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Wednesday, August 15, 2012


I remember the first few times I saw T-shirts with NO FEAR printed on them. I didn’t get it. Someone told me it was something like not being afraid, the “just do it” idea, only stronger.

Not very realistic!

Who doesn’t fear? I have known kids who didn’t have any fear of heights. Some of them have dressed up like Superman and have jumped off small buildings, thankfully living to tell their stories. I knew one child—one of mine—who wasn’t afraid of water. I saved him from drowning three times! He would jump in, no matter the depth. Everyone has some kind of phobia or at least a healthy respect for heights, deep water, racing traffic, fire, mountain lions, and other dangers.

I am fascinated by the times in the Bible people are told by angels or the Lord “fear not,” “be not afraid,” “be of good courage.” I think we all have fears, very human fears, and we all need this message.

I just read Psalm 34:4 where David says, I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. This is the guy who killed a lion and a bear before he went out to kill Goliath! He says God delivered him from “all his fears.” If David had fears, and God could deliver him, I think we should take heart and let God take care of our fears too.

God encourages us to have confidence in Him. (Psalm 31:24)

He wants us to trust Him for the words to speak in persecution. (Matthew 10:19)

He wants us to be bold in prayer. (Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 5:14)

The Bible says we don’t have to live in fear, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee (Psalm 56:3).

No Fear? No, but I have God to help me when I fear. What a blessing!

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