Why We Never Need to Fear...Anything

Although the Bible says “Be anxious for nothing,” (Philippians 4:6), I’ve always found obeying this command much easier said than done. Even with the best of intentions, when a big enough problem puts my faith to the test, I've found being anxious for nothing can be a real challenge.

Seeds of Courage My favorite CD for overcoming fear

That was until I heard Pastor Romaine’s insightful teaching from Legacy of A Servant, about trusting God even when our frightening circumstances tempt us from obeying what God has called us to--that is to trust Him (Prov. 3:5-6), and in turn be anxious for nothing. (Phil. 4:6-7)

In Pastor Romaine’s teaching, God had called the Israelites to enter the promised land—a land flowing with milk and honey. However, when Joshua and the spies returned from scouting out the land, ten of the twelve spies brought back a discouraging report before the Israelite camp, emphasizing there were giants in the land, whom they would certainly be no match against if they dared take these people's land. 

Putting their fear in proper prospective, here
Pastor Romaine points out:
“God had given them water from the rock, given them manna, fought all their battles up to that point, and all of a sudden [they believed] God couldn’t take them any further. That’s what happens to us. God can get you saved, give you everlasting life, and prepare a place for you. It says in John 14 ‘Where I am, there you may be also, because I’ve gone to my Father’s house to prepare a place for you, because I want you with Me.’ So we’re willing to believe, ‘Yeah, okay, I’ve got everlasting life. I go to be with the Lord. I don’t have to worry about it. That’s all been taking care of. Now all I have to worry about is how am I going to get the rent?”
Ever since I heard this, I now see because God has totally secured my eternal life, having already provided for my greatest need: salvation, I can rest assured that whatever problems come my way, God will certainly be faithful to provide for whatever I may need (Philippians 4:19) and deliver me from whatever trial I face. (Psalm 34:17,19). He's got it covered.

God faithfully providing in the lives of the Israelites, time and again,  before they scouted out the promised land, was more than enough proof that He loved them and was not about to abandon them and leave them to fend for themselves—especially now when they needed Him most. (Joshua 1:3-5)

The same goes for us. If we look back at the faithfulness of God in our life, it’s obvious that God loves us, cares for us, and has no intentions on leaving us or forsaking us—especially when we need Him most. (Isaiah 41:13)

So the next time we are faced with discouraging circumstances, we can rest easy that God, who has been faithful to provide for and deliver us in the past, will be faithful to provide for all our needs, and deliver us from all our problems--despite how intimidating our circumstances appear. As Casting Crowns sings it, "We were made to be courageous."

So as we take every fearful thought captive, and remember all that God has done for us, and all God promises to do for us, we can put our fears to rest and face each trial with eager anticipation of God’s faithful provision and deliverance in this circumstance. Perhaps these truths are partly why James instructs, “Count it all joy when you fall into trials of various kinds.” (James 1:2)

Question for you: Knowing God has already provided for your greatest need--salvation, how does that help put your mind at ease regarding the trials you are facing today? 



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24 comments:

  1. Thanks what a delightful reminder. God has already provided my greatest need at His greatest cost. How can I not trust Him for such simple things as my daily bread?

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    1. Beautifully said, Helene! I especially loved how you put it, "at His greatest cost." God bless you richly!

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  2. What great encouragement and a great reminder. It's important to stay in remembrance of all that God has done so we can be confident in what He is able to do still.

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly! I agree, it is so important to not forget all God has done for us. God bless you abundantly!

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  3. The verse in Romans 8, where Paul says God is working ALL things for His glory.... It's easy to think it is all about us, but it isn't. We are here for HIS glory, and what happens in my life, God is working it for the good. This verse has really helped me. Thanks for another great post, dear!

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    1. Thanks, Falen! There is such great peace in knowing God is working everything in our life to our good and His glory. God bless you lots!

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  4. Great thoughts. Boy aren't we a lot like those Israelites? I know I am. We all needed to be reminded from time to time of God's faithfulness in the past and how we can trust Him with the future. Thank you for sharing this reminder.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte! Yes, we are so much like those Israelites. :) I like how you put it, "We all needed to be reminded from time to time of God's faithfulness in the past and how we can trust Him with the future." Well said! God bless you much!

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  5. Amazing. I have recently became a Pastor's Wife and God had placed upon my heart that scripture so many times when I began to fret. But it has been hard. Thanks for the encouragement.

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    1. Thanks, Mrs Chrissy T! What a fabulous calling to be a Pastor's Wife. So glad this post blessed you. God bless you richly as you continue to look to God and His Word to supply all that you need.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! So glad you enjoyed it. God bless you abundantly!

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  7. Well, that is why I like Spiritual Sundays! This is just what I needed to read AGAIN. HE'S got me covered, doesn't HE. The Might King of Kings has got me covered! Hallelujah!

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    1. Praise the Lord! I just love how God works like that! Yes, Anita, He's got you totally covered. That is such a comforting truth. Hallelujah, indeed! God bless you lots!

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  8. Brooke, I needed to hear this today. I've been like the spys. My problems are too hard and my trials too long. I have not remember that God is there at all times. Thank you my friend.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! So glad this ministered to you! God is so faithful to meet us right where we are and supply just what we need. Yes, He is always there--and our Good Shepherd. God bless you richly!

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  9. Just love this. I have tweeted it for March25th. Taking the positive approach to fear - fear not - choose to be courageous. Love it.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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    1. Thanks, Janis, for your encouraging words! I pray your Twitter followers are blessed by it, too. I love how you put it, "Choose to be courageous." Amen! God bless you abundantly!

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  10. AMEN! Loved your post, I was especially encouraged by this: "God will certainly be faithful to provide for whatever I may need (Philippians 4:19) and deliver me from whatever trial I face. (Psalm 34:17,19). He's got it covered." It is so true, God has go it!! And, the first song we listened to in the car on the way to school this morning with the kiddos was "Courageous", got us all motivated for our day and reminded me the importance of prayer :) I found you on Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday. Here is what was on my heart yesterday, if you are interested :) http://seasontheday.blogspot.com/2013/03/uniting-believers.html

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    1. Thanks, Amber! So happy this blessed you heart! That is so neat that the first song you and your kids listened to on the way to school was "Courageous." Loved that! So glad you visited. I look forward to visiting your blog, too! God bless you richly!

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  11. We convince ourselves that there are so many things to fear. Yet, the older I get, the more I realize fear is a waste of energy (although I still let fear in). All that energy needs to be channeled into bringing the promise of salvation to all the world. Now wouldn't that be a movement!
    I love that Casting Crowns song. Thanks for the encouragement.

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    1. Julie, you are so right: "We convince ourselves that there are so many things to fear." It really is "a waste of energy." I agree, our fears need to be redirected to God and His Word, and left at the feet of Jesus, so we can be emptied of our fears and let faith reign in us. Yes, that would be some movement! God bless you lots!

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  12. That I can get to the rest, the why and purpose of what he has for me here!

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    1. Beautifully said, Court Dan! God bless you mightily!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!