Overcoming Fear … Overwhelmed With Thanksgiving!

Grace For The Journey

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23nov  Jesus said in Luke 12:32, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

What a comfort to hear the voice of our Great Shepherd saying, “Fear not, little flock” as we face the countless BIG challenges of the day . . .

  • We face BIG challenges in our families.
  • We face BIG challenges in our finances.
  • We face BIG challenges in our future.
  • We face BIG challenges in our fitness.
  • We face BIG challenges in our faith.

Yet, as members of His little flock, we can face every challenge without fear.  Why? Because we never face our fears alone, that’s why Jesus says, “For it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

You see, we don’t have to look to anything smaller than God to face the waves of challenge that crash over us each day.  Why would we turn to the wisdom of the world when we have the Wisdom of eternity available to us – the Spirit of Jesus Christ?  How often we run to the wrong things, go to the wrong places, and turn to the wrong people when Jesus is standing at the ready to safely bring us through whatever challenges we are facing.

  • We look for safety in things that are not safe.
  • We look for security in places that are not secure.
  • We look for stability in people that are not stable.

As members of His little flock, what we need to do in times of trouble is to remember.

We need to remember whose we are and what He has promised to do.

We need to remember the God who purchased us with His precious blood and the grace we have been given in Him.  And for those who might not realize it, this was the instruction to God’s little flock every bit as much in the Old Testament as it is in the New Testament.

God instructed the children of Israel to remember.  He says in Exodus 13:14, “So it shall be, when your sons asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘By strength of hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.’”:

This remembering should lead us to tell others about the wonderful things God has done.  David says in Psalm 78:4, “We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.”

Remembering what God has done and what He has promised to do is the key that unlocks the prison door of fear.  His Word is true, His kingdom everlasting, and His “little flock” untouchable!

There is no power in the universe

That can derail the plans

and the purposes of our King.

He won the final battle on Mount Calvary, putting our enemy, the devil, to complete defeat.  To be sure, we still battle along the way to our inheritance, but we battle against a defanged lion who cannot do one single thing to us that God does not allow him to do.  And all that Satan is allowed to do is done for one of two reasons: God’s glory and our good.

So today, as you venture into the life God has set before you, do not fear – regardless of the challenges that are set before you. Wherever you go, He has already gone before you . . . and He continues to go with you!  As members of His kingdom our focus should be on His kingdom and not our own.  When we do, we expand the reach of our cares and concerns beyond the borders of our own little kingdom to the outer edges of His.  We begin loving those He loves, serving those He served, and accepting those He accepted.

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Hallelujah, what a salvation!

Hallelujah, what a gift to be a member of His little flock in the Lords kingdom.  This should cause us to be overcome with fear but be overwhelmed with thanksgiving!

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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