When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Last night I led a married men’s Bible study group in my home. Our focus point was how we as men can conquer fear. One of the brothers connected a Scripture on fear to his brother-in-law who’s battling Stage 4 liver and colon cancer.
The doctors have given him a limited time but, in spite of this, Joel is positive and full of faith, trusting that God will bring him through.
Sometimes as Christians we feel that we should never experience fear. But the truth is, fear strikes at all of us.
The Christian is not immune from fear, but he is greater than fear.
David—this same man that brought down Goliath—didn’t hesitate to admit that fear affected him at times. But, by turning his eyes from the situation to the Lord who had previously given him victory, he was able to find joy and consolation despite the circumstance.
We show the power of our faith by rising above the situation, confident that the God who rescued us from hell is more than able to deliver us from anything life throws our way… including cancer.
Marriage is the greatest gift of all time, one that God Himself established in the Garden of Eden. But, like most of God’s gifts, maintaining a good marriage requires a lot of effort, prayer and commitment.
Today, focus on giving your spouse an undivided 10 minutes of your time. No cell phones. No kids. Nothing that can distract you from each other and the priceless gift that you share—your marriage.
PS. My wife, Lois and I have started a Facebook page called Fearless Marriage featuring Christian content geared to helping couples achieve God’s vision for their marriage. Like our page today.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
The reality of these words really struck me in church yesterday. But with it came a question:
Do I talk about my problems or do I talk to my problems?
Admittedly a modern mindset might see Christ’s words as strange but He was all about teaching us to live as He lived. It’s easy to talk about what we’re going through; it’s harder to talk to them.
One night on a raging sea Christ gave us a supreme example. While the disciples were talking about the storm, He turned and spoke to the storm.
Peace, be still.
When circumstances seem contrary, take God’s Word of promise and echo them from your heart and mouth. Anxiety, fear, depression, even physical challenges bow to His will.