Not Afraid!

So much is going on around us that we sometimes hate to turn on the radio or television. We would just rather not have one more thing to worry about. David feared for his very life, so he was on the run for a long time. But he had such a relationship with the Father, that he drew close and comforted himself in that regardless of the circumstances, God was on his side and would protect him and love him unconditionally. Why worry dear friend, when we, as a child of the King, can do the same as David?

DATE POSTED Saturday, 2021-10-02
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Psalm 56:2-4
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)

BIBLE TEXT: Not a day goes by without somebody harassing me. So many in their pride trample me under their feet.
But in the day that I’m afraid, I lay all my fears before you and trust in you with all my heart.
What harm could a man bring to me? With God on my side, I will not be afraid of what comes. The roaring praises of God fill my heart as I trust his promises.

APPLICATION: It seems to me that there are three distinct parts to our Scripture from Psalm 56, and it would be good for us to understand each of the three:
1). Recognize our stress points – David felt like king Saul and his men were harassing him, and there were many who just trampled him under their feet, in their pride and arrogance. For us, there may be things such as Covid, or its remedies, or the things imposed to help protect us from the disease. It may be our fellow employees who degrade us and make us feel inferior. It may just be a low self esteem. I believe it is important that we not act like everything is OK, if we are actually stressed to the limit over something in our lives;
2). Know where to turn when stress becomes overwhelming – David knew that in any given day when he was feeling overwhelmed, he could pull up alongside Jesus and everything would be alright. God was the one Solid Rock in his life that brought relief and contentment. For some of you, it may be alcohol or drugs. For some it may be overeating. For some, you have to deal with the anger that wells up inside of you when others pick at you. Know where you will run to when life is filled with overwhelming stress, and it seems like every one is picking on you;
3). Be confident when you run to your rescuer – David had no doubt that when he did his part in seeking out God, or drawing closer to Him in his time of trouble, that He alone could save and only He could mend a broken and stressed heart. Let me encourage you to be that confident in the one that you place your trust and faith in to help you through life.
I believe that it is extremely helpful to also plan a time of praise and thanksgiving when you realize that God resolved your issue. So often after pleading with God for a long time, we become involved in life after seeing our resolution, and don’t remember to even return thanks to the Almighty God for His goodness. With a humble heart you may ask God for help in resolving the issues at hand, but it is always with a thankful heart that you come back to the table and thank Him for His goodness and His miraculous touch. If you’re afraid, my friend, you may not have sufficient faith to trust in God for all your problems. Strive diligently to trust in God and call on Him as Your Master and Lord.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: With God on my side, I will not be afraid!

PRAYER: Lord, as You are well aware, we are faced with one stress right after another. And even though these may not necessary come from an individual trying to harm us, yet we struggle to overcome these things. You are our strength, You are our protection and You are our provider. Please remind us of Your presence and how You are standing with open arms to receive us unto Yourself, especially when we feel overwhelmed. You provided peace in the midst of the storm for Peter and his brothers; You provided comfort and contentment for David in his time of stress, and I am convinced that You stand ready and willing to bring us comfort and release when, and as, we need it. Oh that others may see You for who You are and for all that You can be in our lives. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Our Strength and Our Guide

Paul was mentoring his son in the faith, Timothy, and doing everything possible to warn him about situations he would possibly face as he entered his mission field. To face the challenges, Paul found it important to remind Timothy who his ‘support arm’; ‘encourager’; ‘strength’ and ‘guide’ would be. Perhaps we need to be reminded of this as we enter each day and face the many challenges that await us!

Post Date:

Friday, 2017-11-03
SCRIPTURE

From:

2 Timothy 1:7-8a (ERV)

Text:

The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.

So don’t be ashamed to tell people about our Lord Jesus.

OBSERVATION:
Paul was mentoring his son in the faith, Timothy, and doing everything possible to warn him about situations he would possibly face as he entered his mission field. To face the challenges, Paul found it important to remind Timothy who his ‘support arm’; ‘encourager’; ‘strength’ and ‘guide’ would be. Perhaps we need to be reminded of this as we enter each day and face the many challenges that await us!
APPLICATION:
There are probably two or more types of people today. Those who face each day with vigor and vitality, knowing that they have been given another opportunity to bless others and celebrate God. While the other group probably moans over the mistakes of yesterday and can’t imagine how much worse it will be today in their world. Friends, we are reminded in the Scripture today that God’s Holy Spirit resides inside those of us that have surrendered our lives to His lordship, and that we have nothing to be afraid of. Through Paul, God is reminding us that His Holy Spirit:

  1. Does not make us afraid – This makes me think that any fear that arises must be Satan’s way of trying to discourage or weaken our determination;
  2. Source of power – We are reminded that our weaknesses mean nothing, compared to the power source that we have in the Lord Jesus Christ. When we tend to worry about how certain things will be accomplished, let’s remind ourselves whose power is supporting us!
  3. Love – Knowing that we are loved by the Creator and King of this universe, gives us encouragement to do our best, to not be afraid and to face each day knowing that God has everything under His control. God loves us way too much to see us plunder through life in doubt or without hope;
  4. Self-Control – Buried deep inside of us is the old self that is bursting to expose itself at every opportunity. However, we are reminded that God’s Holy Spirit provides us with self-control. I tend to think of that as keeping the ‘old self’ under submission, and allowing the Spirit to expose us in the light of Jesus Christ. We should always have a desire to have others see Jesus in us! An old preacher had a reminder note stuck to his pulpit “Oh that they might see Jesus”. I pray that often, because I want to be used by Jesus in His ministry. Let them look at me but see Jesus in all that I do or say.
PRAYER:
Thank You Father for Your Holy Spirit. You knew from the very beginning that we could not live in this world under our own strength and still win over the ills of Satan. You have blessed us with power, love, self-control and bravery to not be afraid in this world, for You are with us in every way. What a joy and oh what peace, to know that our Savior is also our Master and Lord. We need your strength each day Lord, please help us to represent You in every part of our character. AMEN!
FOOTNOTE:
There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!