Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Freedom from Fear

“I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.
The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:4-10 NIV)

What is it you fear?  A massive amount of homework and how it appears impossible to complete it?  What you are going to do after graduation? Losing your job or failing to find one?  Never finding that special guy or girl to marry?

Whatever your fears, the Lord is the place to take them.  Fear can shackle us, preventing us from experiencing the abundant, freedom-giving life the Lord desires for us.  Fear produces stress and anxiety that robs us of everyday joy and peace.  Many of us today find ourselves in bondage to fear.

The Lord desires us to live in freedom from fear by bringing our fears to Him and letting go of them.  We can trust Him to protect us, provide for us, and deliver us, regardless of that which we fear.  But only if we are willing to seek Him.  

The temptation is to hold onto our fears and deal with them alone or share them with others.  But we can only be delivered from them by the Lord.  

Today, know the Lord is your refuge.  Run to Him with your fears.  He wants to set you free.

© Jim Musser 2014

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