Blog 119 for July 13, 2019
FEAR is the devil’s tool to make us forget God’s might, power, promises, love, and care. So. this week’s message to you from me is this: “FEAR not tomorrow, God is already there.”
It is a reality in this life that presently (NOW) we may be at peace, living and enjoying life to the fullest; while, shortly (It could be the same day), fear rears its ugly head. Now, what are we going to do?
FEAR is a disabler. And it’s in that moment that we lose sight of God’s ability to help in our circumstances.
(1) We must remember God’s mighty miracles. He opened blinded eyes. He set prisoners free. He made the lame to walk. He turned water into wine. He raised Lazarus from the dead. He healed Peter’s mother-in-law. He cast out demons. He fed more than 5,000 with a small lunch of bread and fish. He walked on water. He calmed the raging storm. He, Himself, walked out of His grave. And there are more and more and more. He’s still the Miracle Worker today.
(2) We must remember God’s Word and His promises. In John 6:16-20 Jesus said to His disciples, ”...it is I; be not afraid.” In Joshua 1:9, God said, “Be not afraid. Be strong and of good courage.” I John 4:18 says, “Perfect love casts out FEAR.” Other promises fill our memories, like, “Cast your care on ME, for I care for you.” “Underneath are the everlasting arms.” “As your day, so shall your strength be.” “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” I’m STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF GOD!
(3) We must remember Divinely inspired songs of the ages like: "God will take care of you," "I’ve got confidence, God’s gonna’ see me through," "We will remember the works of Your hands," "Fear Not Tomorrow," and many, many others, all written from experience and knowledge of God’s might and power.
FEAR is the devil’s tool to make us forget God’s power and promise, His love, and care. So fill yourself up with life-changing truths of God; build your confidence in the “Man from Galilee,” Jesus Christ, God’s dear Son. God is able, more than able, to carry you through. Turn your fear into peace...the peace that Jesus gives. Click below on the two powerful songs, via the YouTube, sung by the Collingsworth Family (Fear Not Tomorrow) and the Triumphant Quartet (We will remember the works of Your hands). Don’t be afraid; God will take care of you. Bess
Blog 118 for July 6, 2019
A Smoky Mountain Black bear came for a visit a few days ago. His visit was surprising; we didn’t know he was coming. Actually, we had gone to Gatlinberg to meet dear friends, retired pastor, J.D.Bailey and his wife Esther, for breakfast at CROCKETT Restaurant. This is an unusual, special and great place to eat breakfast. They are open until 2:00 p.m., serving breakfast only. If you are in the area, you must go.
Upon returning to our cabins about 11:00 a.m., we saw our departing renters shut up in the cabin, afraid to come out. The young mother of 2 small children had seen the bear pass by the kitchen window and heard the bear at the screen door. Needless to say, she was afraid. She closed all the blinds. Thankfully, without incident, the bear left, doing no damage to the property nor injury to our renters. In their “5 star review rating” of our cabin, she commented on seeing a bear; after the fact, it was a great memory to take with them as they departed.
I have learned some things about bears, both from the BIBLE and textbooks, and from the area people. From Is. 59:11, I learned that they roar; from Dan. 7:5 they can devour flesh; from Dan. 7:5&7, their teeth are powerful; from Rev. 13:2 & I Sam. 17:34-37, they have “claw”/“paw” feet; and from Prov. 17:12 & II Kings 2:24, they are mean. A month or so ago, a bear broke into a home in our general area, and caused lots of damage, tearing the kitchen cabinets off the wall, looking for food. We’ve learned to not put garbage bags out with food in them, nor leave a cooler containing food on the deck. We’ve learned to make noise; “yell” when we see a bear, so they run away. If in the house, we are to get pots and pans and bang them together making noise, etc.
The Smoky Mountains have over 1500 black bears. You might see bears when hiking or driving in your car. They may be alongside the road, at a water hole, or up in a tree. You may even see them when you "rent a cabin"!!!
I love reading about David’s life in I Sam. 17:34-37. I love the Biblical account of David’s encounter with a lion and a bear. David’s victory over them was stepping stones to God’s intended purpose for his life. Which reminds me, that with God by our side, we can defeat any giant in our lives, be it a lion, a bear, a monster, or any difficult passage. And so, our life is lived “from VICTORY to VICTORY,” ONE DAY AT A TIME.
It was amazing as we read our devotional scripture passage today, right there the “bear” showed up in Isaiah 11:7. Why don’t you read verses 1-10? What an amazing day, HIS coming will be. God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, make all the difference in this world and the world to come.
I love “bearing one another’s burdens and fulfilling the law of Christ.” Before I sign off, you must pull up in your memory the lyrics to “The Ballad of Davy CROCKETT” and listen to a YouTube rendition of it. You know he killed him a b’ar when he was only three!
Take care, dear ones!