Posted by: Larry Hoekman | December 7, 2018

In Christ — No Fear!

Day 3231: We should never get tired of TGIF on Friday!!! Thank God I’m Forgiven!!!

Scripture: For God gave me a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. II Timothy 1:7   I will have no fear of bad news; my heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. My heart is secure, I will have no fear . . .  Psalm 112:7,8a

Thoughts/questions: After I made my second sky diving jump, I bought a T-shirt that added sky diving to a popular saying at the time, ‘No Fear, shut up and jump!’ ‘No fear’ was a catch phrase during the 90’s, but fear is inherent within us and often serves as a safeguard or warning.

But God’s desire for us to live without fear has been consistent throughout! Rather than just trying to muster up courage and attempt to eradicate fear, He gives us the reasons as to why we are not to have fear! First, He has not given us fear as a gift, but His gift is for us to live a life of power, show love, and demonstrate self-control! We are to focus on these attributes with the result – No Fear!

Secondly, we don’t have to be overcome by fear, even when bad news knocks at our door.  Our hearts can be steadfast and secure BECAUSE we trust in our loving heavenly Father Whose promises give us hope based on faith and again, No Fear!

With God it’s far more than a mere phrase on a T-shirt! He wants our fear to be replaced by faith resulting in power, love and self-control! Put those in your heart and mind, not on a shirt!

Suggested Prayer: Almighty God, may my trust in You grow to the point that I am able to live without fear . . .

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