Why Are You Fearful?

Here are ten reasons I came across in my Scripture reading today why you, my Christian friends, have no reason to fear:

  1. Jesus commands all things – “…Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm.” – Matthew 8:26
  2. We have received the Spirit of adoption – “All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father!'” – Romans 8:14-15
  3. Our suffering is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory – “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18
  4. God works all things together for our good, i.e. – our conformity to Christ – “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son…” – Romans 8:28-29
  5. God is for us – “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
  6. God will give us all that is necessary for life and godliness – “He did not even spare HIs own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?”
  7. God has chosen us, justified us, and Christ Jesus intercedes for us – “Who can bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.”
  8. Nothing can separate us from God’s unconquerable, all-satisfying love – “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37
  9. God is faithful – “But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen and guard you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3
  10. God is with us so God commands us – “Do not be afraid or discouraged” – Joshua 8:1 and Joshua 1:9.

“You are to regard only the LORD of Hosts as holy.

Only He should be feared;

only He should be held in awe.” 

Isaiah 8:13

 

A New Year Prayer

O Lord,

Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed in thy presence, in thy service, to thy glory.

Give me grace that precedes,

     follows,

     guides,

     sustains,

     sanctifies,

     aids every hour,

          that I may not be one moment apart from thee, but may rely on thy Spirit

               to supply every thought,

               speak in every word,

               direct every step,

               prosper every work,

               build up every mote of faith, and give me a desire

                    to show forth thy praise;

                    testify thy love,

                    advance thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,

     with thee, O Father, as my harbour,

     thee, O Son, at my helm,

     thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,

     my lamp burning,

     my ear open to thy calls,

     my heart full of love,

     my soul free.

Give me thy grace to sanctify me,

     thy comforts to cheer,

     thy wisdom to teach,

     thy right hand to guide,

     thy counsel to instruct,

     thy law to judge,

     thy presence to stabilize.

May thy fear be my awe, thy triumphs my joy.

– The Valley of Vision: Puritan Prayers and Devotions