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We hear about and see a lot of disasters and tragedy. As Christians we need not live in fear of these as the Lord is with us.

Proverbs 3:25 (NKJV) Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;

Nuclear war. Crashing economy. ISIS. Syria. Terrorism. Riots. Natural disaster. Cancer. Lying. Murder. Theft. Persecution. Job loss. Divorce. Rebellion. Disease. Accidents.

There are a lot of ways “sudden terror” and trouble can rear its ugly head in our lives. And there always will be until God dissolves this sin-cursed world and gifts us with a New Heaven and New Earth, as well as a sin-free glorified eternal body.

There’s no need to be afraid (genuine fear and despair) of this world’s terror and trouble because we already know The End. And we win.

Think It Over: Well, not all “we”. Only the “we” who have recognized their lost condition and helpless sinfulness and have said to Jesus “be merciful to me a sinner!” If you aren’t part of “we”, today is the day of salvation. Jesus could return at any moment (literally). Don’t be left out or left behind. Put your faith (trust in action) in Jesus now.

Want peace? Jesus told you what you need to know.  Check it out…

John 16:33 (NKJV) These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

“That you may have peace”.  Either it’s true or Jesus is a liar.  Let’s assume He’s not a liar. So what is the source of this peace?

Jesus is the essential source obviously but He communicated it to us in words: “these things I have spoken to you.” What things? Well, I’m not going to make it that simple for you. Go read for yourself. If you want true peace in your life no matter what is going on around you, it’s worth a few minutes of your time.

Think It Over: Hint: life is tough and difficult times will come. Especially for those who follow Christ. What can bring us peace during these times? Read the rest of John 16.

Purpose in life? Feeling discouraged or weary? Here’s some thrilling encouragement.

2 Corinthians 1:21 (NKJV) Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,

For those in Christ (that the folks who have said to Jesus ‘be merciful to me a sinner’ and placed their eternal trust in Him) they have been established and anointed by none other than the Creator of the Universe. Okay, so what? What does that even mean?

Established:  to be recognized and accepted

Anoint: to confer a divine or holy purpose

So to amplify the verse you could say: “As Believer in Christ, the Person who recognizes and accepts you as well as gives you a divine and holy purpose is God Himself”.  Wow. If that doesn’t do something for you, I don’t know what will.

Think It Over: How does it change your life knowing that God Himself establishes and anoints YOU? It’s more than a group thing talking about all Christians. It’s personal. He establishes YOU. He anoints YOU. Does your life reflect that awesome privilege?

This is not a very peaceful world and it is becoming less peaceful all the time. Why? Because the Prince of Peace is ignored.

John 16:33 (NKJV) These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Peace. Most everybody wants it but few seek it in the only place it can be found. Over the course of human history countless peace treaties have been agreed to, only to be broken. In fact, being eventually violated is the only thing we can be sure of about a peace treaty.

We make peace in our families and relationships knowing that it is simply a matter of time before that fragile peace is once again shattered.

People wonder why but ignore the true answer about why peace is allusive. The Truth is, it starts with the fact that we as individual sinners are not at peace with God. Until we make peace with God on His terms, we have nothing but a temporary and fleeting chance to make peace with each other, or to have peace in our lives.

True peace starts with making peace with God. That is only done by accepting who He is, admitting who we are, and coming to a place that can best be summarized by this simple phrase: God be merciful to me a sinner.

Once we have peace with our Creator, we now have the Prince of Peace empowering us to make peace with others, and enjoy true long-lasting peace in our own lives regardless of circumstances.

Think It Over: Seven words. Seven words that divide all humanity (“God be merciful to me a sinner“): those who have spoken them to God in sincerity, and those who have not. The former has peace, the latter does not, and cannot.

There is NO need to fear, ever. Don’t be discouraged either. You have all the help and strength you could ever need.

Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV) Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

If only I had more money. If only I lived in a safer place. If only the economy was more stable. If only the politicians I agree with were in office. If only I knew that I would never have a heart attack or get cancer. If only I could be sure my spouse will never cheat on me or leave. If only my kids would grow up to be good kids.

If only there was never a reason to fear… then for sure, I would never fear. Sorry, doesn’t work that way.

There is plenty you could be fearful of in this sin-cursed world but for those whom God loves, there is no reason to fear any circumstance of this life. God is with you. God will strengthen you. God will see you through. God will hold you up, walk with you and see you across the finish line. Don’t fear, don’t be discouraged… there is no reason to for He is your God.

Think It Over: Of course this gift is only for those who love God and have placed their faith in Him. The magic words are “be merciful to me a sinner” which indicates you realize who you are, who He is, and that He is your only hope to pay your debt to Him. For those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus, there is no reason to fear for I AM is with us.

There is no need to fear life. God does not give us a spirit of fear but one of security and love where we can call God Father.

Romans 8:15 (NKJV) For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

No Fear. A popular bumper sticker but nothing but false bravado unless backed up by a transcendent and divine knowledge from God’s Word that tells us what the future holds, and that we are safe and secure in God’s hands.

Otherwise, you have MUCH to fear. A life without the blessed assurances of God and the gift of eternal life is an existence ruled by unpredictable circumstances of which only one thing is for sure: if things are not bad now, just hang on, they will be soon. Even worse, there are a thousand ways you could die this very day and spend an eternity separated from your Creator who loves you, but also demands an accounting of your life.

Fear! Fear! Fear… that’s the truthful message for those who don’t know God. For those who do: NO FEAR!  God the Father is not surprised by a single event in our life and there is nothing that can remove you from the security of His gracious and all-powerful hand.

Think It Over: Do you proclaim the false “No Fear!” the world offers? Or the true “No Fear!” that only comes by placing your faith and trust in Jesus who died to save you from your sins and reserve your place in Heaven NO MATTER WHAT happens in this life? That is the only true “no fear” available to us.