I WANT YOU TO SAY WITH CONFIDENCE: "THE LORD IS MY HELPER; I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT CAN MAN DO TO ME?"
This bold confidence is not a denial that bad things happen to My people.
It is a declaration of transcendent courage—in the midst of hardships and dangers.
The basis for this courage is My tenacious Presence with you:
I will never leave you or forsake you.
I Myself go before you and will be with you wherever you go.
I am well aware of your fearful tendencies, and I long to help you break free from them.
Most of your fear stems from pondering bad things that could happen—leaving Me out of that imaginary scenario.
This is a very harmful practice; it is also an exercise in unreality.
Although your future stretches all the way into eternity, there is not even one second when I will be absent from you.
While the psalmist David was being pursued by King Saul, he was in constant danger.
Yet he was able to write:
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
I am also your strength.
Whenever your mind wanders into the future, make the effort to include Me in that imagery.
See Me helping you, strengthening you, encouraging you.
Instead of being intimidated by tough times ahead, view them as adventures that you and I together can handle.
If fearful thoughts start closing in on you, push back the darkness with a shout of "Victory!"—confident in the Victorious One who will never leave you or forsake you.
From " Jesus Lives " by Sarah Young
"So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
PSALM 27:1 NKJV