I Will Not Fear

hope erase fearFear can absolutely paralyze me. I am generally not a fearful person, but occasionally something happens and I sort of lock down or cower in fear. As I grow closer to the Lord, the instances of fear are much fewer and farther between. I can’t be describe or explain how much confidence that I have in the Lord. I’ve seen Him do the impossible and I’ve seen Him stand down. I’m learning more and more to trust His call on any situation that I face.

The King of Assyria who had a much larger army was threatening the King of Israel and his army. The odds were that Israel would be defeated and captured. King Hezekiah reached out to Isaiah to bring this matter to the Lord. Check this out…

6 Isaiah said to them, ‘Tell your master, “This is what the Lord says: do not be afraid of what you have heard – those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 7 Listen! When he hears a certain report, I will make him want to return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword.”’
31 Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah
    will take root below and bear fruit above.
32 For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,
    and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this. (Isaiah 37:6-7;31-32 NIV)

 

When I reflect on all that the Lord has done for me and through me, I should never fear what anyone can do to me. I serve at His wishes. I work for a much higher calling. The time I have on this earth belongs to Him. As I seek to earn a living, I must remember that He gives me the strength and the courage to face suffering, trials and even tragedy that comes my way. I can’t explain it very well, but He Who holds the world in place is also holding me in place. I will not fear because God is with me and He has this!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Stand Off

warThere are times when two opposing sides reach a point where they can’t agree or work things out and a conflict is about to begin. There are times when diplomacy reaches the end of its rope. In Isaiah the Israelites were faced with a serious threat from the King of Assyria. Their situation was challenge by an envoy from the King of Assyria. Check this out….

18 ‘Do not let Hezekiah mislead you when he says, “The Lord will deliver us.” Have the gods of any nations ever delivered their lands from the hand of the king of Assyria? 19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand? 20 Who of all the gods of these countries have been able to save their lands from me? How then can the Lord deliver Jerusalem from my hand?’
21 But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, ‘Do not answer him.’ (Isaiah 36:18-21 NIV)

 

There are times when I have to stand with what I know in the face of fear. The Lord is stronger than anything I could possibly face or fear. I sometimes just have to wait on Him to show me where and what to move.

One thing I do know about God is that He is not limited by my view of Him. He is much stronger than I could possibly know. His love is deeper and wider than I can fathom. The longer I walk with the Lord the more my confidence in Him grows. I was reminded of a passage in 1 John. Check this out….

4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4 NIV)

 

I will not be afraid.

I will be strong.

I will wait upon the Lord.

I trust in Him with all that I am.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

 

Bad News

Abstract Silhouette PrayingThere are times when I’ve received bad news and nearly knocked me down. There are other times when I’ve received bad news that I’ve stood strong and pushed through it. The difference between me being weak and me being strong is the Presence of the Lord. As I walk with the Lord daily I become stronger and more dependent on Him for my daily destination. I try not to get ahead of where He leads me. I’m convinced that His Presence in me can guide me through the worst news and the worst experiences. Isaiah tells a story of someone receive bad news. Check this out….

1 A prophecy against the Desert by the Sea:
Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland,
    an invader comes from the desert,
    from a land of terror.
2 A dire vision has been shown to me:
    the traitor betrays, the looter takes loot.
Elam, attack! Media, lay siege!
    I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.
3 At this my body is racked with pain,
    pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;
I am staggered by what I hear,
    I am bewildered by what I see.
4 My heart falters,
    fear makes me tremble;
the twilight I longed for
    has become a horror to me. (Isaiah 21:1-4 NIV)

 

When things look extremely dark – I just hold on. I know that the morning is coming. I know Who holds the future. I know that the Light of the Word is stronger than the darkest night so I hold on to Him. I will not fear because of Who He is and how He leads me. There are times when my stomach is turning, but my feet need to be steady and strong planted deep into His Word. When I walk through pain and struggle I will keep holding on. My faith will be tested at times, but I want to pass the test and keep hanging on to His Word and walk with Him in His way.

Pressing On!
Dwayne