LIVING WATERS BEGINS JUNE 2ND 5:30 Joe Wheeler State Park Floating Gazebo beside Lodge.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Did you know the phrase “Do not fear” is in the bible 57 times? The phrase “do not be afraid” is in the Bible 46 times and some form of “fear not” is there around 365 times. I have heard it said if you want someone to remember something make sure you repeat it three times. By my count we are told approximately 468 times to not be afraid and trust in God/Jesus. You would think it would sink in after that many times. However, how many times do we still get anxious, fearful, and worried about something in our lives? How many times do we get knots in our stomach over the thought of a conversation we need to have or something that we dread doing? So does that mean we are weak and distrustful of God? No. It just means we have some more growing to do. While listening to a pastor, not long ago, he made the statement that if you are worried about something or fearful then you are not a true believer. I thought no, that means you are human and you still have some growing to do in your relationship with Jesus. The day we know it all or do everything we are told in the Bible and make no mistakes is the day we must have woke up in Heaven. Only in Heaven will that be true of any of us. But until we wake up in glory we will make mistakes, we will fall short and we will do things that have consequences but doesn’t mean Jesus loves us any less. Bu it also means we keep reading the Bible, keep praying, stay in fellowship with other believers, keep growing so that we grow in our knowledge and in our trust of Jesus.
I pray today is a wonderful day and your anxieties are low and easy. But when anxieties do come, take a moment to slow down pray and ask Jesus to calm your soul.
See you Sunday 8:30 a.m. Early Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship.