“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.” (James 2:19).
This thought has been resonating with me the last few days, which is that the more we seek God and His Word, the more we are able to fight the fear that can overwhelm us in this life.
I live in Fort Worth, Texas. Therefore, I live just a stone’s throw away from the Ebola crisis our country has been experiencing. I have noticed a new catch phrase being used by city officials, etc. which is “facts not fear”.
I believe “know facts, no fear” is the idea behind it with the thought that the more knowledge we have about the Ebola virus the less fear we will experience about it. Having knowledge is empowering and it indeed does help the “fear factor”.
Yet, truth alone is not always enough. Our scripture for today states that the demons believe there is one God, yet they shudder. They tremble in fear . . . not because they are unaware of the truth, but just the opposite. They are aware of it.
God’s Word tells us, to the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).
If we choose to not only seek and believe the truth of God’s Word, but also commit to hold to His teaching (act on our beliefs) . . . then we are really His disciples, just as James states in (James 2:17).
Armed with faith in God’s Word we can face any truth. He will take our fear and turn it into freedom and peace–the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:6-7).
Prayer: Father, I pray at what time we are afraid, we will trust in You. (Psalm 56:3). You hold the world in Your hands and nothing catches You off guard. You are in control when our whole world may seem out of control. Bless Your holy name and help us to hold on to Your teaching, just as Your Word tells us. We love You and thank You for Your peace that passes understanding in the midst of our deepest fears. In Jesus name, Amen.
About the author:
Kay Davis lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband Ron. They have three awesome daughters and sons-in-law who have blessed them beyond measure with their eight precious grandchildren.. For more of Kay’s writings you may visit her blog http://singingbirdcage.blogspot.com that is titled Songbird. She finds solace in writing and prays that God uses it to draw others to Himself.
Have you experienced the peace that passes understanding when facing what would be characterized as a fearful situation? Would you like to share it with us?
There are so many things we can choose to be fearful of. Whether it is the fear of health issues, terrorist attacks, or how you will pay the bills this week, we have both large and small fears every day, tempting us to cling to them, rather than Jesus. This is Jason Gray, one of my favorite artists, and he sings of how these fears can take over… but we cannot allow it!
He sings “Fear is Easy, Love is Hard” and I think you will enjoy this song as Jason sings with his guitar in a coffeehouse. He has a life-changing message. -Lisa