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Throwback Thursday: Why Are You Fearful




But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.   –Matt. 8:26


Jesus answered His own question. The reason the disciples were afraid during a storm on the Sea of Galilee is the same reason we are fearful. We lack faith. However, Scripture gives us many reasons why we should not fear.

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Is. 41:10). In Deuteronomy 31:8, we are reminded of God’s promises to never leave us nor forsake us along with a command to not fear. Jesus explained that we should not fear man, but we should fear God because He alone destroys body and soul. Jesus said that a sparrow does not fall apart from the Father’s will. “Do not fear therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matt. 10:31).

These verses show that God is always with us. He will never leave our side. He is our strength and our help. He is our God and He will uphold us for He values us dearly. We must believe these truths and cling to them when our storms come. They will calm our fears about our future and this country’s future. They will silence the fears about health, money, and jobs. They will soothe fears about our children and families. Our fears shall be as calm as the winds and the sea. We must condition ourselves to trust God more today than yesterday, and tomorrow we will trust Him even more.

“Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be moved, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;” (Ps. 46:2). With God, there is no room for fear.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

This devotional is from my first book, “In The Storm”, published four years ago. FREE Download At Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/640263



Throwback Thursday: In The Dark





Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea,

and would have passed them by.  –Mark 6:48


Have you been in the troubled sea of disease, job loss, financial trouble, or sorrow? Have you been in the darkness of despair, frustration, or fear? Maybe, you are there right now. Jesus sees you and your trouble. He is with you just as He came to the disciples long ago. He does not leave you out there in the dark to struggle alone. He loves you, and He will help you.

Jesus was alone on the mountain praying. The disciples were in a boat which was being carried out from the coast by the fierce wind. Jesus saw them straining to row against the strong currents. He overruled His own Laws of gravity, and He walked on the water alongside their boat.

At first, they thought He was a ghost. Jesus said, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” (v. 50). Those are the same words that He is telling Christians today when we are in the storm. There is no reason for fear because He is with us.

Jesus got into the boat, and the wind ceased, and they were immediately at the other side. The disciples marveled at this. Jesus still does things to make us marvel at His works. He has not changed. He is the same, and He will do wonders in our lives. There is no fear when Jesus is near.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.