Every day we wake up and listen to the world clearly shouting its troubles at us. We open our laptops, our front doors, and turn on whatever news outlet we use to see and feel the weight of tragedy and evil. How could anyone not be afraid?
Jesus told his disciples just before His crucifixion, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
He knew their whole world was about to be turned upside down; He was preparing them for what was about to happen.
There are over 365 scriptures in the Bible that say, “Fear Not”… that’s one promise for every day of the year. So, the next time fear or doubt comes knocking, let your Faith go answer that door.
On my 44th birthday, almost nine years ago, I was given the results of my testing at MD Anderson, that I had Non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma cancer. The doctors stated emphatically in that appointment that I needed to accept the fact that I would never be told I was cured or in remission, as there was no cure for this type of lymphoma.
So when cancer came knocking at my door, I said to that doctor, “With all due respect, I will do everything you tell me, because you are a world-renowned expert, but until I hear from Doctor Jesus we are going to beat this thing.” He said, “Keep that attitude, there are people that come in here with less cancer, they give up and die as soon as we tell them they have cancer.”
All the “What if’s” you can imagine of that prognosis were screaming in my head, but I let my Faith answer the door. Three years later, that same doctor told me I was in remission. Then not longer on August 7th, 2013, he walked into the examination room shaking his head. Now when you are at MD Anderson and the doctor walks in shaking his head, that is an “Oh God!” moment. He said he couldn’t explain it, but I was what they called a cure. I could explain it, I let my Faith answer the door.
No matter your circumstance, your “What if” situation or the trial you may be going through, if the confusion, heartache of that “What if” of life comes knocking at your door, do not answer it. Let the Peace that passes all human understanding and your Faith answer that door. Stand firm on the promises of “Fear Not” and that no matter what happens, not only does He love you, but He is with you. Let Faith answer that door.
Stay disciplined in your thought-life; this is why so many people are down and discouraged. Learn how to control your thoughts because fear WILL come knocking, and all you need to do is just let Faith answer the door. There is a story of a young man accidentally trapped in a refrigerated railroad car at work. He let fear decide he was going to die. Even though it was never less than 60 degrees in that car, he thought once trapped, he would automatically soon freeze to death. Even though it never got bad as he thought it would, in his mind, he accepted death as his only option. Was it cold? YES! Was it uncomfortable? Absolutely! But he allowed his mind to talk him into death. No matter what life-problem comes knocking on your door, do not give into fear and let Faith answer the door. Ninety five percent of what we waste energy “worrying” about NEVER HAPPENS.
DO what Jesus said to do. Jesus told his disciples just before His crucifixion, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 AND FEAR NOT!!! He is with you if you believe on Him as the scriptures have said to do. 365 “Fear Nots” for you to stand on today… Amen and Amen!!
By Wayne L Mack, author, speaker, community leader
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