Posts Tagged ‘fear’

What’s Lurking in the Shadows of Your Life?

Aug 22

by Victoria Robinson

Shadows can be either beautiful or scary. I get great enjoyment when the trees bring shadows into the windows of my home. When the season changes to autumn I love the rustling of the trees in the wind and the dappling of light as it shifts and sways. For some reason this brings comfort to my heart. However, I do not want my heavenly Father to possess the same qualities. That would be terrifying! Not knowing when the shadows would move and what in the world could be lurking in them.

Fortunately, the Word of God shows us that our heavenly Father does not change like shifting shadows. The apostle James describes God as, “the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” Our heavenly Father is totally trustworthy. In fact, in the book of Hebrews we read the wonderful words, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Just like the shadow of trees brings me comfort, knowing that our Lord never changes gives me even greater comfort.

Girlfriends, what shadows are lurking in your life? Is it the regret of your past? The stress of your present life? The fear of your future? If you are dealing with any of these dreaded shadows, then you need to embrace the comfort of your heavenly Father found in His unchanging Word. The Word of God is soothing to our hearts in times of distress. It does not shift or change like a shadow. The apostle Peter wrote a beautiful quote from the book of Isaiah, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.”

Dearest girlfriends, when we see shifting shadows in our life, lets us place our trust in the unchanging truth of our heavenly Father.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ~ James 1:17 NIV 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. ~ Hebrews 13:8 NKJV 

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” … ~ 1 Peter 1:23-25 NIV

Far From the Tempest and Storm

Mar 13

by Victoria Robinson

Many expositors believe King David penned the words, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest— I would flee far away and stay in the desert;  Selah I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.” It is believed he wrote this Psalm when his son Absalom was in rebellion. This was not the first problem David had with Absalom. The awful truth is that Absalom had murdered David’s son Amnon to avenge  the rape of his sister Tamar. Sounds horrific and perhaps makes us feel better about our own family’s problems.

If you have had troubles with a child you can certainly relate to the pain David was in. Yet even in his anguish he knew where his shelter was. In this tempest and storm he knew he could find shelter in the Lord. Whatever problems you may have had with a child, please know where your shelter in the storm can be found—in the Lord.

Just as David loved his son Absalom even after he murdered Amnon, your heavenly Father loves your child regardless of what missteps they may have taken. He loves them even more than you do, and I know that is with all your heart.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would always take shelter in the protection of our heavenly Father during difficult times.

My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest— I would flee far away and stay in the desert;  Selah I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.” ~ Psalm 55:4-8 NIV
 
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” ~ Psalm 91:1-2 NIV

Playing Games

Feb 15

by Victoria Robinson

One of the ploys of the enemy of our souls is to get us to play games. More specifically spiritual games. In other words, to live a life not motivated by a sincere heart. It can become so easy to play games by putting on a holy facade out of fear others will see who we really are. My favorite people are those who just allow you to see them as they really are—no games!

The most dangerous game you can play is to pretend to be something you are not in front of your heavenly Father, who by the way, knows your true heart regardless of your outer behavior.

The wisdom of this world tells us we need to play the game of keeping up appearances, while the wisdom of God guides us to live a life of honesty and sincerity. Dearest girlfriends, let us live honest and sincere lives that reflect our heavenly Father’s wonderful character.

We can be proud of our clear conscience. We have always lived honestly and sincerely, especially when we were with you. And we were guided by God’s wonderful kindness instead of by the wisdom of this world. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:12 CEV
 
Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell him the truth. ~ Hebrews 4:13 CEV