Going Deeper with the Message:
Trusting in God’s Power
by: Ben Biles
I’ve often found that fear is caused by a lack of trust. We fear strangers and show our lack of trust by locking our doors at night. We fear losing our jobs because we do not trust the economy or our management. We fear divorce because we lose trust in our spouse’s love and intention. We fear COVID-19 and other illnesses because we do not trust our bodies to recover. The truth is that when trust is absent, fear will always be present.
Yet, when we read the Bible, we find that the most repeated command is “do not be afraid.” This command is most often followed up with a good reason not to worry: because you can trust God with the outcome. In Matthew 6, Jesus commands his listeners not to worry over material things because “your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” Do not be afraid because you can trust that God will provide. Peter adds to this, telling his reader to “humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6–7). We can trust Him with our anxieties because He cares about us and has the power to change our situation.
However, trusting God is difficult. Trust is not a switch that can easily be flipped on. We want to have control over our situations. We want to feel safe and secure. Yet, when we trust in our own power, rather than feeling in control, we find ourselves controlled by our fear.
We have to come to terms with our limited power in light of God’s unlimited power. We need to surrender our desire for control and give God our trust. God shows that we can trust in His power through His Son Jesus. Though we were powerless to save ourselves from our sin, God sent Jesus Christ to rescue us from our sin. He provided a way when there were no other ways. God’s promise of eternal life is our firm foundation upon which no fear can shake us. And if God provided in the biggest way, then we can trust in all of His other promises as well. So, as Tim said on Sunday, “stand firmly in the promises of God” and allow His power to give you trust in the midst of fear.
Living out the Message:
The Promises of God
By Ben Biles
On Sunday, Tim encouraged us to stand firmly on the promises of God when we encounter fear, stress, and worry in our life. He includes several promises, but I have included even more here. We hope that they give you even more encouragement as you rely on God’s strength, power, and love in the midst of trouble and difficulty.
God is With You: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
God will Guide You: “I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel.” Psalm 32:8
You are a Child of God: ”But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12
You are Indwelled by God’s Spirit: “And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:6–7
You can have Confidence in Prayer: ”Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.” Hebrews 4:16
You are given a Spirit of Power: ”For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” 2 Timothy 1:7
All of God’s Promises to You are Realized through Jesus: “For every one of God’s promises is “Yes” in Him. Therefore, the “Amen” is also spoken through Him by us for God’s glory. Now it is God who strengthens us, with you, in Christ and has anointed us. He has also sealed us and given us the Spirit as a down payment in our hearts.” 2 Corinthians 1:20-22
God Promises Good: ”We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
God Displays His Power: “I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.” Ephesians 1:18–19
Promises for Future Glory: “Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens, so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6–7