WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

Psalm 91, verses 5 and 6; from the New Living Translation (NLT)

So, if I tell you will you tell me? What are you afraid of? Me? SNAKES!!! On a plane, on a train, in the lane–I’m terrified of snakes! I hate snakes! Just call me Indiana Jones! If you understand this reference, then you are old like me! I know there are some good snakes out there. But to me, the only good snake is either a dead one or the one I can’t see! When I do see a snake, my heart starts racing and my mind goes wild. Terror sets in. Oh, that fight or flight reaction? Unless I have my shotgun, I always opt for the flight reaction. So, if you have a pet snake, don’t let me in your house if I have my shotgun! And there is no way on God’s green Earth that you can get me to NOT be afraid of snakes. So don’t even go there!

But seriously, what creates in you the same reaction I have to snakes? Fear is a slave driver that takes over and controls your perspective, decisions, and actions. Call fear your social and spiritual influencer. Are you afraid of _____________? (you fill in the blank!) The number of things that creates that terror are more numerous that the stars in the universe. We can’t avoid those things that make us afraid. But we do have a choice in what we do with those fears and terrors.

But making up your mind to NOT be afraid doesn’t really work. So, if this morning you are afraid, I have a suggestion for you. Do what David did. Make up your mind BEFORE the terrors come about the Presence, Power, and Goodness of our Father. Read carefully what David sung about before he started singing about those dreaded night terrors:

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    He is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with His feathers.
    He will shelter you with His wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Verses 1 through 5; from the NLT

Remember that when you surrender your heart and life to Jesus, you need to fill out a change of address form. You don’t live where you used to live. Every moment of your life is lived in God’s Presence–the only Presence that can and will take away our fears. And to my fellow Tribal Members of the United Methodist Institution, don’t be afraid if your Annual Conference takes away the church property. It wasn’t yours to begin with–and know that God has already factored that possibility in and He has a plan for you.

Someone telling us, “Don’t be afraid!” doesn’t really help us. But listen to what God told those Hebrews who were so afraid when the Red Sea was in front of them and the Egyptian Army behind them:

13 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Exodus chapter 14, verses 13 and 14; from the NLT

You can’t control what fears you–but you can control your reactions. Just stay calm! After all, that’s what God says! And I leave you with another song. Listen to it!

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4 thoughts on “WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

  1. LOL! True story, the Lord totally healed me of my snake terrors. In my neck of the woods it’s a completely irrational fear, since we only have a few harmless garden snakes. I still don’t care for them much, but we coexist peacefully and my fear of them no longer rules over me.

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  2. Brother Randy, I’m not really afraid of snakes, even though I was bitten by Copperheads. I just don’t like ‘em. My weapon of choice is a long handled garden spade. My scripture verse to combat Satan’s lies of fear and despair is: “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

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  3. Excellent insight this morning brother. Fear and its cousin depression is a deadly lie from Satan.

    This is it: “You can’t control what fears you–but you can control your reactions. Just stay calm! After all, that’s what God says!”

    Shalom!

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