Fresh Hope – 4th May 2020

How’s your fear factor today?

Do you find like myself, that if fear is going to attack, it will usually be in the middle of the night?

Fear is very crafty, in that it knocks on your door when you are most vulnerable. When all alone and in the dark is when it will normally raise its ugly head.

It is especially true right now that many are reporting that the fear of catching the coronavirus is terrifying them. Maybe that’s exactly what is happening with you. At times, fear is nothing to be afraid of as it masquerades in the form of a lie that something is terribly wrong, when in reality there is nothing wrong. However, there are times like now that fear is simply pointing to something that really does exist and really is of great concern to everyone all over the world, yet its strategy is to bring you down to your lowest level and bind you with sheer panic and terror.

Whatever guise your fear may come in today, be sure of this one rock solid thing — God has got you covered!

There is nothing quite like the power of speaking out and repeating the verses and chewing on the Bible — this helps to stay focused in faith and overcome the fear that we all may face right now.

Why not join me today in starting the day with some incredible yet simple confessions from the Bible that will change the fear factor? Be warned, nothing may change in the outside world, but what will change is what’s going on in your inside world. Remember, your biggest enemy is often your inner-me.

The Bible records the words ‘fear not’ 365 times —that’s one for every day of the year. Have you ever stopped to ask why God continually has to remind us to fear not? Is it not because we fear so much?

Whatever it may be, here are just a few verses that will encourage us all to stay strong today. Here we go…lets do this together:

Psalm 91:1-7 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

Psalm 118:6-7 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Deuteronomy 20:4 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.’

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.’

Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

Psalm 27:1 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?

Hebrews 13:5-6 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’

2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

DO NOT FEAR!

Let’s each take these verses with us throughout the day.

We stand together — in Jesus’ name.

Pastor Mark

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