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If you are "afraid, don't be!

But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the One who formed you says, "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to Me. You are honored, and I love you. "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will gather you and your children from east and west. I will say to the north and south, 'Bring My sons and daughters back to Israel from the distant corners of the earth. Bring all who claim Me as their God, for I have made them for My glory. It was I who created them.'" Bring out the people who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf. Gather the nations together! Assemble the peoples of the world! Which of their idols has ever foretold such things? Which can predict what will happen tomorrow? Where are the witnesses of such predictions? Who can verify that they spoke the truth? "But you are My witnesses, O Israel!" says the LORD. "You are My servant. You have been chosen to know Me, believe in Me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God—there never has been, and there never will be. (Isa. 43: 1-10-NLT)


There may be time in our lives, when we might become fearful, however, we must remember that God has not given us fear. As children some of us were afraid of the dark, others thought that there were monsters under our beds, or in our closets. As we grew, some of us were afraid of failing in school, disappointing our parents, while others were afraid of success - thinking that our friends would laugh at us and call us weird. As our lives transpired from one age to another, there could be the fear of growing old, or having an illness, or losing our hair, and the list goes on and on. However, there is good news for all of us. The Bible says; "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine. (Isa.43:1a- NLT) That word ransomed means that a great cost was paid for you and me, So great, that we could never repay it. It also means that we have been released from our prisoner status. God said that He called us by name and that we are His. That is a powerful saying and we should be thankful that He did. There have been many times that people have called me other things than by my name. But, not my Heavenly Father. I do not know about you, but, never has there been anyone who has been willing to pay a ransom for me. The word goes on to say that He gave Israel as a ransom for our freedom. God willingly paid a price. As our world turns and things, circumstances, trials, and issues come into our lives, it is our choice to not fear them. What we should be doing is standing on the promises of God's word, knowing that He will never leave us nor forsake us. God said that Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to Me. You are honored, and I love you. (Isa. 43: 4; NLT) I know it is hard to comprehend how someone could love us that much that they would trade someone else's life for us. But, He did. We are just that precious to our Father. Fear is a demonic force that can put us in a place and state of mind that we can live in for the rest of our lives - we become a prisoner. For some, they are afraid of heights, so they never fly, others do not go on an elevator, or to an amusement park. There are people who are afraid to go outside. However, the word says when we go through rivers, deep water or fire, nothing will happen to us. (paraphrase mine) I wonder, why we neglect to take the word seriously? Have we ever asked ourselves that question, what does the word really mean to us? Do we believe it, or do we have difficulty in receiving the word? Do we feel that it applies to us or to someone else? Oftentimes, we are afraid for our children, will they grow up right, will they get into trouble, will they fail in school - but God said - I will gather you and your children from east and west. It is my belief that for every fear that can be conjured up - there is a scripture to eradicate it. We just need to stay focused on God's word. Tune our ears to hear what thus says the Lord. When we learn to do that - we will have no fear. God does not want us to be afraid and He says it many times in the above scripture. He promises to be with us, no matter, where, who, or what, we can always count on God.

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