Join us this Thursday night for the last Men’s Fellowship Night of this season. Pastor Bruce Koczman from Jesus Fellowship Calvary Chapel will be our speaker. Dinner is served at 6:15 PM. Come and enjoy a great night of praise and worship, challenge from the Word and fun in the Activity Center. Call America’s Keswick for your reservation: 800-453-7942
Fear vs. Faith
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1 ESV)
The closer David’s relationship with God grew, the more he put his trust in Him. David gets it! The Bible reassures/encourages us over three hundred times in various fashions to “fear not.” Fear is a choice! In fairness, if we look at the news long enough we realize danger is real. Personally, we know that situations are tough, and life happens to all of us. In addition, many of us have past circumstances that shape our anxieties, making us apprehensive. However, the reality, it is counterproductive to try to process through life by the emotional channel of fear.
Instead of walking on eggshells, David shows us another outlet, Salvation. In David’s writings, we see that salvation is more than the redemptive work on the cross. Yes, salvation offers the remission of sin, and gives hope to those who are distressed and dealing condemnation. And yes, it is the channel thru which a believer will experience eternal life with Christ. But it also is a covering for life now, and it saves people throughout the trials of life. Despite the past or what is happening at present, we have future hope of positive expectation that we can hold onto. God’s perfect love casts out our fear and where there is divine intercession it will cause us to look at our issues and potential struggles as merely momentary afflictions.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surelygoodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwellin the house of the LORD forever. (Psalms23)
We have a choice in every situation to either, have faith in our creator, or live in fear. – Juan Mendez is a graduate and serves full-time at America’s Keswick
Think About This:They who truly come to God for mercy, come as beggars, and not as creditors: they come for mere mercy, for sovereign grace, and not for anything that is due.Jonathan Edwards
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7