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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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December 4, 2013 - Fear Not!

By Jerry D. Scott

I am not a coward, nor am I given to running from life's challenges, but I sometimes experience fear. Knowing just how vulnerable I am to things as widely varied as microscopic viruses, out-of-control tractor-trailer trucks, and the ups and downs of the national economy is enough to give me pause.

That said, I do not spend a whole lot of time focusing on the potential dangers lurking around me. There is simply too much living to do! I will not let fear take away the joy of living.

My best ally in dealing with the uncertainties of life is the Almighty!

My life is in His hands. Either I trust Him or I do not; there is no middle ground. He is Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all. When I am tempted to be fearful, I renew my understanding of His rule over every part of my life and my desire to live in the center of His will. I don't claim to understand everything that happens to me or to those around me, but I trust God.

In the story of the birth of Christ the phrase, "Fear not!" (or "Don't be afraid," or whatever proclamation of peace you find in your favorite translation) is recorded on three separate occasions when persons encountered the messengers of the Lord.

Mary, when she was told that she would be the mother of Jesus, was not elated. Luke tells us that at first she was "confused and disturbed" (Luke 1:29, NLT) as she considered God's will. But the angel assured her God's favor would rest on her, and then he said, "Fear not!"

Joseph heard his fiancee was pregnant, and he knew he had not slept with her. He was torn between his desire to love her and his commitment to honor. He had decided to quietly end the engagement when the Lord showed up and told him, "Fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 1:20, KJV).

Zechariah was doing his priestly work, offering incense on the prayer altar, when he was told he was about to become a father. Elizabeth, his wife, had been unable to conceive and was now by all human accounts too old to have a child! How did Zechariah respond? "He was troubled, and fear fell upon him" (Luke 1:12). And what did God say to the priest by way of His angel? You've figured it out by now, right? Yes, you're right — "Fear not!"

Now the question comes to you and me — will we trust Him with all things? Will we argue for fuller explanations, demand that He make all His plans crystal clear? Or will we hear Him say, "Fear not!" and choose to live faithfully each day?

Here is His promise to those who trust and obey: "God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work" (2 Corinthians 9:8, NIV). "God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.' So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'" (Hebrews 13:5,6).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.




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