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Fear

The events of Monday morning echo through our minds.  If you’ve seen footage of the carnage in Boston, you likely won’t be able to forget them for some time.  Blood on the streets.  Chunks of brick and concrete strewn around.  People crying.  And fear.

Fear is powerful.

Fear can completely immobilize us.

Fear is something that everyone wants to avoid.

No one likes being afraid.  The feeling of utter helplessness that overcomes us when something like 9/11 takes place is something we never forget—and never want to relive.

It is especially in times like these that we need to remember that there is something greater than this life.  These events should encourage us even more to strive for that eternal city where there will be no terrorist attacks, no death, no sadness—and no fear.

Jesus promised His followers an abundant life (John 10:10).  But how does that fit in with what is going on in the world with shootings and bombings and…well, fear?

True followers of Jesus Christ understand that there are certain things which are simply beyond their control.  As such, worrying about them isn’t going to do any good, for it will not change the outcome. 

Jesus said, “Don’t be anxious about tomorrow” (Matthew 6:34).  A true, faithful child of God can have the peace that passes understanding, knowing that even though man may kill your body, he cannot harm your soul.  Look deep into your heart and ask yourself, “Am I living with complete faith in God?  Do I really have peace even in times of incredible uncertainty all around me?”  And when you find that the answer is “no,” take it to the Father in prayer.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7).

With God, you don’t have to fear.  Though uncertainty abounds around us, Christians “have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure,” and that is Jesus Christ.

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