WHY ARE WE SO AFRAID?

“Am I dying,” I asked the doctor, “because my body is falling apart?”

He gently smiled and comforted me with a confident, “No.”

As my health worsened questions about the future raced in my head: Will I be like this the rest of my life? Will I ever walk again? Will Normal ever come? Will God answer my prayer?

Have you ever been overcome with fear?

It’s paralyzing at times, isn’t it? Despite our best efforts to generate happy-go-lucky thoughts, sometimes life is HARD, and sweet musings never materialize.

If we’re not careful, we grow comfortable with the What Ifs and worry becomes our best friend–how difficult it is to divorce ourselves from those rambling thoughts!

My anxiety didn’t disappear overnight. After months–no, years–of prayer, confiding my fears to my husband, and learning to live moment by moment in the Lord, the worry subsided. It wasn’t easy; it was a process God allowed me to endure for the sake of relying on Him, even for my thoughts.

How about you, friend?

Has fear trapped your thoughts in a cage? Are you bound to worry and stress as you wonder what might happen?

Hear the truth of God:

“Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come.’” Isaiah 35:3-4.

Even though you may be alone with your thoughts, the Lord has not abandoned you!

Do you remember the timeless words of Jesus, spoken to the terrified disciples?

“You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Matthew 8:26

His calm reproval makes me feel silly for freaking out. Why are we not trusting Him? He is GOD. Our lives are in the Creator’s hands. Our hearts beat becaue He wills it! So, certainly our life’s problems are not impossible for Him.

My heart echoes the cry of the father who took his child to Jesus for healing,

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

With love and compassion,
Carrie

Pathetic In The World’s Eyes

“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!” Galatians 1: 6-8*

You’ll notice in yesterday’s video link, “The Church of Oprah Exposed,” they mention of “the pathetic error of clinging to the cross.” Well then, I hope we are all pathetic to the umpteenth degree.

The True Gospel of Christ is God’s main revelation to us in the Bible, but that is not preventing people from disregarding much of God’s word, and imagining up their own versions of christs and their own self serving gospels. Here are verses to sear into your heart and mind to not be deceived by these “new gospels” and different christs that are being popularized today:

John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

John 3:17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…”

Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”

Love,
Rachel

*New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

Default Settings

I receive a free monthly mailing from Back to the Bible. The September ’07 edition had a great point on page 6, that I’d like to share and elaborate on.

The author mentions “default settings,” as in computer settings. When our operating system gets buggy after we’ve tweaked with the settings, we can restore our computers default settings. That usually fixes the problem.

Like computers, our personal settings can get off track. We often need to “restore our default setting” as Christians: to make Christ central in our lives.

Sometimes our patience with God or His purpose for us runs thin, and we start to make life decisions in spite of Christ. We may stop reading His word, abandon prayer, and even slip away from our Christian friends or church. We often clutter our lives with “tweaked settings” God never intended for us to have. We start to feel confused, as if we’re lacking direction. Life gets buggy. Anyone feeling like that right now? How about we hit that “restore to default settings” button, together?

Rachel Lower
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