“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

Christians are facing things today that the early church never even dreamed about. The closer we get to the rapture the more wicked the world gets. The more wicked the world gets the greater the fear is.

And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Luke 21:25-26

We see fearful things happening in the world today that send fear into the hearts of people. 

Throughout God’s Word there is an underlying message that we can miss if we are not careful. “FEAR NOT.”  From the very beginning of time until this very moment God has given this message, “Fear not!”

“The early American Indians had a unique practice of training young braves. On the night of a boy’s thirteenth birthday, after learning hunting, scouting, and fishing skills, he was put to one final test. He was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then, he had never been away from the security of the family and the tribe. But on this night, he was blindfolded and taken several miles away. When he took off the blindfold, he was in the middle of thick woods and he was terrified! Every time a twig snapped, he visualized a wild animal ready to pounce. After what seemed like an eternity, dawn broke and the first rays of sunlight entered the interior of the forest. Looking around, the boy saw flowers, trees, and the outline of the path. Then, to his utter astonishment, he beheld the figure of a man standing just a few feet away, armed. It was his father. He had been there all night long.”

Time after time I was searching for peace in some void

I was trying to blame all my ills on this world I was in.

Surface relationships used me till I was done in.

But all the while someone was begging to free me from sin.

He was there all the time,

He was there all the time;

Waiting patiently in line,

He was there all the time.

Never again will I search for a fake rainbows end,

now that I’ve found the answer my life is just starting to rhyme.

Sharing each new day with Him is a breath of fresh life.

Oh what I’ve missed, He’s been waiting right here all the time.

He was there all the time,

He was there all the time;

Waiting patiently in line,

He was there all the time.

Gary S. Paxton

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27