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"But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.



How does it make you feel knowing that God is with you?

Are you able to trust the Savior?

We live in an uncertain time where headlines can bring us to a state of mild worry or sheer panic. Economic concerns,

natural disasters like tornados

and hurricanes,


and infectious diseases

that ripple globally have caused worry and anxiety to escalate: Is my family safe?

Is our health at risk?

Will I lose my home in an earthquake or my job in the next economic recession?

Even the mention of the words



and worry

have increased in the news, tripling in the early twenty-first-century years.

Though the magnitude of anxiety began to dissipate with time, many months after the tragedy, thousands reported still having trouble sleeping and making decisions, and pharmacists reported increased demand for antianxiety drugs.

Ten percent of travelers either canceled or considered canceling air travel (which may sound small but represents nineteen million airline passengers), and 37 percent at one time or another say they are worried about a biological or chemical attack.

Not in a long time have we had so much to be worried or fearful about.

Overall, most people’s greatest worry is loss:

loss of loved ones,

loss of health,


or family members.

Women today also have a greater fear of random violence such as rape, robbery, carjacking, and school violence.

As the world grows more uncertain and violent, worry is escalating.

Yet in spite of the fear that grips us, we can turn worry into wonder and live the adventure of following Christ.

In the midst of our anxious, worry-prone world, God tells us throughout scripture, more than 366 times, don’t be worried, anxious, afraid, or terrified.


Paul said in Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV) says

"Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

The One who knows the end from the beginning (Revelation 1:8) also knows every emotion men and women will struggle with.

Although the fearsome things on this earth seem to multiply, no matter what we have to face,

God’s message doesn’t change.


Lord God, remove the grip of fear on my life. Help me to trust You in all circumstances. Lead me to Your Word that will strengthen my faith in times of trials. I claim Your promise that because You love me, You will not leave me nor forsake me. I pray to You, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen.


For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west"


Isaiah 43:1-5 (KJV)

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