I came to my computer today not having a clue …well, that’s not altogether true.  I had a couple of ideas, but the point remains that I wasn’t quite sure what God wanted to say.   And, if He’s not saying anything, then there’s no point in my bringing my “drivel” to the table because what I have to say isn’t going to help anybody!

What makes you afraid?

My initial thoughts were having to do with fear and how it ravages our lives.  Our country is in a pickle right now..on the brink of changing forever, possibly.  In the world we currently live in we have fears for our safety, fears for our children and their future, fears of the outside world and those in it who might try to destroy us, fears about our marriages or lack thereof (being alone for the rest of our lives), fears about our looks, our jobs or lack of jobs, fear of lack, fear of rejection, and on and on and on it goes.   There is no lack of things that we can be fearful of.

We are soon approaching Halloween, which often manages to be a way more intense event than just a bunch of little kids getting obscene amounts of candy from neighbors, family and friends.  Fear escalates among the younger set, in particular, during this time of year.

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This is due in part to all the scary movies and cartoons that venture on to the TV for over a solid month…Family TV at that, a place where “scary” should not be.  We attempt to assuage our children’s fears by telling them “it’s just a movie” or “it’s not real” but the images are there nonetheless, and will pop out in their dreams in the middle of the night or stay in their memory to come out at some other time when least expected.  And all year long there are the Chiller movies, Syfy scary movies, and all the others combined, but during the month of October they bring out the “big guns” and scare the livin’ bejeebers out of us with movies that don’t normally appear except around Halloween.  Then, if that weren’t bad enough, the movie industry companies try to outdo each other to make the “scariest movie ever” to put on the big screen in theaters during that time frame.  (Don’t think anyone will ever beat Hitcock’s thrillers tho’…just my opinion).  What is it about our society that loves to scare itself so much?

On other fronts, we are daily blasted with bad or fearful news coming from the media, radio, TV, internet, newspapers, magazines, books, etc.  Crime of all kinds has not only increased but intensified in its’ brutality.  The suicide rate shows fear is a very tragic reality to far too many of our family members and friends.  It is no wonder that fear runs rampant in our culture and people are suffering deeply because of it.  We are surrounded by fear.

Well, I have good news!

This morning as I was reading my Bible, something I do not do as often as I would like or should, but I ran across a scripture that really blessed me and I would like to share it with you because God has something to say to us.

You can be free from fear!

I actually started in Hebrews 11 reading about all the heroes and heroines of our faith, accomplishing all they did without, in many cases, seeing the fulfillment of their faith until we came along so many hundreds or thousands of years later.  From Adam’s son Abel, offering a better offering than his brother Cain, on up to King David and some of the prophets…it was quite inspiring.  I would encourage you all to read those stories as well.  But as I read further and reached Hebrews 13, I found some verses that I’d underlined years ago, and was blessed all over again.  Perhaps the words will encourage you too.

Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)!  [Assuredly not!]  So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified].  What can man do to me?   Hebrews 13: 5, 6  The Amplified Version

What a fabulous promise we have from God!  If you are His child, you don’t need to be afraid when those tormenting thoughts come to discourage and threaten you.  He’s got you firmly in His mighty hand and will not fail you in any way or leave you without support.

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Yes, this world is full of plenty of things to fear, but grab hold of this Word, and so many others in the Bible that will encourage you.  Check out Isaiah 41:10,  2Timothy 1:7, Psalm 91  just to name a few. Memorize them and speak them out loud during times of fearfulness so the enemy of your soul can hear them too.  These are weapons that God has given us to fight the “fear war”.  They are very effective and will help you when you are struggling with this vicious enemy.  You’ll be surprised how that fear will dissipate when you start speaking faith words instead of doubt, unbelief, and fear.  I’ve tried it, lived it and I know it works.

Be bold and courageous!  God is good and He is on your side!