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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Fear Not"

Spiritual Gift
"Fear ye not, neither be afraid:...."
Isaiah 44:8



I have never appreciated being scared by someone. Some people love scary stories, horror movies or haunted houses. It doesn't register with me why someone would find enjoyment out of being in terror on purpose - but, to each their own. For me, I guess, it goes back to childhood days and being told to go get something out of the basement. No place on earth was filled with more horror than our basement. I can recall each quiet step I took down the stairs and the slow, creeping walk across the room to retrieve what I was sent to get; and then the all-out-mad-dash back up the stairs with monsters in full chase! Can you recall similar childhood fears?   

God admonishes us to "fear not" over and over again in the book of Isaiah. These "fear nots" are backed up by various reasons why God's people should not be afraid.

1.God is with us no matter the circumstances, and He strengthens us no matter  the task.  "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10
2. He holds us as He helps us.
"For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel."
Isaiah 41:13-14
3. He will not forsake us because He made us and redeemed us, and we belong to Him. "But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine." Isaiah 43:1
4. How can we be afraid when God's words are sure and He is the Rock of our salvation? "Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any." Isaiah 44:8

Black Bart has been a menace to our Vacation Bible School the last few years. In reality, Black Bart was a menace to the whole nation from 1875 to 1883. He robbed upwards of thirty Wells Fargo stagecoach lines, and made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars. He did all this without ever taking a hostage or firing a single shot. Black Bart put a hood over his face and made terrible threats to the stage drivers. Soon his legend began to spread. From New York to San Francisco, Black Bart was the most feared outlaw in the nation. Just the mention of his name brought terror to the hearts of stagecoach lines. He learned that if he could strike terror into people's hearts, fear would do the rest.

Don't let the ol' devil strike your hearts with fear! He is powerless against our God!


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Previous devotions

"A Great Awakening" - October 24, 2012
"The Fabulous Fabulist" - October 17, 2012
"Rest" - October 10, 2012

"Time Out" - October 3, 2012
"The Right Call" - September 26, 2012

"The Ability Which God Giveth" - September 19, 2012
"The Presence of God" - September 12, 2012
"Why God Delays" - September 5, 2012
"As the Whirlwind Passeth" - August 29, 2012
"In HIS Time" - August 22, 2012
"Happy Are Ye" - August 15, 2012
"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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Words of Truth - March 28, 2012