DAILY DEVOTIONAL FROM PASTOR WESLEY June 14, 2022
Shattering Fear With Truth
To conquer our fears, we should identify them but then focus instead on God and Scripture.
``Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. ``Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. ``This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. ``Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:6-9
Yesterday we discussed how fear and anxiety can enslave us and color our perspective to the point that we live in a constant state of unease. But as Christians, we have a heavenly Father who has promised to care for us and work all things for our good. Jesus said if we continue in His Word, we will know the truth, and it will set us free (John 8:31-32). But practically speaking, how do we live in such freedom?
Identify the basic root of your fears. It’s fairly easy to recognize surface causes, but ultimately, the root of our apprehension is a distrust of God. Yet the truth of His constant loving protection and His sovereignty over every situation in our life can dispel all our anxiety.
Focus on the Lord instead of your fear. Every time dread enters our heart, we must remember that we are in the hand of our almighty, all-knowing, loving Father.
Meditate on the Word of God. This is a powerful step in overcoming anxiety, since the Bible is an immovable anchor for our life.
In times of trouble, we must hold fast to Scripture because fear is shattered on the foundational truth of God’s Word. When we learn to respond to our uneasiness in these three ways, we will live freely as our Father intended.
This is Dr. Michael Wesley, Sr.'s latest book on the subject of marriage. As a Pastor he has counseled many couples before, during, and after marriage so this has given him keen insight into the marital relationship. He himself has been married to the same woman for over 40 years so he has a wealth of knowledge on this subject. In this book Dr. Wesley covers that marriage comes from God, the keys to compatibility, the keys to staying in love, and even what to do if you feel you have married the wrong person. This is an excellent read if you are considering marriage in the future or even if you are currently married.