SCARED SENSELESSBy: Darrelyn L. TuttA good adventure is filled with countlesss wonders, new discoveries, and truthful recoveries; appointed at just the right time and in just the right way in our "scared senseless" moments."Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am there you may be also. And where I go, you know, and the way you know."John 14:1-4-------This passage is spoken before words of fear, doubt, and worry are uttered by Thomas and Philip. These two men are scared senseless, my friend, by this utterance from Jesus.They've given up their lives and livelihoods for a walk with Him and now words of a strange and untimely sort are being forecast by Him."What are You talking about, Jesus?" is a summary of what they ask.Read the overflow for yourself (vs.5-8).Thomas and Philip are confounded and brimming over with doubts of the deepest kind.The kind that suggest potential for abandonement, forsakeness, and forgottenness.The kind that whisper harsh realities in an already dim hour.-Is Jesus going to leave us after we believed Him?-Is Jesus going to prove a liar?-Is Jesus separating Himself from us after everything we've been through together?Hmmm ...Feel the bite of the bitter wind in this scenario because it's surely blowing hard here, my friend. And along with this biting, bitter wind, we hear our own fears uttered.Thomas and Philip are "our" voices in our darkest hour, are they not?-Do we not fall to pieces and question the promises and provisions of God when we find ourselves stripped and removed from the niceties of life and the rays of sun?-Do we not question God in our hardships even though He has already promised us in advance how all things will turn out?-Do we not question, in effect, the promises of God and His very character when the big crisis is introduced?Hmmm ...The Easter adventure echoes the solemn vow of God in keeping His promises to us.Through the life, death, and rebirth of His Son, He urges and reminds us to trust in the strength of His sovereignty and sure power in His presence even when we're scared senseless.+God is faithful forever and always.+God's word can be trusted and leaned on no matter what our thoughts might suggest.+God will never abandon, leave, or forsake us.Our adventure and journey in life is going to turn out exactly and precisely as God has promised. Take another step into the Word and another step out of the world. Resist the words of men and choose the stronger and more formidable truth which will save you ... and journey on.Life is a crazy, beautiful adventure when it's lived with Jesus"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."John 14:27--------THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS1) Read through John 14 (x3) and consider the promises given before the questions were asked.This assignment has the power to encourage you greatly as you contemplate and consider your own fearful tendencies.What promises have been assigned you before your problems?2) At the core of all issues lie "identity" questions and these questions can only be settled at the cross and by God.Get alone. Be quiet. Open the word. Hear Him speak. See what comes. Great adventure lies ahead ... God promises.3) Select one key promise from John 14 and write it in your hand or somewhere on your body where the ink reveals itself.View it as a living tattoo and repeat it over and over throughout your day.Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.Believe. Believe. Believe.Journey on.------
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