Overcoming Fear In A Time Of Crisis – Pt 07 – No Matter What I Go Through, God Will Go Through It With Me – David Hibbert.
Hello again. I hope your are focusing on the things that don’t change, in order to give us stability in life.
We’re talking about how to overcome fear in a time of crisis. And as I said, What we KNOW is what gets us THROUGH. And so today I want to give us a fifth reminder, that will cause us to have confidence and courage and calmness.
And the fifth thing I want to remind us of, is that NO MATTER WHAT I GO THROUGH, GOD WILL GO THROUGH IT WITH ME.
We need to remember that no matter what we go through, God will go through it with us.
Every season, every stage, every phase, every crisis. No matter what we go through, God is going to go through it with us.
- We Are Never Alone
We will NEVER really ever be alone – God is with us. It doesn’t mean that we will feel God’s presence all the time, but we can be confident that God is with us.
God is not a feeling – God is a Spirit – and sometimes we “feel” Him with us, and sometimes we don’t. But God is with us right now.
God has never been closer to us than He is right now. God will never be any further away than He is right now.
Isaiah 43:2, NLT – (2) “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you pass through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned up; it will NOT consume you.”
When we go through deep waters, God goes through them with us. When we pass through deep rivers of difficulty, we will not drown. Why? Because God will go with us, and make sure we do not drown. He is like our personal life jacket – He will make sure that our head stays above the water.
When we walk through the fire, we will not be burned up. Why? Because God will go with us, and make sure we are not consumed. God is like our personal asbestos suit – He will cover us and make sure that we are not consumed.
That’s what we need to focus on – that no matter what we go through, God will go with us.
- Listen To God’s Voice
We need to focus a little less to listening to the internet, and a little more to listening to God in the days ahead. Why? Because man can only speculate, only God can revelate – only God can give us true revelation. He is the only one who knows exactly what is going to happen, and He will tell us what we need to know, and say what we need to hear.
And we can be sure, that whatever God says will give us confidence, and stability.
So we need to replace our panic with prayer. And we need to replace our worry with worship. And we need to replace our fear with faith.
And how do we do that? We listen to the voice of God.
Romans 10:17, NIV – (17) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith comes by hearing the word of God, not the words of reporters, who are trying to sensationalize the news, in order to get us to watch them so that they get higher ratings.
The word that is translated as “word” in Romans 10:17 (Strong’s G4487 = ῥῆμα [rhēma]) means “the utterance, the speaking” of God.
And it is that utterance, or that speaking, that becomes faith to us.
So we take time to pray, and as we pray, we listen. And when God speaks, His voice to us is “rhema”, and that “rhema” gives us faith.
And then we take time to read the Bible – the logos – the written word of God. But we don’t just read it – we pray it as we read it – and ask God to speak to us as we read it.
And suddenly, a word or a phrase just leaps off of the page to us, and quickens our spirit. What happened? The Spirit of God turned that logos word or written word into the rhema or spoken word of God, and suddenly, faith was stirred in our heart.
- God Is With Us!
Matthew 28:19-20, NIV – (19) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Some people find that sharing their faith to someone else, and speaking to them about the Lord is a scary thing. But that’s why Jesus said “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”.
When Jesus said “lo I am with you”, doesn’t mean that He only with us when we are lo, but He is not with us when we are flying up high.
He said “lo”, because the word “lo” (Strong’s G2400 = ἰδού [idou]) means “behold, or see it to be true”.
God is saying that in the midst of any challenge, any crisis, He wants us to use it as an opportunity for Him to prove that He is with us. That His presence with us will be so evident, that we will be able to behold it with our eyes, and experience it in our lives.
Because no matter what we go through, God will go through it with us. That’s an unchangeable truth worth focusing on.