Thursday, May 27, 2021

Orange Moon Thursday, May 27, 2021 "Truth and Fear"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"Truth and Fear" 

   When we know the truth, we do not have to be afraid.

   "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (II Timothy 1:7).

   Our present life in a fallen world challenges us on a daily basis.  Difficulty always approaches in some mode or measure, and we all bear scars from conflicts already experienced.  Thus, our spiritual enemies tempt us to fear what's coming.  However, as the father of a good friend once said, "The main issue of our lives is not what's coming.  It is Who came."

    "Christ came" (Romans 9:5).

   So long as it remains true that the Lord Jesus Christ came to the world, and so long as His Spirit came to our trusting hearts, nothing will ever approach us beyond our (His) capacity to cope.  "I will be with you" assures the ancient promise, accompanied by further pledges of our God's perfectly trustworthy heart: "I will go before thee… I will strengthen thee… I will help thee… I will uphold thee… I will dwell in thee" (Isaiah 43:2; 45:2; 41:10; II Corinthians 6:16).  Yes, trouble comes.  But far more to the point, Christ came.  And He is still here in those who believe.  This is truth.  This is reality.  This is "Thus saith the Lord."  Therefore, we do not have to be afraid.

I don't know what tomorrow holds,
but I know Who holds tomorrow
in the palm of His hand, His nail-pierced hand.
Yes, I know Who holds tomorrow,
and this is peace, this is peace.

I don't know how the road will bend,
but I know I will not go without my Friend.
For deep in my spirit, His Spirit lives,
and grace for each journey I've learned that He gives.
And this is peace, this is peace.

I know this, that wherever I go,
I'll find Him there for yes it's true, tomorrow He holds.
And though I can't tell the path that lies ahead of me,
I gaze into the darkness and the Way I plainly see.
And this is peace, this is peace.

    When we know the truth, we do not have to be afraid.  "It is I; be not afraid" said the Lord Jesus to frightened disciples long ago on a raging sea (John 6:20).  Indeed, fear crashes on the rock of truth, and of the faith that remembers and affirms promises that cannot fail to be fulfilled.  Thus, we keep our hearts near to God, and to His Word so filled with the assurance of grace for every moment of both time and eternity.  We also stand ready to join King David for facing temptations to fear, and the opportunity for faith they provide…

"What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee."
(Psalm 56:3)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is."
(I John 3:2).






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