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Firmly Planted

Sisters, we are on a journey to get to know our God. One day, we will be face to face and will see Him clearly. But for now, our understanding of Him is often distorted by: our own sin nature drawing wrong conclusions about Him from our experiences and longings; the world’s deceptive opinions about the spiritual realm; and, Satan’s constant battle to turn us away from our God.

God’s Word is our lifeline to the Truth. Psalm 1 encourages us to delight in and meditate on God’s Word day and night. It goes on to say that if we do this, we will be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever we do prospers.” We would never think of discontinuing drinking or eating for we know we would waste away. In the same way, our spirit is dependent on God’s Word and prayer for spiritual food and water.

Earlier in my discussion on “No Fear of Bad News,” [link below] I mentioned how I used to be afraid of something terrible happening. This can also be called the “What if....” syndrome. “What if” I lose this job? “What if” I never get married? “What if” something terrible happens to my child?” But God’s Word says that He is always present with us to help us in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). He will renew our strength (Isaiah 40:31). He will work all things in our lives for our good (Romans 8:28). He has a plan for our lives to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). We are more than conquerors and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:37-39). We can do all things through Him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). He will provide for all our needs (Matthew 6:25-33). Saying “what if” brings us into bondage. He is sovereign, powerful, good and loving. Whatever He allows to come your way, He will give you all you need to handle it.

You see, our fears come out of unbelief in God’s character and His Word. When my three year old nephew died, I was tempted to spiral into depression because I felt God had forsaken my nephew, my brother and sister-in-law. But my mentor helped me see that God is good even when we may FEEL He is not good. His Word is clear that He will NOT forsake us. In our days and days of tears from loss and sorrow, my family chose to trust that God is good. Is this easy to do? NO! But it is possible in God’s strength and through prayers of surrender. “We can have no fear of bad news; our heart can be steadfast, trusting in The Lord. Then our heart will be secure, we will have no fear; in the end, we will look in triumph on our foes (Psalm 112:7-8, modified by this author).”

"No Fear of Bad News"

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