Hello! How is everyone? Can you believe it is February already? Time does not stand still for anybody-it just continues to march on. As I stated last week, I am going to Isreal in five weeks (but, who’s counting?), and I have many people say they are happy for me and I had people speak THEIR fear on me. Silly things like “watch out for those missiles” and “did you get terrorist training yet?”; and other silly comments that comes only from a heart consumed with fear. The first thing I would like to say to that type of thinking is this-a) one must (or should) inquire of God for all decisions-especially a major one like traveling to another country. When we pray and ask God for His direction He is faithful to answer. He opens some doors and closes others. Believe it or not, He does say no. People are always surprised by that-I’m not sure why. Probably because they have not taken the time getting to know Him. Movin’ on… b) When God opens the door and answers your prayer, He usually opens it in a profound way-where you know without a shadow of doubt it couldn’t have happened without Him. He is so much bigger than any obstacle that may be in your path. c) He gives you peace-peace throughout your spirit, soul, and body. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
Trust. What kind of God would I serve if I didn’t trust Him? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6) “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. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4). Please know that His word clearly says “It is better to trust in the LORD, than to put confidence in man.” (Psalm 118:8). When you trust Jesus as your LORD and Savior, fear does go away. It’s not always an immediate response, but as we continue to grow in our relationship with Him, our trust deepens in Him and becomes stronger-just like any other relationship.
Love. I would like to leave you with some scriptures about God’s love for you. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:18-19) “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.” (Proverbs 8:17)
Until we meet again, it is my prayer that you remember to walk with confidence knowing God loves, cares and protect His own. If fear beckons you, cry out to Jesus and He will immediately give you the peace that surpasses all understanding. If one lives in fear, they cannot fully enjoy the gift of life God has given to them.
I pray you walk Every Day With Grace.
In His Love,