Fear wants to steal your joy, take your courage and leave you cold, naked and trembling. Fear's basic strategy is to manipulate you with the mysterious and taunt you with the unknown--fear of death, fear of failure, fear of defeat, fear of rejection, fear of being alone, fear of God, fear of living. Yes the arsenal is vast, and what is the goal? To create cowardly joyless souls.
You see, Fear doesn’t want you to make the journey to the mountain. Fear figures that if if can rattle you just enough, you will take your eyes off the lofty peaks of life, and settle for a dull, drab, safe existence in the flatlands of existence.
This Sunday, we want to encourage with the words, DON’T BE AFRAID! A phrase that occurs 88 times in the Bible and is mostly spoken by God to his people. When these words are spoken by God, we can trust them.