Seeds of Courage My favorite CD for overcoming fear
That was until I heard Pastor Romaine’s insightful teaching from Legacy of A Servant, about trusting God even when our frightening circumstances tempt us from obeying what God has called us to--that is to trust Him (Prov. 3:5-6), and in turn be anxious for nothing. (Phil. 4:6-7)
In Pastor Romaine’s teaching, God had called the Israelites to enter the promised land—a land flowing with milk and honey. However, when Joshua and the spies returned from scouting out the land, ten of the twelve spies brought back a discouraging report before the Israelite camp, emphasizing there were giants in the land, whom they would certainly be no match against if they dared take these people's land.
Putting their fear in proper prospective, here Pastor Romaine points out:
“God had given them water from the rock, given them manna, fought all their battles up to that point, and all of a sudden [they believed] God couldn’t take them any further. That’s what happens to us. God can get you saved, give you everlasting life, and prepare a place for you. It says in John 14 ‘Where I am, there you may be also, because I’ve gone to my Father’s house to prepare a place for you, because I want you with Me.’ So we’re willing to believe, ‘Yeah, okay, I’ve got everlasting life. I go to be with the Lord. I don’t have to worry about it. That’s all been taking care of. Now all I have to worry about is how am I going to get the rent?”Ever since I heard this, I now see because God has totally secured my eternal life, having already provided for my greatest need: salvation, I can rest assured that whatever problems come my way, God will certainly be faithful to provide for whatever I may need (Philippians 4:19) and deliver me from whatever trial I face. (Psalm 34:17,19). He's got it covered.
God faithfully providing in the lives of the Israelites, time and again, before they scouted out the promised land, was more than enough proof that He loved them and was not about to abandon them and leave them to fend for themselves—especially now when they needed Him most. (Joshua 1:3-5)
The same goes for us. If we look back at the faithfulness of God in our life, it’s obvious that God loves us, cares for us, and has no intentions on leaving us or forsaking us—especially when we need Him most. (Isaiah 41:13)
So the next time we are faced with discouraging circumstances, we can rest easy that God, who has been faithful to provide for and deliver us in the past, will be faithful to provide for all our needs, and deliver us from all our problems--despite how intimidating our circumstances appear. As Casting Crowns sings it, "We were made to be courageous."
So as we take every fearful thought captive, and remember all that God has done for us, and all God promises to do for us, we can put our fears to rest and face each trial with eager anticipation of God’s faithful provision and deliverance in this circumstance. Perhaps these truths are partly why James instructs, “Count it all joy when you fall into trials of various kinds.” (James 1:2)
Question for you: Knowing God has already provided for your greatest need--salvation, how does that help put your mind at ease regarding the trials you are facing today?
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