... a weekly letter of encouragement.
December 6, 1995
FEAR and ANXIETY are tormenting and crippling emotions that can plague the soul to its core. In Isaiah 41:10 - 16, God assures us of hope:
If you feel ALONE or ABANDONED - God promises you His presence:
"Do not fear, for I am with you" (vs. 10)
"Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God." (vs. 10)
If you feel WEAK or HELPLESS - God promises you His strength:
"I will strengthen you." (vs. 10)
"I will uphold you." (vs. 13)
"I will help you." (vs. 10, 13, 14)
If you feel VULNERABLE - God promises you His protection:
"Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; those who contend with you will be as nothing, and will perish. You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent." (vs. 11, 12)
If you feel ILL-EQUIPPED - God promises to make you into His powerful instrument:
"Behold, I have made you a new sharp threshing sledge with double edges: You will thresh the mountains, and pulverize them, and will make the hills like chaff. You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, and the storm will scatter them..." (vs. 15, 16a)
RECEIVE HIS PROMISES TODAY SO THAT INSTEAD OF BEING HOBBLED BY FEAR AND ANXIETY, YOU WILL:
"Rejoice in the Lord" and (vs. 16)
"Glory in the Holy One" (vs. 16)
The danger in seeking relief from FEAR and ANXIETY however, is our tendency to seek the peace itself, rather than the Lord Jesus, the source of peace:
"He Himself is our peace" (Ephesians 2:14a)
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you...let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." (John 14:27)
Seek Him. Wait upon Him. Cast your burdens upon Him -- and inexplicably, your fear and anxiety will dissipate. You will then find yourself alone with the Savior, the Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
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