Fear Not, For We Are Redeemed

April 20, 2014

Friends,
For those who truly belong to the Lord, He repeatedly tells us, “Fear not.” And why should we have no fear? It is due to the fact that He has redeemed us. (Isa. 43:1) It is because He, who is the Almighty God, is on the side of all who, through faith and obedience, have come into covenant with Him. (Rom. 8:28-39) Because Christ intercedes for us (v. 34), “we are more than conquerors.” (v. 37) Because we cling to the God who is our Protector from the storm, from wicked deceivers, and from all the evil realm that is bent on destroying everyone, we are overcomers. (Luke 10:19 // 1 John 5:4,5) For the Lord –He who loves justice and hates robbery and evildoing (Isa. 61:8)– will bless and reward those who adhere faithfully to His Covenant. (v. 8,9) Such people are children of the Most High, and having been infused with His own Spirit, we no longer have a spirit of fear but instead the Spirit of sonship and power! (Rom. 8:15-17 // 2 Tim. 1:7)

So how do people of God behave when they pass through deep waters? They fear not, for they know assuredly that God is right there with them. (Isa. 43:2) They know that God has promised that they will not be drowned. (same verse) They know that the Holy One is their Savior. (v. 3) They rest in His words, “Fear not, for I am with you.” (v. 5) They take joy in knowing their impossible predicament will turn out not only for their deliverance, but also for God’s glory and theirs. (v. 4,7 // Phil. 1:19)

What a wonderful God we have covenanted with! He honors those who serve Him (John 12:26) and “gives us the victory though our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15:57)

Let us therefore give continual thanks and praise to our Creator and Redeemer, and put our full trust in His words, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.” (Isa. 43:1)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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