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January 16, 2014

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One secret to live by in the face of adversity

by Dave Malnes

When confronted with fear…
When feeling overwhelmed…
When tempted to give up or to give in…
We are given these words from God:

Don’t fear

Stand firm

You will see

They are not just buzzwords, but promises.

They are not simple catchphrases, but words glistening with meaning and power.

They are not just suggestions, but commands given in the face of adversity — from a source we can fully trust – from a God who sees the big picture.

rock climberDon’t Fear. Stand firm. You will see. These are the same words that Moses used when His people were in great peril.

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you: you need only to be still.”

Six hundred of the Pharaoh’s best chariots converged over the small hills guarding the Red Sea. Swift, overpowering, and frightening. The Israelites were breaking camp when they looked up and saw the Egyptian blitzkrieg descending upon them.

Fear produces short memories of what God has already done for us.

The same Lord that brought all the plagues to Egypt and miraculously delivered His people from the clutches of slavery was quickly forgotten. Trust flew out the window like a sparrow at the first sign of danger. Panic gripped their hearts and Moses needed to give them a reminder.

His words still resonate with us today.

1.         Do not be afraid

We confront fear by remembering God’s promises and trust in Him rather than ourselves. God has a great track record. He always delivers on His promises by providing, protecting, and guiding toward His divine purposes.

2.         Stand firm

In the face of adversity, victory is assured. Our battles are really the Lord’s battles. He fights for us. In the meantime, we trust and stand firm.

3.         You will see

Adversity is God’s way for us to experience His constant deliverance. We grow in trust. We learn to conquer fear.

A miracle happened at the Red Sea. The Lord had the backs of the Israelite people and Pharaoh’s army were swallowed up in a devastating defeat.

crashing wavesIn this story, we are given one secret to live by in the face of adversity.

be still

“The LORD will fight for you: you need only to be still,” Moses said.

The Hebrew word for “still” means to cease striving. It means to trust that God is not only working in me, but He is also working in the situation or in that individual.

Be still and know that He is God.

Be still and turn your cares and concerns over to Him.

Be still for the Lord has your back. He is fighting for you.

Be still and “you will see” that our Lord had this all under control.

Be still in the face of adversity and remember that He is God.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jan 16 2014

    Great reminder of the promises and instructions from God.

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