Fearless Friday ~ Gaining Strength from Scripture in the Midst of Fear
After what things is my first question! Why was God telling Abram not to fear?
Chapter 14 recounts the events of Abram’s nephew Lot being taken captive and, upon hearing the news, Abram leads an army to defeat the enemies and free all the people and possessions (vv11-16). Abram is then approached by the King of Sodom who tries to bargain with him. The King tries to tempt Abram into giving the people over to him and in return he will allow Abram to keep all the possessions for himself.
That is one of Satan’s tricks. He tries to tempt us and bargain with us. He tries to barter with us and persuade us into selling out the people in our lives for personal gain. To treat that co-worker with contempt so that you get the promotion. To speak ill about your sibling to get your parent’s favor.
He tempts us to sacrifice ourselves also. To deny our true calling in order to take the job that offers more security. To get so busy that we fail to spend time fulfilling God’s plans for our time. To sacrifice our morals and God’s Word in order to make an easy dollar. To sacrifice your passions for fear of failure or humiliation.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 esv
Abram turned down the offer from the King! He gave glory to God praising Him as the provider and denied the King the opportunity to bring glory upon himself for making Abram rich. Abram would have become rich, but only at the expense of others. He held fast to his Jehovah Jireh. Abram kept His eyes focused on God’s provision.
I love this reminder:
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 esv
Sweet friends the Lord is saying to you “…what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” Mark 8:36 NLT. The Lord is saying to you:
- Fear not when you feel like you have nothing and you are tempted to sell out.
- Fear not when you feel lost and like you have no direction in life and are tempted to give up.
- Fear not when you are scared to be bold and courageous for the fear of the consequences.
Honor the Lord in your choices and remember His Words: “…I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me.” 1 Samuel 2:30 NLT.
God is aware of your situation
Honor Him and have a Fearless Friday!