|Freedom from Fear #60
by Joseph Prescia
We are bold, we are courageous and we fear no enemy! Why? Because we trust in the one true God. He’s our refuge and He is our strength. We will not be intimidated by any man, terrorist or otherwise. We can not afford to give up our liberties for the sake of safety. Our forefathers fought to preserve this freedom so that we could enjoy it today.
“Those who sacrifice essential liberty for temporary safety are not deserving of either liberty or safety.” Benjamin Franklin
Those who do sacrifice essential liberty for temporary safety are doing so on the basis of fear. Fear is what causes people to make new laws in an attempt to protect themselves. But a new law does not take away the fear on the inside of that person. Fear slowly eats away from the inside out. Fear enslaves. Fear holds people in captivity.
When the children of Israel left the enslavement of Egypt they were afraid to trust God in the desert to supply their need. They needed a leader to remind them of the Word of God, that He could be trusted, that He was their refuge, that He could perform the impossible in order to protect them. When they had the Egyptian army ready to attack on one side, the mountains to their south and the sea behind them, all seemed hopeless for those who were afraid. But God is not limited to the five senses. God rescued them by opening up the Red Sea and using that same Sea to destroy the Egyptian army. Had Moses led these children of Israel with decisions based upon fear they would have all died in that wilderness. But instead he reminded them of the words and promises of God and led them to victory.
Isaiah 51:12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; (KJV)
All fearful threats shall cease with the last breath of that person, but God is eternal, God is all powerful. God comforts us all the time, not just in time of trouble. A new law would not have changed the hearts of the fearful, nor would it have stopped the Egyptian army from killing the Israelites. See how shallow a new law is in comparison to trusting God at His Word with your whole heart.
Today we have the written Word of God to remind us that God will supply our every need. He can be trusted to perform that which He has promised. He will never leave us or forsake us. He is not mad at us for our sin, but instead wants us to remember that Jesus Christ has forgiven all sin and made it possible to have a close and trusting relationship with God. So spend time reading and believing the written promises in the Bible to build your trust in God rather than upon the fearful words on men.
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