Saturday, March 13, 2010
Fear Is Not From God
When I want to truly hear and understand the word of God, I go to my Nigerian friend, Pastor Esther. I asked her how she is ministering to people in light of all this violence, and she cited some Bible verses.
The first is 2 Timothy 1:7. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.” (NLT)
Secondly, she cited Psalm 91:
“He who 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 the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
Nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday…..
‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ’I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.’”(NIV)
(Photo courtesy of Frank Lozano)