GOD'S PROMISES TO US Kathy
Bernard - Publisher "It
is the Lord Who goes before you. He will be
He will not leave you nor forsake you. Do not fear or
be dismayed.” - Deuteronomy 31:8
Bibleis filled with the promises that God gave to us. For
instance,Isaiah 41:10gives us anindisputable and absolute statement: "Fear
not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will
strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous
right hand." God's covenant assures
will never leave us stranded or forgotten. He will never break His word. He will give us the grace to sustain
during times of stress, fear, sickness, disappointments and all
things that this earthly life throws at us, for it is a constant that is
with us forever. As Christians we
may face abandonment or be struck down in misery, but not destroyed.
Hebrews 13:5 reads in
part, ".. be content with what you have, for He has said,
I will never leave you nor forsake you.” These are two
unconditional statements that carries us through
the darkness of life.
you accept this?
FatherRobert J. Carr has this to say about God's promises: "Fear can approach us
from many avenues". Maybe we
have an unexpected letter or phone call that gives us potential bad
news. Now this is what fear highlights, what potentially could
happen. If fear takes over our lives, we become crippled by it,
afraid of what may happen, when in fact, it may not happen at all.
This is the first element of fear. It may happen or it may not.
Yet, when we focus on what may happen to be, what will happen, we
become crippled by that anticipation. We are disabled by fear.
Yet, God has always told us not to fear at all. Why? Because the
future belongs to Him! He is in charge of our future and,
therefore, when we are afraid, we do so by not trusting Him. God
has the potential of doing anything to change the path of any
element of our lives. Yet, we have to understand this within the
context of whom we are. Why is it so bad to succumb to fear?
Simply look at what the Apostles did when they succumbed to fear,
they abandoned Christ. When we succumb to fear we do the same thing.
We focus on the potential of what will happen and take our eyes off
of Christ. This is why fear is so poisonous to our spiritual life
and our relationship with Christ. Fear cuts off our relationship
does the Psalmist do? He says he will not fear because the
Lord is his light and salvation. What is the opposite of fear:
trust. No matter what happens to us we need to put our trust in
Christ because He does indeed care for us. I have dealt with people
who become literally so crippled by fear that they enter a dark
emotional hole and never come out of it. Jesus tells us that
perfect love casts out fear. That goes both ways, we trust in His
love for us and we do not fear no matter what may happen. This
allows our love to grow for Him which casts our fear….St. James
tells us to consider it pure joy when we experience difficulties for
through those difficulties our faith is growing. This is why we must
never fear what may happen, because the more we trust in God, the
more whatever happens will lead us closer to Christ. That is similar
to what happens when we choose to trust while the rest of our body
tells us to stay silent and mind our own business. We go through
that painful period where we choose to obey our fears or obey our
Lord. When we choose the latter, great things happen, when we
choose the former, we lose everything and become enslaved to the
whims of evil. Yet, when we choose to do God’s will despite our
fears, great surprises happen.
“…Whenwe focus on Christ, we
dismiss our fears and act on His truth. When we focus on our fears
we abandon Christ and become a slave to fear and intimidation.
Perfect Love casts out all fear and leads us closer to Christ in
total trust.” Father
presently the pastor of Holy Trinity
Parish in Quincy, Maine, USA. Manytimeswe get so caught up in our
hardships and despair that we cannot see beyond it. It becomes a litany that takes
over our lives and outshouts the peace God wants us to have.
Friends turn away, fearful of being too close to our realities
of pain and suffering, and
they become frightened for themselves. They too, are carrying their
own crosses. But, we as Christians must not forget we have the
antidote for anything life tosses our way. We have Jesus Christ Who
promises never to leave us and through Him we have access to our
most powerful advocate; our Heavenly Father. Instead of being
crushed by fear, spend time in prayer, calling on His Holy
Name. Prayer is when we must carry life's crosses and put them into
His powerful hands, letting Him shine sunlight into those dark
corners of life we fearfully face.
In each life there comes
a time when nothing seems to come out right, and troubles pile up,
leaving us lost and afraid, lonely and bereft. We forget even to
pray for we feel we have been isolated; adrift on a sea of
turmoil. It is then we must find a quiet place to seek the healing
presence of God, for in this communion with Him we will realize
that God has been carrying us all along.
OurGodis a mighty fortress
during our times of pain, sorrow, lack of money, and betrayal. He is the anchor promised to us.
In times of great fear when enemies paralyze and numb our spirit
strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before
them, for the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will
neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Remain consistent in your faith. Don't get discouraged when the burdens you carry
become heavy. Trust even when you cannot see the end of your
trials. Learn to be patient and certain through your suffering
that He has not forgotten you. In Psalms 46:10 He tells: "Be
Still and know I am God." Believe that God has you in
the palm of His Hand. He knew your name even before you
were born and even knows the count of hairs on your head.He will never leave
or abandon you for His promises and His mercy endures forever.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”- Joshua 1:9
Friar Alessandro - Panis
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