I know that you are with me
It’s hard for a person to live without peace and comfort, because "fear brings suffering". It’s also difficult not to be afraid of all the events taking place around us from epidemics, wars and famines. Therefore, who can’t be afraid in the mist of these huge numbers of events unless that person is either oblivious and unaware of what is happening, or a true believer enjoying the peace of God after accepting and putting God’s word “ Do not be afraid” to test.
God has set real reasons to insure the true believer to genuinely not be afraid. From the Lord’s conversation with his disciples in Luke 12, we can extract five effective remedies for the treatment of fear.
1. Do not fear - the end is guaranteed.
“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.” (Luke 12:4)
What’s the hardest thing that might happen to you? Death!!
Apostle Paul said “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) and he also said “to be with Christ, which is far better.” (Philippians 1:21) So the most that human beings, events, and circumstances can do to you, is to get you closer to Christ, which is far better.
We are walking in a dark tunnel; the Lord told us that we would have tribulations in this world. But by faith we wait at the end of the dark tunnel as we cross over, a great glorious light, confident that all trials and pain will end. He has guaranteed eternity, do not be afraid of the wilderness.
2. Do not fear - the care is provided.
“…..And not one of them is forgotten before God.” (Luke 12:6)
You will not walk alone in that dark tunnel; the care is guaranteed in all the circumstances of life. The care means that the Lord Himself is with us in all aspects of life “…I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:1). It also means He will never forget us “…..And not one of them is forgotten before God.” (Luke 12:6)
Leave fear to those who don’t know Christ because “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,” (1 John 3:24). If He has died and redeemed and given the precious, will He not also give the cheap? “Fear not, for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 43:1)
3. Do not fear - your life is inviolable.
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7)
After losing everything, Job said “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away.” and he (Job) did not say Satan has taken away. Also, Joseph, after he was sold and sent to the land of Egypt said to his brother who sold him “So now it was not you who sent me here, but God.” (Genesis 45:8) He also stressed to them about his confidence in the authority of God who controls all of the events saying “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good.” (Genesis 50:20)
Satan also witnessed that our lives are protected when he said “Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side?” (Job 1:10)
Trust that not one part of your health will fall expect with the permission from heaven.
4. Do not fear - the reward is waiting.
“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8) Withstand the trial and trouble because there is a tremendous reward awaiting you. “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day.” (2Timothy 4:8). Paul did not say and finally it will be laid up for me, because the reward is already laid in your account.
“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter...........for he looked to the reward.” (Heb. 11: 24-26).
Look to the reward, for the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18), tolerate the trial because “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life” (James 1: 12)
5. Do not Fear because there is help present.
“Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, what you should say. “ For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 12: 11, 12)
There is special help for you specifically during the time of the temptation, not before or after. “But God is faithful, who will allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Trust that you will be a different person in that hour (hour of temptation) “If God is with us who can stand against us.”
I don't know what will face me tomorrow but I know that you are with me.