Fear and dread have a merciless enemy that stands with drawn sword to protect against the ravages of fear and dread. Its name is Faith. Its source is the Word of the Holy GOD. Faith drives out fear and dread.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
If we can but saturate our minds in such promises, then the quartet of fear, dread, guilt and despair are powerless to harm us! You may ask yourself, does God exist now, right this very second? Is GOD there? Did he create all things? Can I believe Him? Does He care about me? Can I trust Him? Can I have faith in Him? The answer is the same to all the questions.Yes, yes, Yes, YES, Yes , YES , YES!
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. Psalm 33:20-22
Trust and joy are inseparable. Trust in the LORD and rejoice!
Do you fear and dread the future? Does the prospect of a bankrupt economy, loss of employment, the war, weapons of mass destruction, famine, and pestilences bring fear and dread to your soul? Do not fear do not dread.have faith in GOD. He is there.
When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain; Isaiah 57:13
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 2 Timothy 1:12
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Peter was not always fearful and in despair. Jesus was dismissing the people He had just ministered to and had sent His disciples on across the lake. A storm came up and threatened the security of the boat. Fear and dread engulfed the disciples, but Jesus came to them, walking on the water. Peter, forgetting his fear and dread, walked to the LORD, on the water. Only when he became afraid did he begin to sink. However, Peter, called to his LORD for safety. Jesus immediately took his hand and stated "O thou of little faith, why dist thou doubt"? What would you do if Jesus asked you to come to him on the water? What choice would you make? How much faith would you have? Really... be honest? Think about it!