SCRIPTURES: Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Judges 6:23-24 “And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. 24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah-Shalom…”.

THOUGHT: Psalm 23:4b says: “I will fear no evil”. When sheep live in complete obedience to the shepherd, they have peace and no fear. They go when he says go and stop when he says stop, much like the children of Israel following the LORD in the wilderness (See Exodus 13:21-22). When you are in complete obedience to the Shepherd and Bishop of your soul you also have peace and no fear, (1 Peter 2:25).​

The first mention of Jehovah-Shalom is in Judges 6:23-24, when Gideon became fearful upon being visted by the LORD. The LORD assured him that he did not need to fear, and he called the place Jehovah-Shalom. David the Psalmist says, “The LORD is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? …Of whom shall I be afraid?” ​So, it is true that if you are obedient to, sanctified by and separated unto the God of the entire universe, then there is nothing or no one to be afraid of. You will live in faith, be at peace and no longer have a life controlled by the troublesome trio of fear, stress, and anxiety (see Psalm 27:1-4; Psalm 46:1-3; Psalm 118:6; Isaiah 41:10). There are many comforting words of Peace in the Scriptures spoken to servants of God: Job 22:21 Acquaint now thyself with ​Him and ​BE AT​ ​PEACE: thereby good shall come unto thee. ​Psalm 85:​8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak ​PEACE unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

If you are experiencing fear, stress and/or anxiety in your life, the prayer below may be just for you. Also, Jesus Himself speaks to you a comforting Word of Peace: John 14:27 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. The LORD God is known as a God of war, but He fights for His children to have PEACE. By Him ye shall have PEACE (Colossians 1:20), because “For He is your PEACE” (Ephesians 2:14).

PRAYER:​ Dear Heavenly Father: I ​come to You knowing that You are the Creator and God of the Universe. I give myself to You as Your child for You are my God. ​I rest in my faith in You knowing that You grant me Your peace to calm the troubled thoughts and the worries of my heart. Give me the strength and peace of mind to focus my thoughts on You, Jehovah-Shalom, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). I surrender my life and the concerns of my life to You and ask that You take up my affairs. With the boldness of faith, I now declare, “PEACE be still!” In Jesus’ Name, AMEN! (See Mark 4:39)

About Pastor Lawrence A. Fox

We believe that along with many others, we are called by Jesus Christ to engage in a world-wide effort to reach those in and out of the Christian world with the message of full salvation and healing in His name. This effort starts in our own hearts through the power of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It then finds growth and nourishment in the fellowship of the local church and fans out through every believer’s home, in our neighborhoods, with our relatives, in the workplace and in every human interaction that we engage in on this side of eternity. We are excited to be ambassadors for God in bringing His message to a lost and dying world. II Corinthians 5:18-20 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
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