I was browsing my Facebook page when I noticed this saying on Southern Gospel singer, Brenda Ann Denny’s page:
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
That we humans pretend to be fearless is obvious. We all know fear is for women, and real John Wayne men never admit to having fear. Fearless is our middle name and Rambo our nick name. Sure!
Most people, men and women, harbor what Joshua was warned about, called in English Bibles, Dismayed, meaning to be paralyzed with fear, much like a rabbit that could easily outrun a python, stands paralyzed, too afraid to try. We often suffer fear of trying for any number of reasons, most of which are rooted in fear.
When the disciples were frozen to the present, Jesus told them this in Luke 12:32, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
If Christ promised the Kingdom to us, why do we fear what tomorrow holds? To live in fear is a clear departure from His plan as He states in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Ira Stanphill wrote numerous songs, but one of his most enduring is, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow, Bible based and offering a respite from fear.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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