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TEXT: Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee
with the right hand of my righteousness…”

There are different kinds of fear. There’s the kind that warns you to stay away from fire. There’s the kind that cultivates respect for God (Psalms 2:11). ‘When you fear God, you don’t have to fear anything else.’ There’s fear that makes you feel helpless; sometimes it’s rooted in parental criticism or a bully’s threats, and although it’s groundless, it still haunts you. There’s the fear of failing, which if left unchallenged becomes the father of failure. Job said, ‘What I feared has come upon me’ (Job 3:25).

There’s fear of the unknown where your imagination runs amok. What if you never meet the ‘right person’, or you lose your job, or the biopsy confirms the worst? Over and over in His Word God says, ‘Don’t be afraid…I am with you.’ : ‘Life and faith always insist on moving on, move forward without leaving something behind.

Faith calls us out of our comfort zone…to learn new skills and minister in different ways.’ but we get uptight. We think, ‘What if God asks me to do something I can’t do?’ or ‘I don’t have the strength, wisdom, or faith.’ If you were relying on your own resources, you’d be in trouble. But the fact is, ‘God…knew you and chose you’ (1 Peter 1:2). Every time you meet a new challenge He strengthens you by proving that He not only supplies the tools, but is responsible for the outcome.

MEDITATION: Isa 41:10-13

II COR 8; 2 KGS 20 & 21; NAHUM 2

Godhead Interdenominational Ministry

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