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Fear: In Control |  Moments of Comfort

Downhill skiing can be exhilarating! Being on a ski slope with a blue sky above, evergreens along the side, is picturesque! And then comes the rush of shooshing down the slope – gaining speed – handling the curves and rises!

 

Suddenly, something goes wrong and you’ve got a mouthful of snow! Then you remember the primary rule: ski in control!

 

Being in control is important on a ski slope. And it’s important driving a car, steering a boat, or riding a bike.

 

Being in control of yourself – self-control – is also essential. Emotions are a part of your personal being. Joy – laughter – friendliness are pretty well acceptable. But anger or coarse language usually aren’t.

 

What about fear? It’s a part of your emotional profile. But like other emotions, do you control it? Or does it control you?

 

We can be overwhelmed by fear of pandemics and cancer, of economic turmoil and government policies. Violence in the streets, international threats, massive migration across borders can also create overwhelming fear. Fear can control us very easily if we allow the media hype to be the strongest voices we hear.

 

If we’re going to “ski in control” – that is, to keep fear in control – the strongest voice we need to hear is God’s. Apostle Paul told his young friend Timothy a very critical principle.

 

2 Timothy 1:7 - God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

 

Those “in Christ” have received from God the gift of self-control. By His word and Spirit, He enables you to control your personal being – your body and emotions. He enables you to love others, as He has loved you. And He’s blessed you with the power of the Holy Spirit working in your heart and through your life.

 

So, what about fear? It’s not one of His gifts to you! Throughout Scripture, God calls us away from fear – even in the most dire and threatening circumstances. Here are just a few of His promises and principles:

 

Psalm 27:1 - The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?     

 

Psalm 46:1–2a - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.

 

Isaiah 41:10 - Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.

 

Isaiah 43:1 - “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”

 

These are the words of God. His promises to you!

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