Indicators of Spiritual Maturity-Part 9

"Worldlings" experience all kinds of fears. Some are legitimate. Being afraid of fire, for example, can motivate people to be careful around it. There are irrational fears. Someone might be afraid to mix socially for fear of catching a cold or perhaps fear of being "put down." Some Christians fear ridicule if they try to talk to others about their need of Jesus or because they believe the Bible. For unsaved people to have certain fears is understandable. They don't have a relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ and so do not have the confident assurance of being in His loving and wise care. They have no concept that God's purposes are worked out in His people. Even the bad things, from a human perspective, can be used for ultimate good. God blesses but He also supplies sustaining grace for the trials that He allows. When He allows them, He has a good reason and one reason is to let us trust Him even when going through life's hardest experiences. Fears can warp and weaken the mind. Some folk, sadly, lose it mentally, in tragedy. For the mature believer, true trust in God alleviates the stresses of fear. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (II Timothy 1:7). There is a peace "which passeth all understanding." (From Philippians 4:7). Selah! The One who keeps track of the hairs on our heads and even takes notice of the sparrows that fall can give our hearts the calm assurance that He cares for us vastly more than the lowly sparrow.  Ron

"Tho sometimes He leads through waters deep, Trials fall across the way, Tho sometimes the the path seems rough and steep, See His footprints all the way. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Sweetest Name I know, Fills my every longing, Keeps me singing as I go."  ("He Keeps Me Singing" Luther B. Bridges)

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