JESUS HAS MY BACK.
By Guest Writer
I have been trying to write a piece to publish on Face Book, but world events are moving so fast it is hard to keep up.
Earthquakes, floods, storms, leave a massive death toll and destruction. The displacement of millions of people by war is sleep shattering, political unrest and international strife for millions of people leave me gasping. I find fear and instability rife around me; church people are unsettled not knowing which shepherd to follow.
Please, ‘Do not let your heart be troubled, trust in God, trust also in Me.’ accept John 14: 1. Jesus was speaking to the hearts of his disciples knowing he was soon to die. Christ knew that he was not only going to die but would conquer death forever, opening up the promise of eternity for all who would believe. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes shall have everlasting life.’ John 3: 16. Christ knew he was opening the door to eternal life for all who believe. I believe, do you?
It was just days before his death when he said, ‘Let not your heart be troubled trust God and me.’
Christ was standing at the beginning of the grace age, speaking of a new era lasting more than 2,000 years. The age of Grace, it is sometimes call the church age. We are now at the further end of that 2,000 years of God’s grace age, and I say to you, put your trust in God’s word and don’t be moved by fear.
To die for Christ, and millions are doing so, is not a tragedy if we know that we have accepted and believed in Christ. We have already risen with him according to Colossians 2: 20, ‘Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him (Jesus) from the dead.’ If you know you have risen with him, you will be able to face earthquakes and disasters, and death without fear just like the apostles and millions of martyrs have done and are doing today.
DON’T BE AFRAID
So to all who know me, I urge you to find your security in the Lord alone.
‘Nothing shall separate us from the love of God,’ Romans 8: 31-36. Learn this scripture by heart, ‘nothing shall separate us;’ get this clear - nothing, even death, can separate us. You can’t beat that! So don’t let people, pastors, teachers, friends separate you from Jesus, if the news or message doesn’t sound good, doesn’t feel right, drop it.
God does not give us a spirit of fear; he promised this in 2 Timothy 1: 7, ‘For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (or fear), but a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.’ A few years ago I was suffering some physical problems, my wife printed off this verse using a large font and hung it near my bed. The Lord lit up the words, ‘God did not give us a spirit of fear,’ in my mind, today, I know fear does not come from God. The Spirit God gives us is certainly not fear.
I take courage, strength, and wisdom from the scripture that tells me I am a redeemed son of God. Revelations 5: 12 tells me that ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise.’ The Father gave Jesus power, strength, wisdom, in turn, Jesus has given the same to me. Jesus is at my back, of whom shall I be afraid.
Author: "You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page" - Jodi Picoult