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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fear & Faith - Elisha's Invisible Army Chalk Talk

The city of Dothan was surrounded by an army from Syria. Their mission had one single purpose--the capture of Elisha the prophet. When Elisha's servant rose early that morning and saw the situation of the city, he was afraid and cried to Elisha, "Alas, my master! How shall we do?" He had great FEAR! Elisha, however, was not afraid, but had peace and confidence in God. He said, "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them."

Then Elisha prayed, and said, "Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see!"

"The Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."

This history teaches us a valuable lesson on fear. It is a sin for the Christian believer to have fear. Jesus said in John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

We are faced with the temptation to worry or be afraid often. So how do we find victory? Isaiah 12:2 tells us how to prevent fear: "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation." You do not ever need to be afraid! Fear can be prevented by trusting in the Lord.

Sometimes fear overcomes us. How do we conquer fear? The psalmist said, "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee" (56:3).

The only way to prevent or conquer fear is to trust in the Lord. He has a plan for each of our lives! Let us just trust and obey!

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Anonymous Mrs. Gail said...

Hello, Stephen, Evelyn, and Faith,
I pray all is well up in Indiana, although I hear you have plenty of snow and cold weather now!
Well, I have been chewing on this post for many days. It is excellent. I had to ask the LORD if I should comment here or not, but that was just my self-protection mechanism kicking in. You see, for me to share this testimony of God's mercy and goodness necessitates sharing my fear. Nevertheless, He shall be glorified!
Here is my personal "fear" story: About 7 years ago, I gradually developed a fear of being on the highway. There was no reasonable explanantion for it (of course), but I allowed this fear to hinder me from traveling. [This could be a very long story, but I will spare you.]
There were many times over those years that we had to travel and I always prayed for the LORD to remove that fear, but it was not taken away--until this past spring. We planned a trip to the Creation Museum, and to spend a certain Sunday worshiping our LORD with some friends in Indiana (is any of this sounding familiar to you?)
One more time, I petitioned our Heavenly Father to remove my fear. But, in all honesty, I do not think I was expecting a different result! When I woke up the morning of our trip, I knew that I had been changed! God had filled me with complete and perfect peace, while I slept! I consider it a special gift that He gave me, just because He loves me! See John 14:27, in your post.
Our trip to IN was full of joy and gladness (not fear!). When Tim asked me how our trip was, I told him it was wonderful, but I was really doing cartwheels inside! :)
"I sought the LORD and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
Praise His Holy Name!

Thank you for listening.

December 10, 2009 at 2:44 PM  

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