"He Himself has said . . . . So we may boldly say . . ." - Hebrews 13:5-6
My assurance is to be built upon Godís assurance to me. God says, ďI will never leave you,Ē so that then I ďmay boldly say, íThe Lord is my helper; I will not fearí Ē ( Hebrews 13:5-6 ). In other words, I will not be obsessed with apprehension. This does not mean that I will not be tempted to fear, but I will remember Godís words of assurance. I will be full of courage, like a child who strives to reach the standard his father has set for him. The faith of many people begins to falter when apprehensions enter their thinking, and they forget the meaning of Godís assuranceó they forget to take a deep spiritual breath. The only way to remove the fear from our lives is to listen to Godís assurance to us.
What are you fearing? Whatever it may be, you are not a coward about itó you are determined to face it, yet you still have a feeling of fear. When it seems that there is nothing and no one to help you, say to yourself, ďBut íThe Lord is my helperí this very moment, even in my present circumstance.Ē Are you learning to listen to God before you speak, or are you saying things and then trying to make Godís Word fit what you have said? Take hold of the Fatherís assurance, and then say with strong courage, ďI will not fear.Ē It does not matter what evil or wrong may be in our way, because ďHe Himself has said, íI will never leave you . . . .í ď
Human frailty is another thing that gets between Godís words of assurance and our own words and thoughts. When we realize how feeble we are in facing difficulties, the difficulties become like giants, we become like grasshoppers, and God seems to be nonexistent. But remember Godís assurance to usó ďI will never. . . forsake you.Ē Have we learned to sing after hearing Godís keynote? Are we continually filled with enough courage to say, ďThe Lord is my helper,Ē or are we yielding to fear?
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