Don’t Let Fear Stop You: 1

 

‘Whom shall I fear?’ Psalm 27:1 NAS

Life’s filled with fear-inducing situations: worry about sickness, study, unemployment, rejection, other people’s opinions. Left unchecked, fear will steal your inner peace.

Chuck Swindoll takes us through Psalm 27 and reminds us: ‘David met fear head-on at his front door with two questions. “Whom shall I dread? Whom shall I fear?” And he slammed the door in fear’s face by declaring, “My heart will not fear… I shall be confident” (Psalm 27:3). Then he walked back into his house, reminding himself how to counteract fear’s attacks. Prayer: “I have asked from the Lord” (Psalm 27:4). Vision: “I behold the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4). God’s Word: “I meditate in His temple” (Psalm 27:4). God’s protection: “In the day of trouble He will conceal me” (Psalm 27:5). Worship: “I will sing” (Psalm 27:6). Rest: “Wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13–14). Determination: “Let your heart take courage” (Psalm 27:14). Courage isn’t limited to the battlefield… Its real tests are broader… deeper… like remaining faithful when nobody’s looking… enduring pain when the room is empty… standing alone when you’re misunderstood… It can be as simple as saying “No”, as uneventful as facing a mountain of laundry… God’s medal-of-honour winners are made in secret… away from public acclaim.’

When fear pops up, God says, ‘Be strong and courageous!’ (Joshua 1:9 NAS) Dick Mills writes: ‘Every commandment…comes with the assurance that we can perform it. God doesn’t issue orders we’re not capable of fulfilling… Courage and strength were given to you by God. Courage motivates our will, and strength accompanies our effort.’

SoulFood: Eccl 11:7–12:1, Ps 39:4–13, Jas 4:14

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017

Today’s Readings

Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:1

Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.

So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity.

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

10 Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.

12:1 Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;

Psalm 39:4-13

“O Lord, make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!
Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
and my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
Surely a man goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in you.
Deliver me from all my transgressions.
Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
I am mute; I do not open my mouth,
for it is you who have done it.
10 Remove your stroke from me;
I am spent by the hostility of your hand.
11 When you discipline a man
with rebukes for sin,
you consume like a moth what is dear to him;
surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah

12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and give ear to my cry;
hold not your peace at my tears!
For I am a sojourner with you,
a guest, like all my fathers.
13 Look away from me, that I may smile again,
before I depart and am no more!”

James 4:14

14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. (ESV)

Sun 13 August, 2017


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