We have nothing to fear!
14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the LORD's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
When Laura and I took the job as Assistant pastor/Youth/Music at Community Baptist in Punxsutawney they had actually purchased the old Church of God building and their old building was empty. The parsonage wasn’t ready yet…so they told us we could stay in the old building since it had a kitchen and bathrooms, stuff like that. So there we were stating in an empty church. Boy did that building make a lot of strange sounds. The first couple of nights we could barely sleep….every noise made us look up and around.
It does seem strange that in those moments where we are not in control of our environment we feel fear and apprehension.
Why is that?
The unknown. That’s why people who work in haunted houses during Halloween aren’t afraid. They know what’s coming and they are in control. They possess the house…the house is not possessed.
As Christians…we are never alone. The force that comforts, guides and protests us is always with us. The difficult part for us as human beings is giving up control isn’t it?
Someone wants to help us and that can be God’s way of saying…”I know you are overworked and your time is limited…so I have laid a burden on the heart of another human being with the passion to help you. We should never interpret that as losing control but yielding to the power of God being used in other people lives and in our own.
Fear can paralyze a person.
7And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. 12Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”
During the dark days of World War II the free world was on the edge of panic. Hitler seemed invincible. Through the blitzkrieg technique, he amassed victory after victory.
The blitzkrieg worked—not because the German bombers carried such a great load of potential destruction, nor because, as rumor had it, artillery shells would literally bounce off the German Panzer tanks. The blitzkrieg was effective because it was calculated to strike terror in the hearts of Germany's opponents.
It was a war of nerves. Special equipment had been attached to the otherwise slow Stuka dive-bombers to produce a bone-chilling shriek as they dropped from the clouds. Similar whistles were also attached to the bombs themselves. Upon hearing that sound, potential victims would tend to freeze rather than run for cover. Hitler's armies hit hard and fast in the most vulnerable and visible places, and the press was always on hand with movie cameras to show the disheartened prisoners, the decaying dead and the jovial, victorious Nazi legions.
So much of the fear came from artificial influences like noise and appearance. God is oblivious to those things…so if we ARE safe in HIS arms and WE ARE… we need not fear the things that will kill the body but not the soul, Easy to say…I can say it all day long…but that doesn’t mean I will never experience fear. BUT it does mean…God is still with me during those difficult times.