Be Strong

April 14, 2011
by Judy Miller

Ephesians 6:10-11 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (KJV)

I have a cat that lives in my house. Sassy is half Siamese, so she doesn't shed as much as those that don't have Siamese in them.

I have noticed that when I take her to the veterinarian, take her out of her kennel, or put her on the table for the veterinarian to examine, she sheds profusely. She climbs into my arms for the security that she so wants. Also, when she was a kitten, she was scared or injured by a dog. When there is a dog close by, she sheds even more. I see this as a fear in her — fear of the unknown, fear of different surroundings, and fear of the past. The flip side of this coin is that there is a healthy fear. In Sassy, it is the fear of dogs — she knows that she has been scared or possibly injured by them, so she is protecting herself.

I wouldn't let anything bad happen to Sassy. In any scary situation, I comfort her to the best of my ability. She needs only to trust me, which she doesn't do very well in circumstances like these.

As Christians, we can also be filled with fear — fear of the unknown, fear of different surroundings, fear of something bigger. At times, our fears are justifiable, like Sassy's; other times they are not, like Sassy's. The unknown can be very scary — the unknown about the outcome of a diagnosis of cancer; the unknown about selling a house and moving; the unknown about a different job or career; the unknown about a lawsuit, an accident, or a difficult relationship.

Who can we trust in times like these? The enemy would love for us to remain in that fear and quiver and shake, not able to function. But he is defeated. Jesus Christ is victorious. We can trust Him. Yes, our trust muscles will likely have to stretch a bit here and there, and we may hurt for a while, but God is trustworthy. We need to lean into His arms and into His Word and claim His promises as ours. He is waiting and willing to comfort us. Greatness, and power, and glory, and victory, and majesty belong to our Lord and Saviour.

1 Chronicles 29:11a – Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:57 – But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, so many times we are filled with fear. We don't know what to do, where to turn, or even what to think sometimes. Help us to differentiate between healthy fear, and toxic fear. The enemy is defeated and You are victorious. You have commanded us to be strong — in the power of Your might. Help us to put on Your whole armour so that we can stand against the enemy of our souls. We humble ourselves, realizing we can do nothing without You. Oh, how we need You today! Amen.

About the author:

Judy Miller <gjmiller@telusplanet.net>
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

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