Do not be afraid.

Everyday I get a Spanish “Word of the Day” in my inbox. Today’s word is “temer,” which means “to fear.”  I sat back and looked at that word.  Temer.  What do we fear?  Is it our future?  Is it a problem?  Failing?  Whatever it is, our Lord says, “Do Not Be Afraid.”  Before His betrayal, Jesus told His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Isn’t that comforting?  Knowing that Jesus knows what we need as we continue to speak the truth and live for Him.  Peace.  What peace?  Shootings in Las Vegas, diseases, divorce, abandonment… the list goes on.  Who do we believe and trust?  Jesus.  He gives us peace not with the world but peace between God and us.  The world gives us peace that is temporary but our Lord gives us peace that is eternal.

Paulo Coelho said, “Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others.”  Who are we pleasing?  When we live to please the Lord, then we look at things differently and are comforted knowing that He is with us through our times of struggle.  There will be storms, deaths, diseases and failures in our lives yet Jesus said, “Do Not Be Afraid.”

King Nebuchadnezzar demanded that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be obedient to him and worship his idol, but they had the peace of God and said, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.  But even if He does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Even if He does not… Trusting and believing in our Lord does not mean that we won’t be burned in the fire; it is that He will be with us in the fire.

We say, “It’s impossible!”  Jesus says, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

We say, “I can’t do it!”  God’s word says, ” I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

We say, “I can’t forgive myself!”  Jesus says, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

We are asked, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?”  The answer?  “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”

Do Not Be Afraid!!!

Raining hard now.  All I need now is an umbrella and I can be “Singing in the rain!”  Yeah… that will be a sight to see.

One of our boys has a court hearing today.  As we walked back to the dorm, I looked at him and said, “A few more years and you will be handsome like me.  Of course, there is no hope for your older brother.”  He smiled and agreed with me.  He got ready to go to the office, and I gave him a wristband and prayed with him.  How much our boys have grown in the time period that they have been with us!  His will be done.

All His,

Lee and Candy

 

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Malcolm drove us to the Guatemalan Embassy in Houston only for it to be closed. I had to have papers authenticated from Baton Rouge for Sebastian. I Spoke in Spanish to a cleaning lady & she found the lady I needed and the papers were legalized. Only God!!!!

 

All through the Word we see that there were men and women who turned defeat into victory. Today we have trials on the outside or temptations on the inside. But through faith in Jesus we can be victorious.

James 1:2-8 gives us 4 words to overcoming our trials. They are Count, Know, Let and Ask.

1:2 says “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials”. The word used is “when” not “if”. It is certain that humanity will experience trials. Sickness, acidents and disappointments are some. But because we are Christians we will suffer other trials. Satan is fighting us and the world hates us.

The Apostles (Acts 5:41) counted it joy as did Paul in Romans 5:3 as well as other Christians in I Peter 1:6-8.

The first step to triumphing over our trials is to thank God and adopt a joyful attitude. This is not my natural character. I have to will myself to thank God for trials. I want to get out of them quickly.

(Stay tuned)

 

 

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