15th January 2019

Fear Not

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)

It is so easy to get intimidated. You may stand up for yourself but you then face a boiling row. They try to ban bullying in schools, but what about those adult bullies? Sometimes, in trying to do the right thing as a peacemaker, we inadvertently allow the bullies to win. One of the dangers of bullying is that it can easily destroy the ‘self-worth’ of the victim.

Recently I saw a film that greatly encouraged me. Victims of oppression kept saying that God had given them freedom, which is a good sentiment to remember. We may face oppression but God does not want us to worry. Apparently, the King James Bible uses the expression “Fear not” or “Do not be afraid” 103 times. It seems to me that this is one of God’s favourite sayings. Indeed, we are given some wonderful words in 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” Someone once wonderfully said, ‘As we think, so we are’ – are we dominated by love or fear? Love desires that we all get on well, but God does not want us to cower in the face of oppression.

We should also remember that God wants us to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). If we lack understanding or wisdom about such difficult situations, then we can go to Him and ask for the help we need.

Remember those great words that God gave to Joshua: “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

Please, Holy Father, help us all to have balance in all we say and all we do so that we get on well with each other, free of worry and free of fear. Replace our anxiety with the Spirit of joy. We ask you this in Jesus’ holy name.

Study by John Merchant

About the Author:
John Merchant attends the Nottingham Grace Communion.

Local Congregation:
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane

Meeting time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Richard White
Email: nottingham@gracecom.church

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