Fear

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” John 14:27 (Amplified)

Fear can be overcome through the Holy Spirit of God. 2 Timothy 1:7 (Amplified) says, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

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30 Days Of…Day 17 – “Rejoice”

Today I was listening to a tv pastor talk about rejoicing in the Lord, so I chose to write about rejoicing.  Many times when we experience difficulties and hard situations, we wonder how are we supposed to rejoice in that situation. We may say things like this doesn’t feel good, or I’m in too much pain to rejoice. But in the bible, the writer Paul says in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!,” (Amplified). Rejoice means to be full of joy, to be delighted, and to be glad.

 

The question is how do you rejoice when troubles are knocking on your door, flying in through the windows, and chasing you down. Most of are not saying, “ok Lord, thank you for these troubles I’m having, or I’m so happy this is happening to me.” Most of the time if we are honest with ourselves, we are saying, “why me Lord” or “what did I do to deserve this.” We might even say something like, “I don’t think I can make it through this.” But God desires that we remember when we are “in” Him, we can always rejoice because He is there to carry our burdens. When we are “in” Him, His presence shines through even in our difficult times.

 

When we are in Him we can rejoice because:

  1. He is our shepherd. “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.” Psalm 23:1 (Amplified)
  2. God gives us what we need. “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (Amplified)
  3. His grace is enough for us. “But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully];…” 2 Corinthians 12:9a (Amplified)
  4. We can be of good courage because we know He’s got out back. “Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 (Amplified)

I can rejoice because I know that He has been there with me through the death of several of my loved ones. I can rejoice because I know that he has seen me through many nights in the ER room with my mom. I can rejoice because He saw me through 2 years of unemployment. I won’t say that any of these things were easy, but I chose to continue to rejoice in Him. The choice to rejoice made my time of going through difficulty easier to handle.

So I say to you rejoice, but don’t just rejoice, rejoice in Him!