Monday Musings with Julie

If you’re reading, thank you for joining Monday Musings with Julie for a recap of Sundays sermon and how we can apply it to our lives!

Over the next few weeks, Ray will be speaking about Embracing Hope and Rejecting Fear in our lives and where we can find guidance on this in scripture.

This week we’re going to look at what it looks like to reject fear and declare Gods promises over our lives.

Let’s start at the grocery store…. When grocery shopping, we’ve all seen the empty shelves and the chaos that’s happening in our communities. It causes different emotions in all of us, we each have a different response; but are our emotions and responses all stemming from the same thing? Is it fear?

Ray mentioned feeling angry at the store, angry that he couldn’t find what he needed, angry that the store was a mess, but then his anger turned to fear. Will I be able to provide for my family, when will this end, what’s going to happen? I think we’ve all experienced this to an extent, haven’t we? If not during this time, at some point in our lives we experienced fear, fear of the unknown, fear of failing, fear of letting go…

2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit of God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

The fear we feel, whether it be in our current crisis, or areas of our lives that existed before COVID-19, is not from God. It’s not in His nature, in fact His love casts out all fear. How do we stop that fear from taking over our emotions and our lives?

How do we practice self-discipline regarding what we do when we experience fear?

1: When we experience fear, remember and know that fear is not from God.

2: Practice embracing and declaring Gods promises of protection and provision of our lives.

To declare something means to take faith, to believe and declare the victory even when you can’t see what’s happening, and you don’t know what the result will be. Psalms 91 is a prayer of declaration, written by Moses, who lived through so much unseen in his own life. For the sake of not writing an entire book on Psalms 91, we’re going to focus on verses 1-2.

Psalm 91:1-2 ~Whoever 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.”

Moses is declaring that whoever finds shelter in God, will then find rest in His shadow. Shelter is referenced as a safe place, somewhere that offers protection, and we find that in God. He’s the Most High, His Kingdom rules over everything else, and He’s Almighty, He’s stronger than anything else, His shadow covers all of our stuff and because of that we can rest knowing He’s got us covered. Refuge is also a place of protection, somewhere safe when we’re in danger, and a fortress represents strength, something meant to be impenetrable. He is our refuge and fortress for the small things and the big things. No matter how huge the thing is that we’re afraid of, He’s bigger, stronger, His Kingdom rules over it all.

He’s asking us to trust in Him and believe nothing is too big for Him to handle, that He always has us. See, crisis reveals who and what we put our trust in, it shows us the reality of where our faith is.

Trusting in God means believing He is good, and that He can take every situation, every failure, mistake, all our mess, and make it for good. God didn’t make disease, we live in a world with sin and darkness, and sickness, death, and natural disaster a part of that. His love overcomes it all…

If we let fear fall away and acknowledge that God is bigger than anything we fear, He covers us with peace, He is stronger than any armor we could put on.

Church, is fear controlling your emotions, holding captive your thoughts? Take some time this week and read Pslams 91, and practice declaring this over your own life.

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