“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;”
I will help you.
My Precious Child,
No matter what you are facing, don’t be afraid or intimidated. Don’t be discouraged or dismayed. As you walk through the “wilderness” of the world, there’s no need to fear because I’m your God, your Heavenly Father, and I’m always watching over you. Don’t panic.
I’m the Friend who will never leave you alone or forget about you. I’m right here by your side. When you feel too weak to go on, I will give you the strength you need to endure. I will help you through this. I will hold you up and support you. I won’t let you fall. I will hold your hand with My firm grip. I’m not letting go!
Believe in My promises to you. You have nothing to fear.
Love, your Heavenly Father
Trust that God is big enough to supply anything you need: comfort when you’re in pain or grieving, healing when you are sick, safety when you face danger, compassion when are heart-broken, friendship when you are lonely, support when you are weak, courage when you are fearful, provision when you are in need, and never-ending, limitless love and grace to all.
Peace I leave with you;
My peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27 (NIV1984)
Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles;
It takes away today’s peace.
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV1984)
The Lord is the light of my salvation-
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life-
Of whom shall I be afraid?
Though an army besiege me,
My heart will not fear,
Though war break out against me,
Even then will I be confident.
Psalm 27: 1, 3
God does not lack the power to bring order to a chaotic world…or a chaotic life. You may not be engaged in a physical war, but you may feel besieged by a battle you are facing in your personal life. Your struggle could be a medical crisis, a relational rift, a financial stress or an internal trial. Regardless of which type of war is breaking out against you, you can find the strength to endure by placing your trust in the One who is the light of your salvation and the stronghold of your life. With God by your side, you can face any situation with courage and confidence…and without fear.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…” Hebrews 6:19
Do you ever feel as though life’s circumstances are engulfing you like a powerful rip tide, pulling you into a tumultuous sea of despair? You are powerless to the force of the current, and the more you fight against the flow of events, the weaker you become. When life is seemingly out of your control or when events take a sharp, unexpected turn, remember that by placing your hope in our Heavenly Father, He will be the immovable anchor for your soul. His promises are unchanging and true. His love is unfailing. His strength is limitless. Regardless of what you are going through, you will be secure in His grasp. Just as a ship anchor holds firmly to the seabed, our hope is firm and secure when our souls are anchored in God.
When the World says “Give Up,”
Hope whispers, “Give it One More Try.”
“We have this Hope as an
Anchor for the soul,
Firm and secure… ”
Hebrews 6:19 (New International Version, ©2010)
“But You Yourself (God) have seen trouble and grief,
observing it in order to take the matter into Your Hands.
The helpless entrusts himself to You;
You are (our) Helper…”
Psalm 10:14 (Holman)
God is watching over you
God is observing each minute of your life. He sees everything you are going through. Nothing is too difficult for Him to handle. He wants to take your trouble and grief into His hands. Entrust your life to Him and seek His Heavenly Help.
“Getting your Hands Dirty”
40A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
41Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured. Mark 1:40 – 42 NIV
Leprosy was an incurable, disabling skin disease which terrified people. In keeping with Jewish Law, lepers were considered unclean and were unable to participate in any religious or social activity. They were the ultimate outcasts of Jewish society. They were banned to live in leper colonies outside the main areas of the cities and were not allowed to mingle with the healthy population.
However, when Jesus saw this diseased, leprous man, he had compassion on him. Despite his visual appearance and all the dictates of Jewish law, Jesus reached out and TOUCHED this man with his hand of healing. This reaction went against every belief of all those people who were watching. Jesus looked beyond the disease and saw inside the man. In doing so, Jesus demonstrated a valuable example to his followers. The real value of a person is on the inside. Outward appearances of a person’s body may be deformed or diseased, but the person inside is no less valuable to God. No person is too disgusting or disfigured or diseased for God’s touch.
In a sense we have all been diseased and deformed by the ugliness and disfigurement of sin, and we could, therefore, be considered leprous in the eyes of God. Instead of looking away from us in disgust, God had compassion on all sinners when He sent His son, Jesus, who touched us with love and forgiveness and gave us the opportunity to be healed.
When is the last time you got your “hands dirty” in the name of Jesus? When your feel repulsed by someone, take a moment and think about how God feels about that person…and how he feels about you. Stop and ask yourself, “What would Jesus do in that same situation?”