Tag Archives: In The Storm

Throwback Thursday: True Challenges

 

TRUE CHALLENGES

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.   -Phil. 4:13

 

Television is full of reality shows, but these are not the true realities of life. Reality is the family who goes through therapy with their autistic child in order to make life as normal as possible. Reality is the wounded warrior who served his country and now he must learn to live in a wheelchair and use prosthetic arms. Reality is the teenager who learns to surf again after losing her arm to a shark attack. Reality is the couple who prays over their seriously ill child for a miracle. Reality is learning braille when you are losing your eyesight. Reality is a woman, paralyzed from the shoulders down, who learns to paint by holding the paint brush between her teeth. These are all real people and the list could go on.

What can we do through Christ? We can do “all things”– not “some things”– but ALL. When Christians face the true challenges of life, they must lean on Christ. We have no strength in ourselves. It comes from God. We are like the Apostle Paul because when we are weak, then we are made strong (2 Cor. 12:10). Paul was sitting in a roman prison when he wrote Phillipians. He trusted God completely.

Rejoice as David did in Psalm 28:7, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.”

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

Throwback Thursday: Why Are You Fearful

 

WHY ARE YOU FEARFUL

 

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.   –Matt. 8:26

 

Jesus answered His own question. The reason the disciples were afraid during a storm on the Sea of Galilee is the same reason we are fearful. We lack faith. However, Scripture gives us many reasons why we should not fear.

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Is. 41:10). In Deuteronomy 31:8, we are reminded of God’s promises to never leave us nor forsake us along with a command to not fear. Jesus explained that we should not fear man, but we should fear God because He alone destroys body and soul. Jesus said that a sparrow does not fall apart from the Father’s will. “Do not fear therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matt. 10:31).

These verses show that God is always with us. He will never leave our side. He is our strength and our help. He is our God and He will uphold us for He values us dearly. We must believe these truths and cling to them when our storms come. They will calm our fears about our future and this country’s future. They will silence the fears about health, money, and jobs. They will soothe fears about our children and families. Our fears shall be as calm as the winds and the sea. We must condition ourselves to trust God more today than yesterday, and tomorrow we will trust Him even more.

“Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be moved, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;” (Ps. 46:2). With God, there is no room for fear.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

This devotional is from my first book, “In The Storm”, published four years ago. FREE Download At Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/640263