Faith and Fear

Fear is like two large dogs and one very small dog with a cute bow in its hair barking ferociously! They are fenced in but their bark is deep and loud, just like fear! My dog runs to the opposite side of the road every time we run past them and their growls. We can stare at fear, or we can just keep moving past it with God’s help. We can shout out prayers and scriptures for help. We can stand tall and take on Jesus’ full authority. Praise and worship are super helpful because it reminds us who is in charge- our King Jesus, the Resurrected One!

“His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under His covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.” Ps. 91:4 (TPT)

You’re OK my dear, He whispers gentle encouragement to your heart even when the barking dogs (which is your fear, anxiety, panic, or dread) seems to be coming after you. Take on My full authority! Keep calling out to me my dear one, I’ve got you! His victorious work on the cross is beckoning you forth. His favor is gladdening your heart!

Running or walking through life, the valley can appear dark and shadowy even cold. Then, when you start coming out of the valley you realize now you are climbing up a muddy, rain rutted mountain! You notice you are moving slower, but you’re moving higher into the Sonlight! It can be a rough, rocky path, stepping one foot slowly in front of the other.

Just remember your Shepherd is guiding you with His rod and His comforting staff. He will pull you away from “the cliff of trying to fix yourself” especially when the enemy whispers you have to do it all by yourself and you’ve got to make things happen. God gives back what the enemy has stolen from you.  Let Jesus love you and comfort you. You are resting safe and secure in His loving arms. Ps. 25:5 (TPT) says, “Escort me along the way; take me by the hand and teach me. For you are the God of my increasing salvation; I have wrapped my heart into yours!”

In Psalm 25:5 The Hebrew word most commonly translated as “wait” (wait upon the Lord) is qavah, which also means “to tie together by twisting” or “to entwine” or “to wrap tightly.” This is a beautiful concept of waiting upon God, not as something passive, but entwining our hearts with Him and His purposes.

PS Jesus’ words to you do not change in the valley of despair. God says, “You are still my royal son or daughter wearing your crown and holding your scepter high!” I wonder if Esther in the Bible knew how winsome she was to other people. I wonder if she really realized the favor God presented to her in the form of a royal crown. Esther was held in captivity but she was held captive by the lover of her soul, Jehovah Ahava, which means God is love. I’ve thought a lot about Esther’s life.  There are so many details we don’t know.  There are so many things that aren’t written about her. Esther was an exile. I wonder if she and the girls were ever allowed to leave the palace grounds without a eunuch…probably not since she and the other girls had lost a lot of freedom.

We’re not told what the Jewish girls spoke about in the harems. I can imagine that they wondered when Yahweh would come and deliver them. Maybe you’re starting to wonder that too and you’re asking Jesus, “When are you going to come and release me out of this situation; out of my fiery trial?” Rest assured He has a solution even before you whisper that there is a problem. Esther was crowned queen of Persia with God’s great favor and behind the scenes care.

How many of us go through our lives not realizing the favor God has lavished on us. Just as He has lavished His love upon us as children of God, His love is our identity. The battles in this life are won with God’s help, grace, and loving guidance!

‘O Lord our God, let your sweet beauty rest upon us and give us favor. Come work with us, and then our works will endure, and give us success in all we do.” Psalms 90:12 (TPT)

Activate your faith and move fearlessly in Jesus, the Author, and Perfector of your faith!

Love, Holly

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