Friday, April 24, 2009

Overcoming Fear

I love when I have realizations; always God-inspired, and usually a completely humbling moment. I had one this morning... journey with me, won't you?

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Exodus 14:14 (NIV)

In the MSG version, it's a little more abrupt, which I love:

God will fight the battle for you. And you?
You keep your mouths shut!"

God had instructed Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, to free them from oppression. It's a pretty crazy story, because God wanted, in leading them out, to give the Pharaoh a stubborn heart to chase them down. Ultimately, God could then put His Glory on display, and the Egyptians would believe that He was God.

However, when the Egyptians caught up to them in the wilderness, the Israelites were convinced that they'd been taken into the wilderness to die. They thought this was the end... verses before even have them "crying out in terror to God", in fear of the Egyptians.

(Don't worry, eventually God instructed Moses to part the sea, the Isrealites were led to safety and the Egyptian army was destroyed, but if you want all the details of that, check out to read it - I definiately recommend the Message Version)

Let me ask you this... how much of the Israelites do you see in yourself? When you're afraid, do you cry out in terror to God, begging him for His aid? Or does your faith overpower your fear, and allow you to lay everything down at His feet, for Him to handle?

Of course, times have changed. No one is going to step into your life to "part the seas", if you will, but the bottom line is, God designed us to be conquerors. But He never intended for us to conquer this world on our own.

Don't ever forget about your ultimate Power. Even in the fire.

If God is for us, who could be against us? Romans 8:31

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