Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Do Not Be Afraid!

Of what are you afraid? Well, if you are like me, the first thing you think of is spiders. I do not like those hideous creatures at all. In fact, I firmly believe the only good spider is a completely dead spider. One of my "grandma rules" which is most important to keep is; "Kill all spiders until they are dead, then kill them again." 

A few weeks ago I was in my kitchen working when my grandsons were over; I saw a spider and screamed. All three of the boys ran for the kitchen saying; "Where is it? I want to see it!!!" They didn't even have to ask what was happening or why I screamed. They knew. And just so you know, there is no such thing as a "small" spider! 

Well, beyond the obvious things, like spiders, of what are you afraid? More specifically, what are you afraid of when it comes to your family? Are you afraid of the "what ifs"? What if they get sick? What if they get in an accident? What if the things in this world entice my children/grandchildren and they do not walk with God? What if . . . ? You may say you aren't "afraid" of these things, but how much time to you spend thinking - or even worrying - about them? These are all legitimate things to be concerned about, but we do not have to be afraid or worried.

Look at Joshua 1:5-9, 

"As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
We aren't trying to take possession of the land of Israel, but god has called us to hand on a heritage of faith to our children and grandchildren. There are times when this call may feel overwhelming, but in those times - and at all times - remember; God has promised to be with us and to NEVER leave us. We are able to be strong and courageous by choosing to obey God and to immerse ourselves in His Word.

I've found when I've felt overwhelmed by the things in my life, and even by the "what ifs", it is likely because I have not been spending as much time in God's Word as I need to. When I'm immersed in God's Word, I do not tend to feel overwhelmed or afraid.

So, as you share Jesus with your children and grandchildren, don't be afraid. Don't be discouraged. Instead, take courage. You are able to be strong and very courageous, because God is with you and He will NOT let go of you. Spend time reading Joshua 1 today and make this your prayer . . . 
Dear God, on this day I ask for Your help in being strong and very courageous. I want to be strong and courageous, but sometimes it is so difficult. Please strengthen and embolden me. I choose to be careful to obey all Your Word and not turn from it to the right or the left, so I may experience Your blessings wherever I go. I commit to keep Your Word always on my lips, to think on it day and night, so I will be careful and alert and able to do everything written in it. I choose to be strong, courageous, not to fear or be discouraged, because I know You, the LORD my God is with me wherever I go. Thank You, Amen.
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