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p1040356With the quickly changing world around us many are fearful and scared for our futures.

This devotion looks at God’s promises to us.

 

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

Psalm 27:1-3

 

 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 55:22

 

Susan Orman writes in one of her best selling financial books a story about a man selling patriots. She writes that she was on vacation once in Key West when she saw a man selling patriots. She noticed that the patriots all where standing on their perches and they were not tethered or their wings clipped. They could easily fly away. This really surprised her. She went and said to the man that the birds must really love him very much because not one wanted to fly away. The man told her no that is not why they stay. He said they stay because he had trained them to think that they are safe on their perches and it is fear that makes them stay and not fly to freedom.

 

I think that many times we are the same way. We hold on to our perches of financial security, tradition, our intelligence, our skills, and cultural beliefs. We are believing that God can care for us but that it is better if we do it ourselves. We don’t go for the spiritual freedom that God offers us through his promises.

 

Jesus tells us in John 8:36: “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”. 

And in 2 Corinthians 3:17 “The Lord is the spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”

 

I know it is difficult sometimes to really let go of our perches. I know I hold on to mine over and over again.  I am then reminded about the old Indian myth that whatever poisons is found in the forest that God puts an antidote within arms reach. You have to look around and see what God has provided around you to counteract the poison. In the real world there are all types of poisons around us but God does put in arms reach the antidote. He will never fail to give us a way out or the strength through the situation.

 

In Beth Moore’s study: “Daniel” she talks about three different scenarios when people of God face a fiery trail:

 Scenario A: We can be delivered from the fire.

                             The Dividend is that our faith is built

Scenario B: We can be delivered through the fire.

                             The Dividend is that our faith is refined

Scenario C: We can be delivered by the fire into the arms of God

                             The Divided is that our faith is perfected.

 

 

God always gives us the Strength to stay with him.

 

 

Isaiah 41:10 says:

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

And

Philippians 4:13 we are reminded:

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

 

In these troubling times as I seek safety from the stock market or am poisoned by the world of material gain, and the times I hold so very tightly to my perch. I try to remember that God has put in arms reach of me the antidotes to my fears.

 

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand Firm, then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” Galatians 5:1

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