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Sunday, September 15, 2013

There Is Absolutely Nothing To Fear!

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"Be not afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today." Exodus 14:13

And some say the Bible is out of date! They are the ones out of touch. God's Word is so far ahead of anything in this world today (especially so-called 'science') that it boggles the mind.

When confronted with dire circumstances and extraordinary difficulties, not knowing whether to go the right or the left, the course to take is to listen only to the Holy Spirit. "Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10 is not talking about 'going into the silence.' It is talking about meditating on the very Word of God and praying for the Holy Spirit of God to direct our paths. Why would we listen to the voice of some fallen and feckless spirit when the Creator Himself is available?

"Be not afraid" is one of the great messages recurring throughout the Bible. Isaiah 26:3 sums it up perfectly: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."

The enemy will come and whisper, "Give up." It's too difficult. Too hard. Too slow.  We want to do something, anything. But the very thing we should be doing during this time is having our eyes fixed on the Lord, because he will not only do something, He will do everything. He doesn't need us at all to accomplish His will, but what an honor that He wants to work through us.

God has us right where he wants us to be. It may appear all is lost, impossible; but our faith is being tested. We may be surrounded, with the enemy coming up from the rear - mocking us - telling us how foolish we look, how naive. How silly we look to other people. The enemy will not give up easily. He will prod us into pride, boasting, "If someone is blocking your way, take care of the situation yourself." Yet true faith never listens to arrogance, impatience, fear or despair, and cares not a whit what 'people' think. It only hears God's voice saying, "Stand firm," and then our faith stands as immovable as a mountain.

In every situation God has a purpose - often more than one. He wants to make known His glory to others, and He wants to teach us to trust Him completely. God said in Exodus 14:4, "But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am Lord." (They are about to be taught this lesson again.)

God promised that He would take care of them and that He was going to fight their battle for them. All they had to do was to obey, stand firm and be still - focus on God and on His promises. Nothing has changed. The same truth applies to us today.

It may be a situation different than we could have ever imagined, but He has a plan. He will get us to the other side of our Red Sea. He has not left us; we are not on our own. We do not need to fight this battle; we just need to stand still, firmly grounded in our faith and know that God "is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20.

God has a plan. We must maintain the posture of one who stands firm, ready for action, expecting further orders, and cheerfully and patiently awaiting the Master's voice. It will not be long until God will say to us as distinctly as He told Moses to tell the children of Israel, "Move on." He will close the door on this age just as He closed the door to the Ark once Noah was aboard.

Even in what seems the worst of times God would have us to be joyful and courageous, rejoicing in His love and faithfulness.  We are the apex of all His creation, fearless, strong, people of faith, hope and expectation.

He has given us every thing we need and He has everything under perfect control.

"Be not afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today."

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