Fear Not!

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Fear Not!

Several years ago, I was visiting some alternative websites that were speaking of apocalyptic types of things that were supposedly coming soon to America. I was trying to “prepare” myself for what was coming. I don’t know that one can ever fully “prepare” for the apocalypse! Anyway, I began to battle a lot of fear. This was during the time when we were hearing of Isis beheadings on the nightly news. Well that certainly didn’t do anything to help the fear that was rising within me!

I was spending a great deal of time reading Matthew 24 and Revelation 6. I noticed that the disciples were asking Jesus what the signs of His coming would be. Jesus explained it, and I believe He explained it in order of how things would transpire – giving them clues to know exactly what to watch for. Since our God is a God of order, and not confusion, I don’t believe He would explain the end times scenario in a chaotic way because He wants us to understand so that we aren’t like the five foolish virgins who weren’t ready when the bridegroom returned. I wanted to be like the wise virgins, but with all of the fear I was battling, I knew something needed to change.

During this time, I was greatly concerned about how I would respond if I had a sword at my neck, and someone telling me convert to Islam or die. Would I have the strength to withstand? I had serious doubts, and that scared me even more. The thought of it made me cry, thinking that I might not be strong enough to stand firm during that kind of persecution.

Finally, the Lord led me to get away from all distractions – stop visiting the alternative websites, stop watching stuff on You Tube, stop reading any books except for my bible. I have to say – that was one of the best decisions of my life!

Previously, I would cry at the thought that I might not stand my ground if I had a sword at my neck. After being steadfastly in the Word of God for over four years, now I cry at the thought that I would even think about denying my precious Lord and Savior. So what made the difference?

By immersing myself in the Word, I let that living Word fill my life. (Colossians 3:16) I learned the truth of Romans 10:17 – faith comes through hearing, and hearing through the Word of God. Notice that it doesn’t say we gain faith through listening to online preaching, reading other books, visiting alternative websites.

I found so many precious promises and words of encouragement for when we face trials and testing. I discovered so many truths about God’s character – things I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else. I found that He is faithful and steady, in spite of my feelings. I learned not to depend on my fluctuating emotions, but on His eternal Word, which stands firm in the heavens. (Psalm 119:89) Like Abraham, I discovered that the Lord is my exceedingly great reward! (Genesis 15:1)

While things in this world will continue to decline until Jesus returns, I have learned to abide in the shadow of His wings, and enjoy the peace that passes all understanding. (Psalm 91:1, Philippians 4:7) Jesus has become my portion and my prize. (Psalm 16:5) I have learned to pray, “Let me die the death of the righteous.” (Numbers 23:10) My goal is to seek His approval in all that I do. (Galatians 1:10)

Though nothing had changed in my outward circumstances, my focus changed immensely! My spirit was being renewed and changed from glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18) I found that the joy of the Lord truly is my strength! (Nehemiah 8:10)

Now, when those old feelings of fear start to raise their ugly head, I run to the Lord and cry out to Him for His mercy. I cast my burdens upon Him because I have learned that He will not forsake the righteous. (Psalm 55:22) He has never failed me, nor forsaken me. I remember the words He spoke so many times: FEAR NOT!

© 2019, Stacy R. Miller

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