Virtually every encounter with an Angel that is recorded in the Bible began with that awe-inspiring messenger bringing the reassuring admonition of, "Fear not!" On that famous star-studded night in Bethlehem, that became the birth date of Jesus, the Angel announced the ultimate good news but preceded his proclamation with the calming words "Do not be afraid." Regardless of the source or size of the fears that you are fighting, God's Word functions as a calming agent to steady your heartbeat and lift the fog of apprehension and confusion.
Isaiah 41:13 reassures our anxious spirits, "For I, the Lord your God, will uphold your right hand. I say to you 'Fear not, I will help you." The Bible repeats the encouraging admonition of "fear not" 365 times which covers your whole calendar with God's presence, power and perspective.
Corrie ten Boom was God's great warrior who modeled forgiveness and vividly illustrated how to redeem vicious suffering. She endured the ravages of Hitler's death camp for the crime of helping her Jewish neighbors. Corrie ten Boom experienced many fear-generating experiences. Yet, her mantra became "There is no panic in Heaven, only plans." Dear friend, God never operates in panic mode. There has never been an emergency meeting of the Holy Trinity! God has never vacated His throne in terror - He is large and in charge! Invite the love of Christ to reach through your fog of fear and set you free because His love possesses the unique power to "cast out fear." (I John 4:18)Stand on the protective, calm-generating truth that God is in control; He wins; you are in His family now and forever; and His love will shield His child until you reach heaven's bright shore! Even now, listen carefully and you will hear God's message of good news echo across the ages straight to your racing heart and call you to "fear not!"