When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.

—King David

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.

That is power.

JP Robinson

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.

Love fearlessly,

JP Robinson

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.

God’s hand holding ours

But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.

Isaiah 43:1-2ESV

Okay so it’s more than one verse but the second verse is too good to leave out.  These are more than poetic words; they are God’s firm declaration of His abiding commitment to His people. 

God is a friend who doesn’t abandon those He loves when times get hard. When we feel alone, afraid or crushed beneath the burdens of life, He is the strength-giver. 

When are grieving and can’t find relief from the pain, He holds our hand. When anxiety threatens to overwhelm us, He is our peace.

It’s important to note that God never promised to keep us from the fire–He promised that the fire wouldn’t overcome us.  Take advantage of the comfort and strength He alone can provide.

Be Jesus strong, 

JP Robinson