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I Am Not Afraid

  1. It's hard to need something so badly, to feel so very desperate and to only be able to beg God to deliver. It's hard to be down here while He's up there, feeling so very far away. It's even harder to just let go and trust that He's got it.

    Sometimes I start to feel like He's forgotten me or He's being cruel. But that's only because we can't understand His timing. We don't know His plans. And in our selfishness and foolishness, we want what we want now. It's hard to be patient, it's hard to be trust. Especially when Satan keeps planting seeds of fear in my heart, telling me that time is running out or that I'll never get to be where I want to be, that I'll be stuck in this place in life forever.

    My new thing is to just repeat to myself that I am not afraid. I am not afraid because I have Jesus. I trust my savior to come through just like He always does. I am not afraid because His plans are greater than mine, because His ways are higher than mine. I am not afraid of what I can't see because I have hope. We can choose to live in misery, pleading desperately for what we think we need and getting frustrated when God doesn't deliver. Or we can choose to hold tight to His hand and walk boldly into the unknown, knowing nothing except that He has us and He will never let us go.

    That is what I'm choosing to do. I'm choosing to walk forward into this strange, dark, unsettling part of my life with nothing but confidence that my God will deliver. And whatever He delivers, it will be good.

    I am not afraid.

    "As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more."
    Psalms 71:14
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  1. HenSoma-OneBody
    “But Jesus immediately spoke up: “Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” “Lord, if it is You,” Peter replied, “command me to come to You on the water.” “Come,” said Jesus. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and took hold of Peter. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” And when they had climbed back into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God!” Matthew 14:27-33

    The Lord knows we will struggle with fear and He promises to be there for us. It is the times we take our eyes off of Him allowing the things of this world to consume our thoughts that cause us to experience fear and loneliness. It took great faith for Peter to step out onto the water and yet once he was distracted by the things of this world he began to sink. When we begin to sink in our walk with Christ we need only refocus on things above and not on this earth to abide in the strength of the Lord and to find peace in any storm.