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Friday, June 11, 2021

Think About It

Be Not Afraid
Pastor B.J. Knefley

We seem to be living in a time that fear has gripped the hearts of many. How has this happened? How have we learned to be afraid? Is it because we have our trust in the wrong things or people? Are we conditioned to swallow everything we’re told simply because the “experts” have said to? We believe only to find that we’ve been deceived. The sad reality is that there are people in this world that play off our fears and use that fear for their advantage. But is there a deeper problem? Jesus said that in this world we would have troubles, (John 16:33). I guess he got that right didn’t he? But then he said,” be of good cheer for I have overcome the world”. What does he mean by this? Isn’t he saying to trust in him through all these troubles? Isn’t that a choice that must be acted upon? Why don’t we? Perhaps we like being our own god where we try to control everything.

A favorite scripture of mine is Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” With words like this, why should we be afraid? Is it simply because we don’t trust?

I get it, trust isn’t easy especially when we’re being told of all the dangers that are around us. We try to protect ourselves and our family from all kinds of evil and tragedies only to be overcome by them anyway. When we’re not victims we’re still consumed by worry and fear to the point that we are consumed by it every day. So how do we get trust/faith? Practice!

The Apostles, they walked with Jesus every day and yet upon his arrest, they scattered. When they saw Jesus after his resurrection, he told them to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit before they did the next thing. In other words, faith comes through a relationship and the power that’s found in that relationship. Sometimes it’s one step forward and two back. Trust takes practice, everyday practice. When you blow it, get back up and start again. Think about it.

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