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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Dec. 27, 2010 - What If, What Is

By Scott Harrup

What if …? The question is simple, and yet it is one of the most potent fear triggers. I ask it all the time. Some of my “what if’s” are minor. “What if the dog runs off when I let her out in the morning? What if we don’t get an early start on that long vacation drive?” Others can nurture dread. “What if one of our children is assaulted? What if that persistent ache turns out to be cancer? What if I lose my job and cannot provide for my family?”

Often, minor “what if” questions are the mind’s way of identifying a prudent course of action among each day’s many possibilities. But the big and frightening queries about the unknown tend to push us toward paralysis.

What’s the answer to overcoming the inertia of “what if”? I find a powerful antidote to “what if”-inspired fear when I read the promises of God’s Word. The Bible offers myriad “what IS” statements anchored in the personal guarantee of my Creator. Here are just a few examples.

“Our God IS near us whenever we pray to him” (Deuteronomy 4:7, NIV, emphasis added).

“My God IS my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He IS my stronghold, my refuge and my savior — from violent men you save me” (2 Samuel 22:3).

“Your love IS ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth” (Psalm 26:3).

“He said to me, ‘My grace IS sufficient for you, for my power IS made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

That last passage is a favorite, because it bluntly takes into account all my foibles, mistakes and even sins. It factors in every debilitating circumstance I may encounter. It reminds me I will never have it all together and that I will always be a vulnerable and flawed human being who struggles with the same challenges as everyone else. And over all of those negative acknowledgements it places the immovable capstone of God’s grace and power.

For every “what if” that even begins to worm its way from the cesspool of worried possibility into feeble reality, God’s “WHAT IS” remains victorious.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (



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