Last night I had another great opportunity to learn of God's great love for me and all of His people. I am not going to lie the service started a little slow for me and I was getting sleepy, but I asked God to show me something...and He did.
The pastor started his serman with a story, this was what initially caught my attention. He told us about this fear he had when he was young and how in the end his mother (as it was mother's day yesterday!) rescued him. This was to show that of course his mother was his rock, the one who knows everything and can always protect him. We know that God can help us overcome all things, for "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13. "[He] is the way, the truth, and the life" John 14:6. God can truly help us, save us, for he knows all.
As the pastor continued in his teachings he spoke of giving God your full trust, trust that he will guide you and protect you. This is what I needed to hear...as you all know I am heading for a two month trip away from my family who love me and provide a sense of safety and security in my life. I have fear, I am afraid of this long journey, that I will miss out on something, that I will lose my job, that I won't make friends, I could go on and on, but we all know that Satan is putting all of these thoughts and ideas of fear in my mind. But, with God on my side I do NOT need to be afraid. "So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, 'Abba, Father.'" Romans 8:15. The Lord Jesus Christ is my father, he will protect me from all fear and evils.
After the serman, while in prayer the pastor stopped and said that he wanted those with fear in their lives and their hearts to stand up, right then and there to recieve prayer. I immediately felt this tug in my heart, God spoke to me. So I did what he said, then the pastor asked that those around to stand as well and put their hands upon those in fear. We all prayed together that God would overcome the fear in our lives and that He would give us freedom.
God you are so good to us, thank you for showing me that You care. Father, please continue to work in my life and help me to be strong in Your love. Forever and ever, AMEN.