JESUS said..."Don't be troubled, believe in GOD, and believe in ME..John 14:1
Yesterday I heard a man talking about leaving his glass of iced coke on the cabinet. By the time he decided to drink it, the ice had melted and diluted the coke to the point that it was completely watered down, tasteless. It was not the refreshing cola it is supposed to be.
His description of the useless coke reminded me of how fear of the challenging circumstances in our lives dilutes our faith. Our faith becomes so contaminated with fear that it is not able to be used for victory like it is intended.
Over and over in scripture God tells us not to be afraid, that He is with us.......
..do not be afraid..I am your shield..Genesis 1:15
..the Lord is with us..do not fear..Numbers 14:9
..do not be afraid, do not tremble or be terrified..for the Lord your God is He who goes with you to fight for you..Deut. 20:3-4
..do not be terrified or afraid...the Lord your God goes before you, He will fight for you....Deut. 1:29,30
..do not fear or be afraid...the Lord your God goes with you...Deut. 31:6
..do not be afraid...the Lord your God is with you...Josh. 1:9
..do not be afraid, or terrified!..Be courageous because of what the Lord will do to all the enemies you're fighting against..Joshua 10:25
..do not fear or be dismayed..for the Lord is with you..2 Chron. 20:17
..fear not, for I am with you..Isaiah 43:5
..do not terrified or afraid.., is there any God except Me?..Isaiah 44:8
..do not fear..Matt. 10:31
..do not be afraid, only believe..Luke 8:50
..It's Me. Don't be afraid!..John 6:20
..do not be afraid..I am with you..Acts 18:9,10
..do not fear..Rev. 2:10
Get the point? There is a reason these verses command us not to fear. Jesus does not want our focus to be on the adverse issues in the world, He wants our focus to be an unwavering faith in His powerful victory over them.
Our Creator is well-able to take care of all the needs of His human creations, giving us the victory over any situation in our lives (health, financial, relationship, etc.).
Fear of any kind contaminates our faith, diluting it so that we begin to doubt His ability to handle these circumstances. Fear magnifies the situation, making it more powerful than the Creator of the universe.
Come on now, doesn't that seem crazy?
Why would we have any fear if we know our Creator through a personal relationship? Nobody who knows Jesus as Lord should ever let any fear make them doubt His power. If we belong to Jesus, this means we are believers, and.....believers have faith that their Lord's power overcomes whatever is trying to cause grief in their lives.
Our stance is simple....it is to maintain faith in the Son of God (Jesus) who conquered evil. Jesus has dethroned the demonic realm; He disarmed those who once ruled over us--those who overpowered us. Like captives of war, He put them on display to the world to show His victory over them by means of the cross (Col. 2:15).
We simply stand on the victorious work, over all evil, that our living Lord Jesus accomplished 2000 years ago.....He did this for us! Now, step out in the faith that God has given you and intentionally let it develop into an unmovable assurance of this TRUTH (Romans 12:3, personalized).
Because of Jesus' great love for you, no matter what comes, you will always taste victory through Him..(Romans8:37, personalized).
Walk in victory over your circumstances today, if......Jesus is your Lord!