a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
It’s Tuesday again, and you know what that means… today is Truth Be Told Tuesday. Thanks for checking in.
Following the decade of the 1930′s the term “demographic trough” was born. The birth of this term was in reference to the “low birth rate” during the 30′s due to the Great Depression.
Many husband and wives found it impossible to have any children due to the economic hardship of the depression.
Families just stopped having children and the birthrates during this period were noticeably lower than the decades that bookend the 30′s. The children born during this time were born into an environment that was shaped by intense need and molded by tremendous fear.
This generation of children, and their parents, would live with fear the rest of their lives.
“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.”
– Isaiah 41:10
It’s understandable that many, if not all, would live with emotions that were frightful and debilitating due to the season our country found itself in economically, but the one truth many leaned upon then, and many cling closely to now, is the promise of God to meet all our needs.
This simple truth is most reassuring to a follower of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 6:26-34 reminds us that God feeds every bird in the sky and dresses the lilies of the field with more splendor, and beauty, than Solomon. But yet, with all of God’s promises and reassurances,
fear can engulf the believer and unbeliever alike, but God’s word and promise(s) are the most powerful elixirs I know to combat the treacherous residue of fear.
Fear accomplishes many things but nothing is more evident than it’s ability to stifle our thinking, create indecisiveness and hinder our achievement.
Fear will always paralyze us if we allow it to.
The good news is that when we evaluate our fear, and focus upon God’s sovereign and providential hand, He provides us with a peace that passes all, and any, understanding.
Many verses remind me of God’s true power and protection, but none more than Psalm 103:19; “The Lord has made the heaven his throne, from there he rules everything.”
Either you believe that or you don’t.
It’s that simple.
Begin today to put your faith in the Almighty and cast all your cares and burdens upon Him (Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7 and Phil. 4:19).
Remember, fear is inevitable; faith is a choice.
What are you going to follow today, your fears or your faith? I would say to you; “Fear not, God is bigger than any obstacle you’re dealing with.” Either you believe that or you don’t.
Stand firm, fear not. It’s that simple.
That is my “Truth Be Told” for March 4, 2014 (tbtt . #46)
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Moving Forward . Israel Houghton
. “Hands” – photo by Victor Bezrukov
. “The Bible” – photo by Mars Hills Church