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Discover the Book - October 6

  • 2012 Oct 06
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The Antidote for Fearfulness

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear.
-Psalm 56:3-4, emphasis added

We live in a world that is possessed by fear. The "spirit of fear" is all around us--even in unexpected places. For example, once I was standing in line next to someone and was about to give my order when the clerk looked me right in the eye and said, "I know what you want." She then proceeded to tell me what I wanted to order. I asked her, "How did you know that?" She replied, "I am a psychic." "If that is really true," I told her, "I am sorry for you. You are going to have a bad ending."

That clerk didn't understand where I was coming from, so I continued, "The psychic realm is from the devil, and if that is who you are associated with, God says you are going to have a very bad ending." As she was confronted with the Word of God, her eyes widened and got hard as she exclaimed, "You are wrong!" A pastor from that town, in line behind me, whispered in my ear, "Don't you know that woman is a practicing witch?" And I said, "Well, I found out, didn't I?"

We live in a world filled with darkness. Therefore, God repeatedly tells us: "Fear not!" We are to live in constant touch with the God of heaven so that no matter what happens we can walk in boldness. I therefore challenge you, from the Word of the living God, to live what I call "the Word-filled life." This is what Paul described in Ephesians 5 as a Spirit-filled life, and in Colossians 3:16 he said to Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.

God offers His presence and influence to permeate each of us, for that is what the Word-filled life is all about. It means letting God take total control of us, much like that psychic has let the devil control her. To use biblical words, in a positive supernatural sense, God wants to utterly possess our reins, the very center of our feelings and passions. This applies even in fearful times, for that is when we should be most confident that we know Him. The Word-filled life is an anchor during those distracting times when the whole world seems to be falling apart around us.

Joshua is a wonderful example of how to conquer fear by living the Word-filled life. In Joshua 1:1-3, God himself commissioned Joshua to be the head of His army on earth-Israel. Then God promised: "Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.. . . . No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you" (vv. 3, 5 emphasis added).

Because it is natural to be afraid when facing what Joshua was facing, God reminded him: "Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may . . . do . . . all the law which Moses My servant commanded you . . . that you may prosper wherever you go" (Joshua 1:6-7, emphasis added).

Living a Word-filled life will conquer any fears you might have. Meditating on God's precious Word will provide the needed assurance that Jesus is with you always, even to the very end of life!

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