Have you ever come across scriptures that kept on repeating these words to you;
Do not fear, do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, do not be dismayed. By the look of things we are not given much room of options here. It is not a request but a command, we ought not to be afraid as the word puts it. God help us because this is just so out of our nature.
How do I act so out of my usual, ordinary nature and not fear as God commands me to? I remember when God approached Abram before He blessed him, His first words to him were ,DO NOT BE AFRAID,Abram for I will protect you and your reward will be great. It’s like the bible is full of reasons why we ought not to fear. The God of the universe is with us through every situation.
As I post this I am listening to a song by Amanda Cook called, You Make Me Brave. His presence is amazingly tangible right now. I am trusting that a bit of this will just overflow into your life as you read this. Here is a bit of what this song says;
No fear can hinder the promises You make
No fear can hinder the love that made a way
As Your love in wave after wave crashes over me, You make me brave
For You are for us, You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
These are beautiful, life filled words. The champion of heaven is for us and he loves us. No fear can hinder the love that made a way for us friends.
I love the movie, The Croods. Yes, I love animation movies :):):). I don’t know how many times I have watched this movie now. Yes, I’m the kind that repeats movies and memorizes every word,just.
In this movie we meet an interesting family that lives in fear, in fact the father of this house tells his household to never not fear. He is busy building fear in the hearts of his home because of His experiences. Eep did not agree with this cave behavior of living in fear. She wanted out. Eep met with Guy, who was chasing after tomorrow. A brave and courageous dude who was living out of his cave.
This movie reminds me of prophet Elijah in the bible, who was sent running for his life by Jezebel.
1 Kings 19
Elijah, the great prophet of God runs into the wilderness over Jezebel’s threats. PICTURE THAT. I think at this moment he is having troubles discerning the presence of God. He is doubting him. When he got to the wilderness he requested to die, he had had it.
I don’t know if you have come to that point, where you want to take your own life because of an overwhelming situation you are going through. But in this story God sends an angel to strengthen Elijah and just minister to Him. If you are at this point of panic in your life, I pray that God will send His angles to come and minister to you.
Elijah then went to Herob,……only so he can hide in a cave. What a pleasant place. At this point I am confused at what this great man of God is doing.
Cave Christians, the first reaction we have when faced with threatening situation, is to go hide ourselves from God and his people. Fear sends us to our caves.
God came to Elijah and asked him a question that I thought was a bit weird, He asked him what he was doing in the cave. I mean he is God , He knows what just happened, he knows why Elijah was in hiding. God then told Him to come out of the cave, He wanted to talk to Elijah. Why do we bury ourselves in our caves when God is whispering words of life outside our caves? If we could only step out, boldly trusting that He is standing right next to us. He is with us through everything.
A great wind tore apart the mountain before Elijah’s very eyes, and shattered the rocks. Then came an earthquake, followed by fire. The word says after the fire there was gentle whisper of God. The great prophet had to hear the whisper of God to get out his cave. A lot of us when times are tough, we hope that God will come in some dramatic way to rescue us out of our horror. We expect him to come with great fiery performance and we miss Him. God is comes in a sound of ‘sheer silence’ when fear is making noise around us.
I am trusting that God will break us out of our caves and just pour his love upon us. That is how he delivers us from fear. Freedom from the chains of fear God. Teach us to stand in your love when everything around us is shaking. You are our solid rock. 2 Timothy 1:7, For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.
There was such a time in my life when I was going through a threatening situation, I was so shaken and afraid. I panicked.
It was after I wrote my exams and my results did not qualify me for a government sponsorship. My mother couldn’t afford to sponsor me for my studies. I remember going to church and the whole service my eyes were swollen and red from crying to God. One of the elders in the church pulled me aside and prayed with me , then he told me to go home and close the door behind me and speak to God. I went home and did exactly what he told me to do. At this point I am still crying.When I was sitting there with God he led me to a scripture so common, Jeremiah 29:11. As I read it something in me broke. God just ministered this scripture to me in a way I have never experienced. I sobbed. God in that moment reminded me that He is in control and that He is good. His presence in my room was just so amazing, his peace calmed me down. My soul was so rested in Him. God cares for us. While to cut the story short I was sponsored to go study in the most strange way ever(story for another time). God provides friends.
We all have caves, pleasant burial. Those moments when fear just gets hold of us, stopping us from living the life that God purposed for us.
God’s purpose for your life supersedes your safe refuge.(Peter James) This for me just means God will move us out of our caves, a place of fear into a place of complete confidence. AND THEN WE CAN LIVE IN WHAT HE PURPOSED FOR US.
God is still whispering out of our caves today, step out and hear his words of life.
He doesn’t want us to live in fear.