Two encouragements for the fearful at heart

The past two weeks our family has been on vacation.  It was a wonderful and relaxing time away and it was just what the Dr. ordered.

On our way home my husband shared with me two different political decisions that were made by people who simply abused their power to make decisions that were not theirs to make.  Social media, news outlets, magazine covers, and newspapers exploded with the news of one of those decisions made late last week.

Anger, fear, judgement, horror, and many more emotions and thoughts raced through many minds.  Questions of, “Where is our country headed?” were passed around the dinner table and coffee shops.

As a mama my heart could easily become crippled with fear, wondering what kind of a country my now small children will have to live in as they grow into adults.  Can you relate?  Fearful hearts and the feeling of hopelessness is exactly where our enemy wants us.

Can I share some encouragement with you?

First, fear and hopelessness are not from Christ.  1 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  When fear threatens to overwhelm your very being, stop and pray!  Our enemy delights when we feel crippled by fear because if we are crippled, we are no longer doing what God has called His children to do.  We stand like a deer in the headlights, eyes blinded by our greatest fears {and imagined fears as well}, not doing a thing for Christ.  If we have accepted Christ’s gift of salvation there is HOPE dwelling in us!  There is PEACE that is accessible! Christ fills us with courage to share HIS LIGHT and HOPE!  Christ has called us to not fear but to be filled with courage!  Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”  Remember friends, Christ has already won the victory!

Second, you are not the only one desiring to live for Christ!  Yesterday my husband preached a message from 1 Kings and in that passage we read not one verse, but two how Elijah told the Lord he was the only one who was righteous in all the land.  God reminded him though, he was not truly alone.  God had a remnant of 7,000 people who were righteous and longed to live holy lives.  Friends, I know our country has been compared to Sodom and Gomorrah and I know the same sins that were in those cities are here in America, but hear this.  In those two cities, there was only one righteous man.  In our country there are still thousands of God-fearing believers!  They take on the forms of missionaries, Pastors, Evangelists, Camp Workers, Christian school teachers, Grandparents, Parents, Aunts, Uncles, and yes, even children.  There are still godly believers in our nation and they are burdened and praying for our nation, you and I are not alone!  I found the events of last week burdening my heart to make sure I am living a life right before God.  I felt burdened to make sure my husband and I are doing our best to raise our children up to be God-fearing, God-following adults filled with courage to stand up for Christ, no matter the cost.

We have lived in a nation that was founded on godly principles and full of freedoms, but our freedoms have made many become complacent.  Apathy oozes from God’s House.  Many claiming to be Christian but no evidences of true salvation are in their lives.  Take it or leave it church members leave God’s House half full.  Sports, parties, bitterness, blame, judgement, excuses and more keep people from even giving God one full day of worship.

Friends, I say this with a heart full of desire to see God’s people growing and thriving, now more than ever, we need to be a people of prayer, of righteous living!  Believers not crippled by fear but indwelt with a burning passion to hear from God and to share Him with others!  Not so bogged down with our own agendas, but realizing we were placed here at this very time in history, for such a time as this!

Hope in Christ!  Live as a victorious Christian!  Share Christ with others!  Take the light of Christ and let it SHINE!  When darkness is at its darkest, that is when the light shines brightest!

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8 thoughts on “Two encouragements for the fearful at heart

  1. While so much of social media exploded with clamorous comments, rants, etc I simply felt we each need to quietly walk out our faith in such a way that others can’t help but sit up, take notice and want to be able to walk in the same way.

  2. Great post! It’s easy to be fearful when we are looking at circumstances around us instead of keeping our eyes on the Lord and trusting in his words. And you’re right, the US is full of Godly Christians who are faithfully following him! Not like Sodom and Gomorrah at all and we can be encouraged in that.

    • The first time I heard the comparison of the U.S and those two cities I was taken back a bit! Every nation has similar sins, but we have been blessed in this country {and even around the world!} to have many Godly Christians who strive to live for Christ and let His light shine! I am so thankful for HOPE found in Christ!

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