are your creations and we praise you for your long suffering and mercy towards us; even when our thoughts do not give glory to you.

We ask you to give us strength through these tough times.  To help us to stay focused on what your plans are for each and everyone one of us.

Please give us the strength to resist the tools Satan uses on us, including the fear of losing or own lives and or the lives of those we love, so that we may stay focused on our service to you.

We pray for all of your children, O’Lord and praise you for how you have wonderfully made us all. In our Savior’s name, Jesus Christ, we humbly approach you.

Amen.

May God bless us all.  For my family and I, our home resides with God.  

Pastor Bill and Deborah Lucas