Friday, December 16, 2011

Fear Not

From Luke 2: 10 (KJV)

…Fear not…

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:8-11 NIV 1984)

This week we will be memorizing and obeying a small segment from Luke 2:10: simply, “Fear not.”

What are you afraid of?

Taking this in another direction, if I were visited by an angel from heaven, I imagine one of the things I would experience is being self-conscious about the areas I fall short as a Christian.

What about you? Perhaps, year after year after failing to keep your New Year’s resolution to read your Bible every day, you would hang your head in shame believing you’ll never measure up to be what a Christian ought to be.

Or would being in the presence of a heavenly being make you want to hide because you still struggle with that same habit or entangling sin? Maybe you would go to bed that night wishing you were a little bit more loving, a whole lot more giving, or, in short: would stop living as if “it’s all about you.”

Fear not.

God loves you deeply and He’s not disappointed in you. It is only as I write these words that I am reminded of these truths, too. He will never give up on us as long as our hearts are truly devoted to Him and His ways.

 If God were to ask you, “What do you want for Christmas?” would you consider asking for confidence? Ask Him to give you confidence in His ability to help you to become the person He designed you to be.

What do you think?

• In what areas in your life do you need assurance that God will never give up on you?

• Can this Christmas season be one of renewed faith in God’s ability to help you be all He designed you to be?


  1. I often wonder if I'm really hearing what I think God is asking me to do. But when I heard no less than three times in the last few months that I needed to get out of a relationship, I knew I had to do it. This took a huge step of faith believing that God was leading me and wow! did He ever confirm it after I did just what He told me. He has not only confirmed but I've had such great peace since then. For me, fear of disobedience to the Lord is a great motivator. For He is always with us and leading us to do what is best for us. If I had let fear control me I would have kept myself in bondage more ways than one. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!

  2. Anonymous, I love your comment! The Sunday School Class I attend discussed this very issue this morning. I agree that a correct fear of disobedience to God can motivate us to make wise choices. And as we practice obeying God, our relationsship with Him deepens.

    I'm so proud of you for choosing to trust Him in your obedience. Let that be the starting point of continually trusting Him by choosing to obey Him one choice at a time.

  3. Anonymous, I meant to add one more thing. Would you consider being part of a prayer network as we intercede for one another to have the courage to obey God, even when it's hard?

    Have you heard Charles Stanley's statement: "Obey God, and leave the consequences to Him"?

    Let's pray and encourage one another in this area. And thanks again for your comment.

  4. I would love to be part of a prayer network to encourage one another. We especially need encouragement in these fearful times. And yes, as we obey God, we don't have to be afraid of the consequences - He will take care of all those things (and us). He always has our best interest at heart.

  5. Anonymous, let's really do this. Let's begin praying and encouraging one another to obey God -purposely, one choice at a time.

    Each time we have a choice to move forward in obedience (even in small things: what to eat, hold our tongue or not, etc. AND in large things: morality, breaking sinful or destructive habits, etc.) let's pray for ourselves and each other.

    Do you know others who would like to join us?


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